Meet me in Alexandria Next Month!

I’ll be at Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar in Alexandria (VA) from 7-10pm on Sunday the 12th of March (2017). That’s on 112 King St. And as locals know, that’s in Old Town, just around the corner from Washington, DC. Although it’s a bit of a drive from Baltimore, MD. You can hang out…

See You at the Michigan Atheists Convention!

This April 29 (2017) I’ll be tabling and selling my books (including my new one on Science Education in the Early Roman Empire) at the Michigan Atheists Convention (and attending the afterparty) at the Center for Secular Humanism on 28611 West Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI. The official description of the event: Make a…

Josephus on Jesus? Why You Can’t Cite Opinions Before 2014

On whether Josephus actually ever mentioned Jesus, usually you hear people claim “the consensus is” or “such-and-such renowned Josephus expert said” that he did, so shut-up already, nothing more to see here, “move on!” Well, there are two reasons you can’t do that anymore. General Principles First, of course, if a consensus can never be…

The End of the Arabic Testimonium

One of the things I talked about at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Notre Dame last weekend was the demise of a popular argument for the authenticity of the Testiminium Flavianum (that fawning paragraph about Jesus in the Jewish Antiquities of Josephus). This is a summary for a lay audience of that part…

A Bizarre Review in Relegere

A fawningly-Christian non-historian wrote one of the weirdest book reviews I’ve ever seen. Not just of my book On the Historicity of Jesus. But of any book, in any academic journal, anywhere. It’s six or so pages of factless whinging that doesn’t tell the reader even what the book’s argument is, and is more a…

MythinformationCon IV: Awesome in Milwaukee This September!

This is going to be an amazing event not to miss. I’ll be tabling and socializing at this year’s MythinformationCon in Milwaukee Wisconsin, September 30 (2017, a Saturday). Details and tickets are available here. Social media artists Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nhead will be speaking, as well as Melissa Chen (Editor & Curator at Global Secular…

Could Simcha Jacobovici Just Go Away Already?

I’m really tired of this guy. He pops up everywhere trying to push all kinds of sensationalist conspiracy theory crap about the ancient world, from the bogus Jesus tomb, and the semi-bogus James Ossuary (the key portion of which most experts now agree was forged), and the stupid Jonah Ossuary claim, to discovering Atantis, proving the Exodus, and yes,…

Get Better at Combating Christian & Muslim Apologetics!

Come be my student next month! My online course for February is “Counter-Apologetics: Learning the Best Ways to Refute Arguments for God.” It includes special advice on arguing against Islam as well as both liberal and conservative Christianity, tips and tactics of in-person and online argument and debate, the most effective way to frame ten…