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Blogging Break

Since I’ll be out on vacation all next week, there will not be any new posts on the blog. I’ll resume the following week, beginning Monday morning! Also, my Twitter presence won’t be frequent during vacation either since all my time will be taken… Continue Reading “Blogging Break”

Bart Ehrman on Whether the Gospels Originally Had Titles

All four Gospels are anonymous. One would think this is an uncontroversial statement but there are some (i.e. pop-apologists) who contend the opposite. Nevertheless, as far as all the internal evidence is concerned, the Gospels are completely anonymous. (And even the external evidence is… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman on Whether the Gospels Originally Had Titles”

The Koine-Greek Blog: Paul and the Question of σκύβαλον

The Koine-Greek gang is at it again, this time covering the controversial word skubalon that is featured in the words of Paul in Philippians 3:8. Here are a few ways English translations render the word. KJV: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency… Continue Reading “The Koine-Greek Blog: Paul and the Question of σκύβαλον”

Tim Crane: Religion and Violence

Tim Crane, The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017), 123-124. Given the violence at the heart of the monotheistic religions, it is perhaps not surprising that critics of religion should see its propensity to cause violence… Continue Reading “Tim Crane: Religion and Violence”

Marie Noonan Sabin: Early Christians Were Faithful Jews

Marie Noonan Sabin, The Gospel According to Mark, New Collegeville Bible Commentary (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2006), 7. Modern Judaism and modern Christianity may have developed along clearly different paths, but readers of the Gospels need to understand that Jesus and his disciples, as well as… Continue Reading “Marie Noonan Sabin: Early Christians Were Faithful Jews”

David Ellis Dickerson On His Experience Writing Bible Trivia Questions

The Bible is an immeasurably interesting book and most nay-sayers probably haven’t given it a good read. Why is it so interesting? Because it is a book of books written by people trying to understand their world and look to the future. In other… Continue Reading “David Ellis Dickerson On His Experience Writing Bible Trivia Questions”

Steven Tiger: The Bible’s Inconsistenices Are Not Surprising

Steven Tiger, Doctrine Impossible: A Journey from Dogmatic Religiosity to Rational Spirituality (Lexington, KY: 2017), 74-75. From a rational perspective, the clear implication of this 2000-year history of heterodoxy is that the Bible is not the inerrant word of God but the fallible words of… Continue Reading “Steven Tiger: The Bible’s Inconsistenices Are Not Surprising”

Render Unto Caesar: Jesus’ Subversiveness

The day after Jesus’ rather anticlimactic entry into Jerusalem on a colt (see Mark 11:1-11 as well as my post on the topic), the religious authorities send the Pharisees and the Herodians to try to trap Jesus with regards to a rather thorny issue.… Continue Reading “Render Unto Caesar: Jesus’ Subversiveness”

Justin Scheiber on Divine Omnipotence

Justin Scheiber of Real Atheology discusses in a video from 2016 the different definitions of omnipotence as it relates to theism. Scheiber shows how three common definitions of omnipotence are highly problematic. On a similar note, I am looking forward to the publication of Tim… Continue Reading “Justin Scheiber on Divine Omnipotence”

The Study of Christianity Asks, “Are There Errors in Matthew’s Genealogy?”

Twitter user @StudyofChrist asks the question, “Are there errors in Matthew’s Genealogy?” in a new video you can find on his YouTube channel. Matthew’s genealogy, which seeks to establish that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah (i.e. son of David and son of Abraham), has been the… Continue Reading “The Study of Christianity Asks, “Are There Errors in Matthew’s Genealogy?””