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-Is Jesus Merely a Myth Like Santa Claus?

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Is Jesus merely a myth like Santa Claus? This is the season when millions of Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and millions of children believe in a ‘magic’ coming of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Adults all know that Santa is a fun myth perpetrated on young children this time of the year […]

-The Gospel of Thomas and the Historical Jesus

Friday, October 6th, 2017

The Gospel of Thomas?   (From our Apologetica page): Much has been written about so-called ‘lost Christianities’ in the last decade or so. The Gospel of Thomas is always among the early books mentioned that supposedly demonstrate a possible variety of understanding and teaching in early Christianity. First of all, there are a number of […]

-Scholars Now Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a Modern Fake

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Most scholars now believe that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a modern fake. This is not a new story but you probably haven’t heard about this on the 10 o’clock news which originally hailed the story of its magnificent discovery. In fact, most folks on the street probably haven’t heard about the scholarly […]

-So The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ May be ‘Authentic’ But The Story Really Isn’t

Friday, April 11th, 2014

In 2012 the main stream media went crazy over a ancient papyrus fragment that indicated that Jesus had a wife. Now experts are saying that the document appears to be authentic. So did Jesus really have a wife? No. At least this document does not prove it in spite of all of the press. Read […]

-The Real Story of St. Patrick

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014. Here’s my traditional post for the holiday. The real story of St. Patrick: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! A day to go to your favorite pub, eat corned beef and cabbage and wash it all down with plenty of green beer. Oh yes–a day of parades and celebration of Irish nationality. […]

-Was the Story of Jesus ‘Fabricated’ by the Romans to Control the Poor?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

                   (Photo credit: jakebouma) One conspiracy author is asserting that 1st century Roman officials actually fabricated the story of Jesus in order to control the slaves and the poor. Some have even called him a ‘Bible Scholar’ even though he has no advanced degrees or formal education that would justify that designation. Here’s the story […]

-Newsweek Comes Out Against Christmas

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

For years the major mainstream news magazines including Newsweek have come out with controversial articles during the major Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter. Usually they would find ‘experts’ on both sides of the issue but lately most have featured diatribes that are slanted heavily against the teachings and beliefs of traditional Christianity. Ironically in […]

-The Christmas Story: Why the Genealogies of Are So Important

Monday, December 17th, 2012

                           (Birth of Jesus Matthew 2:1: Wikipedia) Every Christmas Eve when we traditionally read the Christmas story in the Bible to our children (and now our grandchildren) the genealogies are usually avoided or quickly glossed over since they seem to get in the way of the ‘real’ story. However the genealogies in Matthew (1:1-17) and […]

-Christian Scholars Respond to So-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Here’s an early response from a number of conservative Christian scholars to the so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.’ Contrary to the prevailing media propaganda that it should cause a problem for Christianity, most Christian scholars consider it to be a bad sensational joke from the ignorant ‘gotcha’ secular media. From the Christian Post: The so-called […]

-Re: ‘The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

From NY Times: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife …’ ” The faded papyrus fragment […]