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Posted inHistory

Carrier’s Mythicism Is a Win-Win

Reading Time: 11 minutes Jesus scholarship is often… “a disguise to do theology and call it history, do autobiography and call it biography, do Christian apologetics and call it academic scholarship.” John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography I’ve read a lot of Richard Carrier’s work, but very little on his case for the mythicism of Jesus. This is partly […]

Posted inReligion

Jesus’ Sacrifice Is Infinitesimally Small

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many Christians will maintain that the sacrifice of Jesus was one of the greatest sacrifices of all. I maintain, on the other hand, that the sacrifice is incredibly marginal at best. The nature of this criticism does depend on whether or not you believe that God punishes people eternally. This could be wrapped up in […]

Posted inHistory

Fragment Tells When Abraham Actually Killed Isaac

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s the classic biblical tale that speaks of obligation to divine commands. But it’s all okay in the end because God provides a ram for Abraham so he doesn’t have to sacrifice his son. That would be terrible and nothing that God would ever condone anyway (Jephthah’s daughter, anyone?). In April, many outlets reported on […]

Posted inDeath & Dying

Jesus’ Sacrifice Wasn’t All That

Reading Time: 2 minutes There is a ubiquitous notion that Jesus sacrificed an awful lot for our sins. Putting Atonement to the side for the minute (after all, it’s a completely nonsensical ideal), let us consider the sacrifice that Jesus made. So what happened to Jesus at the end of his life? Well, we know that, unbeknownst to him […]

Posted inReligion

A Succinct Synopsis of the Nonsense of Easter

Reading Time: < 1 minute Easter is the time for the christian church. Christmas is all lovely and present-y, but Easter is what it’s all really about. It is the climax of Jesus’ existence. But this is really what is going on: JesusManGod sacrificed himself to himself to sit on his own right hand for an eternity in heaven to pay for […]

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