Mad Comparison of the Bible and Donald Trump

Hemant Mehta shared a link to a MAD Magazine special issue, which included a two-page feature comparing things that Donald Trump has said with things found in the Bible. One could do this with any candidate, pretty much. But in the case of Trump it seems particularly appropriate because of the way that certain religious [Read More…]

Jesus as American Presidential Candidate

Jimmy Kimmel got a man dressed like Jesus to read actual quotes from candidates in this year’s presidential primary elections. I think it makes a useful point to those who think they are supporting candidates because they are followers of Jesus. [Read more…]

The Gist of Jesus

It has been interesting teaching my course on the historical Jesus again. Even in the few years that have passed since the last time I taught it, the strong shift in the academy away from an older approach to the subject has been very noticeable. Much of this is due to the impact of the work [Read More…]

Sounds Like Yoda, Thomas Merton Does

While it could be argued that anyone will sound like Yoda if you rearrange their sentences in the characteristic way, Tim Suttle still seems to be onto something when he singles out these quotes as having a Yoda-like quality to them: “The mark of spiritual insecurity, anxiety is.”  “The most heroic labor and the most difficult [Read More…]

Critique of Pure Welding

It seems that everyone is aware that Marco Rubio’s statement about welders making more than philosophers was simply wrong. It also ignored facts such as that students study philosophy as groundwork for law school and other highly-paid careers. But most worrying about the statement is the way it seeks to antagonize two groups in society [Read More…]

Proof Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Care What the Bible Says

The Institute for Creation Research recently shared the above image on Facebook, claiming that Jesus quotes from Genesis more often than any other book in the Old Testament. That claim is verifiably false. This is a clear example of them (1) assuming that what is central to them simply must have been important to Jesus, (2) not [Read More…]

Making Christianity Easier

Benjamin Corey wrote a post that offers an explanation of the popularity of end-times Christianity: The end times version of Christianity that many of us grew up with has been immensely popular, not because it’s true, but because it’s easy. Prior to the invention of end times fanaticism, Christians were busy trying to change the world [Read More…]

How Liberal Scholars are Made

Yuriy Stasyuk shared the image above on Facebook, with a quote from Daniel Wallace. It draws attention to the fact that studying the Bible in a rigorous, academic way, results in people feeling compelled to draw conclusions which conservatives dislike – in many cases, which they themselves dislike, having started out as conservatives. Most liberal Biblical [Read More…]

Wisdom from Desmond Tutu

A couple of images which together articulate the approach to nonviolent activism and reconciliation that has characterized Desmond Tutu's career. I am looking forward to seeing what the Desmond Tutu Center created at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary will do to further those aims.   [Read more…]

Jesus and the Historian’s Craft

Tim O’Neill has posted part 1 and part 2 of an online article which is getting a lot of discussion: “An Atheist Historian Examines the Evidence for Jesus.” He does a really good job not just of explaining what the positive evidence is for there having been a historical Jesus, but why mythicist counterarguments are unpersuasive, [Read More…]


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