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…]

No Question?

David Hayward’s cartoon today depicts a church where questions are not permitted. There is also a church where explanations are not permitted, which I blogged about previously. In that case, it is in fact a result of somewhat awkward and unfortunate English composed by someone that is not a native speaker. The meaning is that [Read More…]

Appropriately Skeptical Thomas

The above cartoon depicts the caricature of a doubter, and specifically of Thomas who became known as “Doubting Thomas.” But is skepticism in the face of seemingly incredible claims really inappropriate? Was Thomas the fool depicted in the cartoon above, or wiser than far too many gullible Christians today, whose unwillingness or inability to doubt [Read More…]

It All Started With That 150 Gallons of Wine

This cartoon from ASBO Jesus offers a humorous slant on an aspect of the Cana story in John 2 that can be problematic. Jesus is depicted as making 120-180 gallons of really excellent wine at a wedding at which people had already drunk so much that they had depleted whatever supply those involved in planning [Read More…]

Distorted Images

A friend and colleague shared an article on Facebook about the distorted view of the area of land masses that we get from conventional Mercator maps. This is a Peters map, which shows area accurately: This doesn't mean that the above map is “right” and the ones that we use more often are “wrong.” A [Read More…]

Drive Carefully!

Thanks to Hemant Mehta for reminding us that it is not only Easter tomorrow, but also “Jesus, Take The Wheel” Day. I am pretty sure no one will be observing the occasion. But be careful out there, just in case.   [Read more…]

Good Friday: Spoiler, Summary, Stomp

The student who presented today in my class on the Bible shared this meme image: That Jesus dies is a spoiler only in the sense that the sinking of the ship is a spoiler for those who watch the movie┬áTitanic. But what is noteworthy in the attempts at humor is the penchant for this to [Read More…]

Jesus Wore a Red Shirt

This seemed worth posting again, since this week brings together Jesus’ death (foreseen, according to the Gospels, as clearly as that of a redshirt in a landing party) and the wearing of red to show support for marriage equality. Some people are having to explain that you can be in favor of marriage equality as [Read More…]

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

Apparently the term “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum” meaning “new commandment.” The reference is to John 13, which features the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, followed by his statement about a new commandment he has given them, to love one another. We actually reached this passage in my class [Read More…]

It May Cost You Friends

Doing the right thing may cost people friends. That has always been the case. Particularly in view of my post earlier today, expressing the wish that more Christians would stand up for the marginalized and practice courageously inclusive love, instead of standing against science or engaging in other such distractions, I felt the need to [Read More…]