Category: Christianity

Revisiting the Death(s) of Judas: Triggerman’s Novel Approach

INTRODUCTION Earlier this year I wrote a short piece on the Matthean and Lukan versions of the death of Judas (Matthew 27:3-10, Acts 1:18-19).[1] In it I argued that the two accounts are fundamentally incompatible and that the standard attempts to reconcile them fall flat… Continue Reading “Revisiting the Death(s) of Judas: Triggerman’s Novel Approach”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19

Note: This will be the final Weekly Roundup of 2019. Claude Mariottini recently posted a piece explaining why the common Christian interpretation of Melchizedek as a Christophany doesn’t add up and serves to undermine the claims made in the book of Hebrews that Jesus… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.25.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19

“So, reader be warned. Cultivating sensitivity to Christian anti-Judaism involves re-learning or at least re-thinking a body of material that “everybody knows.” Un-learning and re-learning, in my experience, is always challenging, often annoying, sometimes infuriating.” – Heather Thiessen. @AlchemistNon has constructed a moral argument… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Lightning and Light

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. So far in our examination of Ray Comfort’s Scientific Facts in the Bible[1] we have observed that Comfort has been wrong on just about everything. Not only is his exegesis of biblical texts… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Lightning and Light”

Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction

INTRODUCTION If you were to ask my dad how he became a Christian, he would no doubt tell you about his friend who handed him a King James Version New Testament and asked him to read the Gospel of John. As a single dad… Continue Reading “Musings on Mark: Markan Christology – Introduction”

(Re)Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 7

To see more posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. Near the end of my sophomore year, the two floor leaders on my hall nominated me to become a floor leader for the beginning of my junior year. I interviewed for the… Continue Reading “(Re)Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 7”

The Weekly Roundup – 6.28.19

“Aren’t mistakes, contradictions, myth, etc exactly what you would expect from a non-divine book?”– @AlchemistNon @AlchemistNon has a new post over at his blog on why he left Christianity. Our stories have a lot of similarities: a fervency for evangelism, continuous reading of the… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.28.19”

Amateur Exegesis – Episode 1: Something’s Off

The inaugural episode of my new podcast Amateur Exegesis has arrived!

The Weekly Roundup – 6.7.19

“When Jesus calls Herod Antipas a ‘fox’ (Luke 13:32), most modern European readers will automatically think this means he considered Herod to be particularly clever or craft….The same association would naturally have occurred to a Greek reader in the 1st century. In Greek literature,… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.7.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19

“The ‘Amalgam Jesus’ idea boils down to little more than hand waving. It is a vague and grudging admission that there may be some historical kernels in the story, but a rather muddle-headed attempt to keep this from becoming an acceptance that there was… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19”