Come Bowl with Me in Stevens Point, Wisconsin!

Or just hang out, drink, and chat while I bowl. I’ll even have books to sign and sell. So come on over. I’ll be at Point Bowl (which also has a bar & grill) from 7-10pm on Monday, April 24 (2017). That’s at 2525 Dixon Street. I’ll have just finished the “worlds largest” Trivia Contest…

Meet Me in Pittsburgh, Toast the Future!

I’ll be at Bar Marco in Pittsburgh, PA on April 8 (Saturday) from 7-10pm (2216 Penn Avenue), chatting with anyone who wants to come have a drink with me, and selling and signing my books, of which I’ll have an ample supply. And take note: Bar Marco is part of the new and meritorious trend…

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…