How Christianity Got Started

[] cca317-318  Within a handful of years of Jesus' supposed death, we find Christian communities all over the eastern Mediterranean, their founders unknown. Paul could not possibly account for all the Christian centres across the Empire; many were...

To Err is Inevitable

[] 240-242  The practice of altering texts in the process of copying them happened all the time in antiquity. In a world without electronic means of publication, photocopy machines, or even carbon paper, it was well-nigh impossible to ensure that...

Bless Their Hearts

Q: How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb? A: A Christian can't change a light bulb. All he can do is pray for it.   * * * * *   Christians do it with both cheeks.

The Invisible Man

If this man Jesus had had the explosive effect on his followers that is said of him, and on the thousands of believers who responded so readily to the message about him, such a man would have had to blaze in the firmament of his time. That impact...

Fabrications in the New Testament

[] 239-240  It should not be thought that Christians started fabricating stories about Jesus only after the New Testament was completed. In fact, there can be little doubt that some accounts were manufactured in the early years of the Christian...

Peter, Paul, and James

[] 192-195  Visions cannot be trusted, because you have no way of knowing, really, what you are seeing. So if Paul’s authority is rooted exclusively in a vision, it is no authority at all.    Paul may have had a brief vision of Jesus. But...

Christians vs Christians

[] 180-183  Internal Christian debates were often filled with vitriol and hatred. Christians called one another nasty names, said ugly things about one another, and pulled out all stops to make their Christian opponents look reprehensible and...

God's Disposable Babies

Luther speaks of a fish-pond at Rome, situated near a convent of nuns, which, having been cleared out by order of Pope Gregory, disclosed, at the bottom, over six thousand infant skulls; and of a nunnery at Neinburg, in Austria, whose foundations,...

Roman Catholic Polytheism

[] 55-56    It is especially the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity that pushes its recurrent flirtation with polytheism towards runaway inflation. The Trinity is (are?) joined by Mary, Queen of Heaven, a goddess in all but name, who surely...

Liars for Christ

[] 176-178  Christians of the first three centuries often felt themselves under attack for their faith, and for good reason. They were under attack. From the early years of the church, non-Christian Jews rejected the Christian message that Jesus...

Praise the Lord!

On this holy Sabbath, let us pause and reflect on the immortal words of John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him might sometimes be no worse than everybody else. (NIV)* Amen.  ...