The Historical Jesus – Now With Even Less Futility!

Pat McCullough has written a response to my response to his earlier posts, clarifying what points he agrees with me on, and what he actually had in mind when he talked about “futility.” See too Brian LePort’s round-up of and comments on the discussion up until that point. [Read more…]

When Jesus Interrupts Your Bible Reading

Another thought-provoking cartoon from David Hayward. Perhaps less conservative Christians ought to point out to more conservative ones that Paul said that the letter is not merely dead but kills. And then, as they continue to seek God in the pages of a book, one might ask them in words from Scripture, “Why do you [Read More…]

If the Doctor met Jesus

I came across this image on a Christian meme Facebook page: It had to get a mention here, since it brings religion and Doctor Who together. But I’m not impressed with what it does at the intersection. If the Doctor were to encounter the historical Jesus, surely he would have been the Galilean exorcist, teacher, [Read More…]

Would You Answer?

Someone drew this to my attention on Facebook: Presumably the answer is this: If I were Jim Caviezel and got a call from my agent, of course I would answer! “Person of Interest” can't last forever.   [Read more…]

Westboro Baptist Church Joins the United Federation of Christian Planets

Westboro Baptist Church announced its plan to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Anonymous responded by taking over the Westboro Baptist Church Facebook page, where they have been posting things like this: News at the intersection of Christianity and Star Trek: The Next Generation always deserves a mention here. UPDATE: [Read More…]

The Historicity of Jesus around the Blogosphere

Here are some mentions of the issue of Jesus’ historicity and related topics from around the blogosphere: Hector Avalos points out that the evidence for Alexander the Great is (not surprisingly to anyone who’s thought about it) more substantial than the evidence for Jesus. In the process, he discusses a number of aspects of how [Read More…]

Two Powers in Hebrews 2?

Today my Sunday school class got up to Hebrews 2:5-13. I was really struck by the fact that the author says that he is speaking about the world to come. Was that obvious to everyone reading the epistle, prior to this point? Does that mean that the language about the exalted status of the Son [Read More…]

Any Fool Can Honk

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Like Shooting Feet in a Barrel

I sometimes wonder whether the key promoters of young-earth creationism are atheists trying to make Christians look foolish, and the key promoters of Jesus-mythicism are Christians trying to make atheists look foolish. If not, then there are a lot of people happy to shoot themselves and their stance in the foot. Examples abound… [Read more…]

Mythicism: A Concise Summary

After I mentioned Paul Regnier’s draft on my blog, Jim West complained that he had hoped the post would offer my own definition of mythicism. Since I plan to contribute to the Wiki too, I thought I should offer my own summary. And so I began writing this post. But then a commenter named Ian [Read More…]