The Brilliance of Mythicism

I’ve sometimes heard people deride young-earth creationists, mythicists, and various others as “stupid.” But that is grossly unfair. Whether someone is wrong need not and often does not correlate with their intelligence or lack thereof. Indeed, it can require astounding mental acumen to find ways to defend one’s viewpoint against impressive counter-evidence. For an extreme illustration [Read More…]

Origen vs. Ken Ham

This meme came my way via God of Evolution on Facebook, and I have been meaning to share it for some time. [Read more…]

Origen on Adam (Corrected)

Ken Brown pointed out that the image I shared misattributed the quotation to the wrong work by Origen. I apologize for not having verified every last detail before sharing it. And so, in light of that, and since I wasn’t entirely happy with the use of “man” where “humanity” was meant in the translation used, I [Read More…]

Origen on Adam

Of related interest, see Jared Calaway’s recent blog post about what Origen wrote about animal poop on Noah’s ark. [Read more…]

Review of Charles E. Gutenson, The Right Church

I responded with eagerness to the invitation to be part of the Patheos Book Club about Charles E. Gutenson’s book The Right Church: Live Like the First Christians. But upon receiving a copy and seeing the subtitle, I began to have doubts – was this going to be yet another of those books that claims [Read More…]

Scholars and Apologists

The term “apologist” has become an insult, but it was not always so. If we consider those who tend to be placed in the category “apologist” in the early church – figures like Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Origen – then clearly they were also as much “scholars” as anyone in their time. The lines can [Read More…]