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Paul Justifies Lying

Reading Time: 2 minutes In writing my forthcoming book on the Resurrection of Jesus, it has been important to look at Jesus’ earliest source, Paul. Paul is famous for not actually telling us much at all about Jesus at all. There are some genuinely quite problematic Pauline verses that should raise some eyebrows concerning his agenda and methodology for […]

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Verifying the Virgin Birth

Reading Time: 2 minutes To return to matters pertaining to Christmas and the Nativity of Jesus, let us think briefly about the virgin birth claims. I have elsewhere discussed the may issues with the claim (see “Debunking the Nativity: The Virgin Birth” and “Debunking the Nativity: The Mistranslation of ‘Virgin’“). Today, I am going to talk about verifiability. The […]

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My Nativity Interview. And Bananarama.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is today’s interview with me, hosted by Andy Hall for Laughing in Disbelief, discussing the Nativity. We had a seamless segue (!) at the end to talk Brexit – he couldn’t resist. And nor could I… I love talking with Andy – it’s always relaxed and he allowed me to cover a whole heap of […]

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Join Me in Live Stream Nativity Interview

Reading Time: < 1 minute I’m appearing on Andy Hall’s Laughing in Disbelief  live stream vodcast. We’ll be taking about the Nativity because, well, that’s topical. Check it out here:   Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! Please… It […]

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Luke 1 & 2 Infancy Narratives as a Later Interpolation

Reading Time: 13 minutes Luke 3:1 opens with an elaborate chronological statement: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was … the word of the Lord came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness”. This surely reads as if it was originally written as the opening section of a book. The impression […]

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My Unbelievable Nativity Radio Debate Is up

Reading Time: < 1 minute My Nativity radio debate on Premier Christian Radio is now up. Unfortunately, on the YouTube channel, Matthew Firth, the vicar with whom I was having a spat and who deleted my comments and threads and blocked me and a number of other people, took to outright lying for Jesus about me on the thread. Luckily, […]

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Jesus the “Nazarene”: More Prophecy Debate

Reading Time: 9 minutes I recently wrote an article about the Matthean prophecy, a prophecy that looks like this (Matt 2): Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” This tells us two things: […]

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Debunking the Nativity: The Philosophical Problems with the Magi Dream-Sequence

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here is one that is slightly different to your usual historical issues with the Nativity accounts. This has a moral dimension. Check it out: Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and click that notification bell or whatever it is that YouTubers say… Please grab a copy of my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination [UK]. Stay […]