Reading Time: 4 minutes [What with summer over, we’ve got to think about the next one: Christmas… [Just to remind readers that the book I have recently edited, written by contributor Aaron Adair, called The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View. is out now in all formats from a variety of sellers. It is a great book, and one […]
The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View
Interview with Dr. Aaron Adair on Biblical History and the Star of Bethlehem
Reading Time: 2 minutes A few years back, I edited a book by Dr. Aaron Adair called The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View. It is a fantastic book that Richard Carrier described in this way: Required Reading on the Subject, December 20, 2013 By Richard C. Carrier This review is from: The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View (Paperback) […]
The Star of Bethlehem: Lecture by Aaron Adair at Merrimack College
Reading Time: < 1 minute I was lucky enough to edit Aaron Adair’s superb book The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View which looks at the claims within the Gospel of Matthew concerning the Star of Bethlehem. Over the many hundreds of years, various people have advanced theories to explain the apparent phenomenon, to triple conjunctions of planets and stars to comets, from hypernovae to UFOs. Yes, UFOs. Aaron has started getting on the speaking circuit to talk about his favoured subject, and may even be compiling a book looking into the Bible and astronomy
Star of Bethlehem: Methodological Difficulties
Reading Time: 11 minutes Aaron Adair wrote a superb book which I edited called The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View. It is well worth reading, and you will learn a number of gems. I thought I would give you a taste with part of the second chapter detailing methodological difficulties involved with the Gospel of Matthew and accounts and claims of the star. The book is available from the sidebar over there>>>>>>>
Response to Triablogue’s Jason Engwer on Nativity Accounts (Part 1)
Reading Time: 7 minutes Triablogue’s Jason Engwer has written a criticism of some of my recent posts (as well as my book The Nativity: A Critical Examination) on the Nativity accounts in Matthew (and Luke). Here, I will respond to him and his points.
Have Yourself a SINful Little Holiday Season!
Reading Time: 7 minutes Despite the fact that most scientific skeptics do not find themselves formerly associated with a religion, this time of year tends to nonetheless bring out the giving spirit in many of us. Although Tom Flynn wouldn’t approve, many of us celebrate (in a secular fashion) Christmas, or Kwanza, or Festivus, or the Solstice, or Hanukkah, or just like to give presents because it’s fun.
The Star and the Skeptical Christmas–The Star of Bethlehem
Reading Time: 2 minutes The holidays are approaching fast, and the first snows are coming over the United States. The ever-expanding day of Christmas will truly be here soon. And all around the world, both preachers and even some scientists will be talking about a perennial subject: the Star of Bethlehem and what it could have been
Summary of the Star of Bethlehem Conference
Reading Time: 15 minutes I am flying back home now from the amazing conference on the Star of Bethlehem at the University of Groningen. It was quite the success of collecting experts and scheduling events, including a trip to the oldest working planetarium in the world. This was also my first academic conference in the area of history and biblical studies, and I was surrounded by scholars in Iranian studies, Jewish astrology, Latin literature, ancient science, and of course New Testament studies. And it looks like I did well among this august group. Heck, after my talk a few whispered to me that it seemed like I already answered all the questions about the subject!
Carrier plugs The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View
Reading Time: < 1 minute Richard Carrier plugs a book I have just edited and published, a book by Aaron Adair, contributor here. The video should start at the relevant time. Nice! I am now going to try and watch the video in full…
Star of Bethlehem Year-End Wrap-Up
Reading Time: 5 minutes The year 2013 is nearly over, and it has been quite a good one for me. I’ve finished the research and been awarded my PhD in physics, I’m in the prospects for a new job to continue my research in physics education, and I published my first book on the Star of Bethlehem. And that last point I have seen get around in the news, thanks to the holiday interests of many media outlets.