Front-loading the Christian Argument

On the John Shore post that I just wrote about he links to a older post of his own.In his latest post he suggests that Christianity is logical. In context, I think he means that if you accept the subjective religious experience that is itself outside of logic, then you can begin to apply the logic that proceed from that insight and arrive at his brand of Christianity. I point that out because his older post is titled The rational genius of Christianity, and that might seem like waving a … [Read more...]

Kaiju Jesus

I'm just going to assume that this story from The Wrap is a joke until I see the trailer:Kevin Smith has announced a brand new movie titled “Helena Handbag” that will find ”mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus,” according to the filmmaker’s Facebook page.The script, dated Dec. 30, 2013 and credited to Smith and longtime collaborator Scott Mosier, will be based on a story from the 52nd episode of Smith’s popular SModcast pod … [Read more...]

The Jesus Conspiracy

Via PR Web, an announcement of an upcoming symposium:Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His … [Read more...]

O’Reilly Round-up

Bill O'Reilly has completed his trifecta of historical failure. After Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, both of which were panned by historians, O'Reilly and his ghost writer Martin Dugard have produced Killing Jesus.It's not as bad as you think it is. It's worse.Albert Schweitzer once said something to the effect of every Jesus scholar is looking down a well, and the man they see at the bottom is actually a distorted reflection of themselves. This is true for the Raza Aslan's … [Read more...]

A Good Way to Die

Candida Moss on the death of Socrates:Roman writers, early Christians, medieval theologians, and Renaissance thinkers all trumpeted Socrates as a model of conduct for their audiences. There’s no doubt that Socrates was influential, not least in the work of his student Plato. It’s ironic, though, that for all of his notoriety and reputation as the world’s wisest man, Socrates is famous largely for the manner in which he died. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus, for instance, alludes to Socra … [Read more...]