C.H.R.E.S.T.U.S. for Christmas!

Did the Reason for the Season even exist? Dive into that question with a new mobile app! Reality Revolutions conceived an idea for a mobile application that would assist in quickly investigating every argument for and against the historical existence of Jesus. They then collaborated with me in developing its structure and content. The purpose?…

Join Me at a Pubmeet in Cincinnati Next Month!

I’ll be hanging out and chatting and drinking with anyone who wants to join me at Arnold’s Bar & Grill (210 East 8th St., Cincinnati, OH) from 6-9pm on Saturday January 6 (2018). And I may stay longer. If enough people show, we may relocate to Nicholson’s about five blocks away (625 Walnut Street, Cincinnati,…

On the Historicity of Jesus: The Daniel Gullotta Review

Two academic reviews of On the Historicity of Jesus now exist: one positive by Raphael Lataster published in the Journal of Religious History (38.4, 2014, pp. 614-16); and one negative by Daniel Gullotta published in the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (15.2-3, 2017, pp. 310-46). I’ve already discussed the Lataster review. Here…

My Debate with Ray Comfort: Can Moral Facts Exist without a God?

Last Saturday, I was recruited to live-debate Ray Comfort on Facebook. That’s right. The banana man himself. Warlock to Kirk Cameron’s imp. Mr. “Everyone Is an Adulterer” (including Mother Theresa and that unborn fetus over there). Topic? “Can there be true moral standards without God?” It was a typed thread, timed to one hour. I’ve…

The Difference Between a Historian and an Apologist

Larry Hurtado’s latest foot-in-mouth affords a good opportunity to explain what the difference is between an apologist and a historian. Not in respect to their goals (apologists need to defend a position even when it’s false or indefensible; historians only want to know what’s true), which everyone already knows, but in respect to their methods….

The Bizarre Fugue of Larry Hurtado

Biblical historian Larry Hurtado went on a rant against mythicism recently. In which, once again, like nearly every other expert has done, all he does he give excuses for not reading the peer reviewed literature of his own field and (as one could then have predicted) makes arguments already refuted in that literature. In the…