History teachers have it relatively easy

With all due respect to James McGrath, historical skepticism never gets quite this bad. Courtesy of SMBC (click image for original)

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Star Trek: Resurrection (fun with continuity errors)

This last week’s episode of the Unbelievable? radio show was a rerun, but a good one to listen to (if you’re patient, that is). It was a conversation between apologist Jay Smith and atheist Stephen Pilcher concerning the so-called “Easter Challenge“: can you weave together all the NT accounts of that seminal event in Christian […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

How I’ve changed

In response to my last post in which I complained about not having an easy way of annotating my changes in views over the years I’ve been writing this blog, Nick B. asked a very reasonable question that, in answering, will provide an immediate (though temporary) solution. He asked me to mention a few subjects […]

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The Passion, prophecy, the pedigree of proof-texting, and a podcast

Mark Goodacre’s latest NT Pod discusses the high concentration of “according to the Scriptures” tags in the Gospels’ Passion narratives and asks whether the Passion narratives are prophecies historicized (as argued by Crossan) or tradition scripturalized. The specific context of his discussion is the Passion narratives, but the principle that will explain it goes for […]

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Podcast recommendation: introduction to the historical Jesus in context

I was remiss in not sooner noting the recent completion of a podcast series by York University’s Philip Harland. It’s a recently completed set of fourteen lectures on many of the issues surrounding historical Jesus studies entitled The Historical Jesus in context. Those brought up never questioning any aspect of the New Testament’s historicity should find it interesting to […]

Friday, April 8th, 2011

LOST techniques of Biblical criticism

Today James McGrath published a post on an intersection between LOST and biblical studies. I know, who would have thought he’d do something like that? Check it out if you don’t believe me. The gist of the post was that neither the Bible nor LOST are inerrant and that we shouldn’t fool ourselves into believing far-fetched and overwrought […]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010