The Weekly Roundup – 2.14.20

Happy Valentine's Day! To both of my readers, I love you! Over at Is That in the Bible? readers can find a lengthy post on the story of Joseph entitled "From Robes to Riches: The Fairytale of Joseph." In this piece, Paul Davidson discusses issues related to genre, sources, redaction, and more. This is not... Continue Reading →

Caught in the Act: SJ Thomason Is At It Again

"You shall not steal." Exodus 20:15, NRSV This year pop-apologist SJ Thomason finally published her long-awaited book titled Why Christianity Matters: Historical, Sociocultural, and Moral Reasons to Follow Jesus Christ.[1] It is little more than blogposts she has written in the past warmed over with little to no editing. Expectations, in other words, aren’t very high. The... Continue Reading →

Text of Triggerman’s Recent Talk

Today Triggerman posted the content of his talk that he gave at the same event in which I gave my own. You can find it here. I won't offer any commentary at this time other than to say Triggerman's worldview and the worldview I had about eight years ago would have been almost perfectly aligned.... Continue Reading →

The Bible’s (Mis)Use in Society

Below is the text of a brief talk I gave for my friend Doug Carpenter today. Doug approached me a while back and asked if I'd be willing to speak on the role of the Christian scriptures on society. My talk was balanced by Christian blogger Triggerman1976 and I hope to link to his talk... Continue Reading →

The Weekly Roundup – 2.7.20

You didn't want it, ask for it, or need it, but nevertheless the Weekly Roundup has returned! Andre Gagne (PhD, Université catholique de Louvain/Université de Montréal) posted the first in a series on eschatology entitled "Unraveling the 'End Times,'" complete with that charming Canadian accent we've all come to love in our neighbors to the... Continue Reading →

Musings on Mark: Reign of the Demons

Jesus’ first public miracle in the Gospel of Mark is an exorcism (Mark 1:23-26) This is no coincidence; neither is the fact that it is contained within a pericope portraying Jesus as a teacher (vv. 21-28). On a narrative level, the Markan author desires to show how Jesus is the one with unique authority: he... Continue Reading →

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