May 23, 2019

Non-Christian Sources for Jesus: An Interview with History.com Editor’s Note: Welcome to Number 6 in the May Bart Ehrman series.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Bart Ehrman I have recently had a written interview about the historical Jesus with Christopher Klein, correspondent with History.com, the web site of the History Channel.  I’m not sure what the title of the article will be; it should be appearing relatively soon, as a lead up to Easter. He has graciously allowed me to… Read more

May 20, 2019

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the post on biblical homosexuality published here on Monday, May 6th.  It is also number 5 in the Bart Ehrman series of guest posts.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= …Jeff Siker, PhD in NT and editor of two books that discuss biblical/Christian views of homosexuality, started his summary and assessment of what the Bible has to say about same-sex relations, in light of the recent vote of the United Methodists not to welcome “self-avowed practicing… Read more

May 16, 2019

Editor’s Note: Welcome to number 4 in the Bart Ehrman series.  /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Bart Ehrman QUESTION: Could Pilate have conceded over burial rights also? Granted this may not extend to those accused of treason, but as Pilate did permit some local customs, does this not open up sufficient space for Josephus’ claim over burial rights to be taken seriously? RESPONSE: This question arose a couple of weeks ago after I had returned briefly to an older conversation about… Read more

May 13, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Number 3 in the Bart Erhman series /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Bart Ehrman Many readers of the blog will already be familiar with my long-time friend and colleague from Duke, Joel Marcus, one of the top New Testament scholars in America (or anywhere else, for that matter).   Joel and I have known each other for over thirty years — since he started teaching at Princeton Theological Seminary, soon after I finished my PhD there.   He is especially… Read more

May 9, 2019

Editor’s Note:  Number 2 in the Bart Ehrman series. /Linda LaScola, Editor ========================= By Bart Ehrman Browsing through posts I made (exactly) six years ago, I came across this one (which deals with a subject I’ll be addressing in my new book) about Paul’s view of the future resurrection.  What I thought I thought about that issue *before* I started doing the hard core research for my book on the afterlife is very similar to how I still think now. … Read more

May 6, 2019

Editor’s Note: The rest of May will be “Bart Ehrman” month. Every blog post will come from Ehrman’s own blog — with permission, of course.  Bart is one of the earliest members of the Clergy Project – and possibly the most prolific and well known of TCP’s many writers.  He writes numerous posts per month – I really don’t know how he does it, while teaching courses and writing books at the same time. Most of his posts are private, for paying… Read more

May 2, 2019

By Chris Highland Editor’s Note: Our naturalist, freethinking TCP member and frequent Rational Doubt blog contributor offers us some beauty among the horrible images we’ve seen lately of Notre Dame burning. Thank You, Chris. /Linda LaScola, Editor ======================== It was shocking to see the cathedral of Notre Dame—Our Lady—burning, though she’s not really MY Lady (Lady Liberty with her burning torch is a French creation I celebrate, even reverence). While keeping in mind the obscene amount of human energy and… Read more

April 29, 2019

Editor’s Note: The “real” Jesus and Mohammed are alive and well in the minds of their believers. However, their popular cartoon characters are having some difficulties these days. /Linda LaScola, Editor ============================ By Bob Ripley You’ve heard of Jesus and Mohammad.  But to see them depicted together, sitting at a bar, may seem farfetched. Nevertheless, Jesus and Mo is a satirical comic strip depicting these two religious icons.  Jesus is, of course, the author of Christianity.   Mo claims to be the… Read more

April 25, 2019

Editor’s Note:   This is an excellent review of what sounds like an excellent book – not about religion, but about depression.  Of course, depression can strike anyone, and it is also a condition suffered by many people as they ponder their situation as religious leaders who are no longer religious. The writer of this essay, a Dennett-LaScola study participant and one of the original members of The Clergy Project, has urged me to read this book, and I will./Linda LaScola,… Read more

April 22, 2019

Editor’s Note: With this post, Easter is finally over, here on the Rational Doubt blog.  We’ve enjoyed the music, pondered new meaning for the cross with a Freethinker and now we put it all to rest with this former preacher’s searing criticism of a religion that kills its own God.  Linda LaScola/Editor ======================= By David Madison Christian theology fails the decency test When crucifixes are part of church and home décor—and even sported as jewelry—it’s hard to get the point across… Read more

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