Mohammed Hijab Fails on Evolutionary Theory

I've written about Islam a couple of times in the past and, as I continue digesting the scholarship and literature on the topic, it's worth discussing more. The first time I talked about Islam was to show how, even though some Muslims think the Qur'an contains some sort of scientific miracle predicting the seven layers … Continue reading Mohammed Hijab Fails on Evolutionary Theory

Five Reasons to Doubt the Resurrection by Matthew Hartke, Debunked

The first time I responded to someone's attempt to show that the resurrection of Jesus amounted to a pile of myths was in 2018, when I dealt with the objections of Tim O'Neill. Tim O'Neill is an atheist and writes the History for Atheists blog which is, by far, the best blog that exists dealing … Continue reading Five Reasons to Doubt the Resurrection by Matthew Hartke, Debunked

Bart Ehrman Argues Eternal Torment isn’t in the Bible

UPDATE: I was originally convinced by Ehrman's case in his recent book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (2020) that the Bible teaches annihilation, rather than eternal torment, however after a sustained conversation on the r/AcademicBiblical subreddit, I've been convinced that Ehrman's case is fatally flawed. This doesn't mean that the Bible doesn't teach … Continue reading Bart Ehrman Argues Eternal Torment isn’t in the Bible

Matthew 5 Doesn’t Prove We Should Continue Following the Old Testament

Mathhew 5:17-19 does not prove that Jesus said Christians should continue following the whole Mosaic Law. It's obvious Christians aren't supposed to follow the whole Law according to the life of Jesus. Keep in mind that the Law of Moses and the Old Testament aren't the same thing. The Law or Torah are the rules … Continue reading Matthew 5 Doesn’t Prove We Should Continue Following the Old Testament

Richard Carrier Flounders on the Origins of the University

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article called┬áThe Christian Origins of Modern Universities and Hospitals. There, I track in good detail the emergence of the medieval university throughout the medieval period and how it developed out of the cathedral schools of its times. I was also careful to show that this was not … Continue reading Richard Carrier Flounders on the Origins of the University

Resurrection and Afterlife in the Old Testament

Recently, I finished reading Jon D. Levenson's Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale University Press 2006). It's a fantastic book and Levenson is one of the scholars who really gives you faith that significant progress continues to be made in the various fields of biblical studies. … Continue reading Resurrection and Afterlife in the Old Testament

The Separation of Church and State as Christian innovation

This is a point of information which I've understood for a while, however, I've recently been accessing more context and materials to be able to outline it a bit further. The idea of separating Church and state, historically, was a Christian innovation and something we owe to Christian thinkers. This is important as different sections … Continue reading The Separation of Church and State as Christian innovation