American Psycho

Me: You have a troubled marriage. Her: No. Me: There's been a recent death in the family. Her: No. Me: You're having financial problems. Her: Nope. You aren't really a psychic, are you? Me: Aha! I knew you were going to ask that!

Osiris Was the Egyptian Jesus

It is apparent that the average ancient Egyptian worshipper would have viewed the death and resurrection of Osiris, as well as the event's promise of resurrection and eternal life for everyone else, in much the same manner that the average Christian...

Who Wrote the New Testament?

Who wrote the books of the New Testament?    Scholars are confident that they know the authors of eight NT books. Paul wrote seven of them (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians, and Philemon). John wrote the book...

Christianity Was Born in Egypt Way Before Jesus

Virtually all of the spiritual concepts in the Christian religion appear in much the same form centuries to millennia earlier in Egypt, the differences emerging within Christianity attributable to Jewish and Greek influence, among others. These...

Liar, Lunatic, Lord, or Legend?

The great scholar C S Lewis reasoned that Jesus must be one of these three things: liar, lunatic, or Lord. Lewis had plenty of evidence that Jesus was neither a liar nor a lunatic, leaving Lord as the only explanation for Jesus’ claim to divinity. But...

When Were the Gospels Written?

Here’s the logic used by scholars in their efforts to get a handle on just when the four New Testament gospels were written. It isn’t an exact science, but most scholars agree with the following reasoning.   We can tell from Paul’s known letters...

Getting to Know Jesus

When historians do their research on a historical character or event, they look for as many sources as they can find. Ideally, each source lived at the time of the character or event being studied; was objective and disinterested in his observations,...

Why the Synoptics are Reliable, but Not John

  Since there is no historical record of the life and teachings of Jesus other than the New Testament, and since the NT is notoriously unreliable as a historical record, and since we don’t have any original Bible texts to work from, how do scholars...

Jesus, Jerusalem, Judas, Judaism, and Jews

Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem? To celebrate the Jewish Passover, of course, like all Jews. But Jerusalem was about much more than that. This is my explanation of what happened there and why. (I didn’t come up with this all by myself. It is based on...

Let's Find Out How Many Cops Are Good

The key to improving relations between cops and civilians is improving cops themselves. It has to start there.   First, cops need to correct a fundamental misunderstanding of exactly what their job is. Their job is to protect and serve the...

Kingdom Didn't Come

What Mark tells us about Jesus is totally different than what John tells us about Jesus. The two gospel authors are not on the same page at all. Let's take a look at Mark’s Jesus, because Mark was written much earlier than John, which means Mark is...

Jesus and John

The religious landscape of Palestine in Jesus’ time looked like this. There were . . .   Pharisees, who were fastidious about keeping the Jewish law. After all, they reasoned, isn’t that why God gave them to law – to obey as closely as humanly...

Get a Grip

A handful of cops are killed in Dallas and everyone in the country is all weepy and angered and maudlin. As of Oct 1, 2015, 2326 US military personnel have been killed in Afghanistan. Funny, but I don't remember ever hearing any wailing and gnashing...