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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 […]

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Nativity, Census, Quirinius: Refuting Very Poor Christian Apologetics Again. Even More.

Reading Time: 14 minutes As I explained yesterday (perhaps read it for context), I was linked to a vicar apologist challenge for skeptics to lay out a Nativity contradiction. It went like this: I was linked into some challenge from a vicar apologist who was seeking skeptic challengers to find nativity contradictions that he could slam dunk refute (by Dave […]