Reading Time: 3 minutes Christians love depicting themselves as pop-culture heroes, because they know the position they actually occupy in society is less flattering.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Hey kids, come on out here! Daddy has a grisly surprise! No, it’s not Grandpa. You know how I’ve been trying to lead you kids to the unconditional love of God and, you know, keep Him from sending you to burn in Hell for all eternity? Yes, you’ve all been very brave and alternately mocked […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes In this concluding critique we respond to: the leaders couldn’t produce a body, scholars accept the empty tomb claim, the story is simple, and the story is early.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Critiquing more arguments for the empty tomb: women found the tomb, the authorities invented a story to mask the empty tomb, early NT creeds argue for a resurrection, and there are many sources.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Jesus’s empty tomb is a key claim of most Christian arguments for the resurrection. Let’s critique a 12-point argument for the empty tomb.
Reading Time: 6 minutes I am honoured to have Richard Carrier do a full write-up of my new book on the Resurrection (The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK]) in one of his latest pieces on his blog. In it, not only does he fully endorse the book, but he also makes a case (not featured in […]
Reading Time: 13 minutes When Life of Brian came out, toxic Christians lost their minds. They demonstrated against it, condemned it, and did their level best to ban and censor it. But 40 years later, it remains one of the funniest movies ever made about religion — and really, it isn’t at all mean to Christians in any way. In fact, the Pythons very obviously went out of their way to be nice to Jesus and Christianity. Today, I offer you a list of all the deferential gestures Life of Brian showed to Christian beliefs and mythology.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Hi and welcome back! Today being the day before Easter and all, I wanted to highlight one of the best bits of blasphemy ever made: 1979’s Monty Python’s Life of Brian. This movie highlights so much of the obviously made-up parts of Christianity. And it’s not just regular ole blasphemy, either. It’s intelligent, thoughtful dissension dressed […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Yesterday was “Good Friday,” and this time around I was struck with how Orwellian that sounds to someone on the outside of the Christian faith looking in. Strictly speaking, there never has been only one faith by that name, although when the weather is fair they do play nice enough to get along. But despite […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes This is an early draft section for one of the first chapters in my new book-in-the-writing, The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story: The birth and death of Jesus are historical bookends to the life of Jesus, obviously, even if the theology continues in Acts and the Epistles of Paul, as problematic as […]