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April 12, 2016
AskMeAnything on Early Christianity (and Judaism), on Reddit!
I just started an AMA on the fantastic /r/HistoryOfIdeas subreddit, the link to which can...
April 03, 2016
The Incompatibilities of Catholicism and Critical Thought
The first post I made on this blog set forth my agenda on Patheos: to...
March 17, 2016
St. Patrick, the Snakes, and the Forging of Christian Mythology
It's become somewhat of a modern blogging tradition, around St. Patrick's Day, for several articles to come...
March 09, 2016
Afterlife Punishment in the New Testament and the New Academic Apologetics
A couple of months ago I wrote a post entitled “'But If You Look at the Original...
March 08, 2016
The Enigmatic Origins of the Gospel of John (and Eyewitness Testimony)
(This post is a continuation of my last one, addressing some arguments by Catholic...
March 04, 2016
The Historical Jesus and the Gospel Witnesses? (A Response to Brant Pitre)
In my previous post, I tackled the first of Catholic Biblical scholar Brant Pitre's responses to...
March 03, 2016
Creationism Sneaking in Through the Front Door of the Science Journal PLOS ONE?
Update: upon further clarification by the paper authors and others, it really does look like...
March 01, 2016
Doubting Tradition: A Critical Response to a Catholic Biblical Scholar’s Response to Atheists
Over at StrangeNotions, Catholic Biblical scholar and theologian Brant Pitre has responded to a...
February 16, 2016
The Christian Moral Imperative to Not Have Children
"The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to...
January 27, 2016
The Strange Medieval Tale of Judas’ Aerial Battle With (and Rape of) Jesus
The Toledot Yeshu is a notoriously elusive text—or rather, a sort of corpus of related texts, some...
January 24, 2016
Christians: Jesus Didn’t Give You Strict Rules Only to Encourage Dependence on Him
In the past few days, I've had several chance encounters with what seems to be...
January 18, 2016
The Real Problem of Proselytizing: Penn Jillette Redux
I've noticed recently that an old video from consummate magician/entertainer Penn Jillette has resurfaced again, making the social media rounds...
January 11, 2016
God and Child Sacrifice (Ezekiel 20:25-26): The Last Pieces of the Puzzle
This is now, in effect, my third post—and hopefully the last one—in a series on the multifaceted and...
January 06, 2016
Does God Admit that He Legally Sanctioned Child Sacrifice in the Book of Ezekiel?
About a month ago, I wrote a post entitled "The Legacy of Child Sacrifice in Early...
December 30, 2015
Toward “Empirical” Evidence of Biblical Errancy? (And Why it Matters)
There are some people today—many, in fact—who believe that the Bible is totally without...
December 15, 2015
“But If You Look at the Original Greek…”: A Plea for Caution
(Some of the impetus for this post was inspired by a similar one on Reddit's /r/Christianity from about a year...
December 09, 2015
Is the Current Issue of National Geographic Biased in Favor of Miracles?
Yesterday I made a post questioning conspiracies and inaccuracies about the recent acquisition of National Geographic by 21st Century Fox—that...
December 08, 2015
No, National Geographic Isn’t Suddenly Conservative/Religious
The top of Reddit's /r/atheism is currently graced by a post titled "WTF... National Geographic runs a...
November 30, 2015
The Legacy of Child Sacrifice in Early Judaism and Christianity
"Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum..." In this post I want explore how in the earliest...
November 19, 2015
The “Second Coming” and the Decisive Failure of Christianity
Over at Unfundamentalist Christians, Chuck Queen has written a post questioning whether Christians necessarily have to believe in...
November 17, 2015
The World Table: a New Comment System on Patheos, to Remedy Old Problems
I'm happy to be one of the first blogs here to adopt The World Table. The...
November 17, 2015
Was the Old Testament God Really Powerless Against “Iron Chariots”?
Judges 1:19 has become a popular Biblical verse for critics of Christianity. A phrase/idea in...
November 13, 2015
In Defense of the Christian God as “Magic Sky Fairy”
Little stands as an object of greater (counter-)ridicule for atheists on the internet than the popularity of...
November 09, 2015
What Did Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Really Accomplish?
Death is the last weapon of the tyrant, and the point of the resurrection, despite...
November 07, 2015
Mormonism, Masculinity, and Magic (Part 1)
So, in the course of looking for something that I'm pretty sure was completely unrelated,...
October 28, 2015
The Bible and “Allegory,” “Metaphor,” etc.
My purpose in this post is pretty modest: encouraging everyone to be more careful with the...
October 20, 2015
Did Christ Go Up to “Hell,” Not Down?
The Descensus ad Inferos—the idea of the postmortem descent of Christ into the underworld—has been an...
October 14, 2015
The One Film Everyone Who Thinks Abortion Should Be Illegal Should See
A long time ago, I liked to smoke pot. A lot. I don't have any ethical...
October 12, 2015
Evangelicals, Academia, & Inerrancy: Enns’ “Inspiration and Incarnation,” 10 Years On
Note: this post is a contribution to the Patheos Book Club discussion on the recently published second edition...
October 07, 2015
Religious Conviction and the Refusal to Admit Error
Would heretics dare to come to the very seat of Peter whence apostolic faith...
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