• ‘The biblical God requires child sacrifices for his pleasure’

    This is the strange theory advanced by John Loftus in chapter 4 of God or ...

  • ‘The Ten Worst Verses of the Bible’

    I think it was back in 2009 that the Ship of Fools website reported on its ...

  • “Science is no substitute for religion”

    We're up to chapter 5 of God or Godless, by John Loftus (atheist) and Randal ...

  • “The biblical God commanded genocide”

    At last, in chapter 6 of God or Godless?, we have a real problem to debate. ...

  • Bart Ehrman, the text of the New Testament, and axe-grinding

    "Everyone loves a conspiracy theory" was one of the more sensible statements ...

  • Bart Ehrman’s ‘Top Ten’ spurious verses

    In his book Misquoting Jesus, Bart Ehrman lists ten 'top verses that were not ...

  • Disappointed with Jesus

    A recent (20th August 2011) edition of Premier Radio's Unbelievable show featured ...

  • Do the resurrection accounts add up?

    The difficulties involved in reconciling the details of the resurrection narrative ...

  • Genesis 22 – “Abraham, kill your son”

    The account (in Genesis 22) of how God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only ...

  • Genesis 3 – traditional and revisionist readings

    I must admit that I'm not sure about where to place Genesis 3 on a scale between ...

  • Handling Bible difficulties

    In The Big Book of Bible Difficulties, Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe identify ...

  • Intentional ‘contradictions’ in John’s writings

    In Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and ...

  • Jesus: a ‘new and improved’ Moses?

    Should we regard the Old Testament and the New Testament as continuous, or ...

  • Large numbers in the Old Testament

    To the reader who is inclined to take Old Testament history seriously, the ...

  • Matthew 8:5/Luke 7:3 – Who asked Jesus to help?

    Matthew (Mt 8:5-12) and Luke (Lk 7:1-10) both have an account of a Roman centurion ...

  • Old Testament violence: yes, let’s apply the hermeneutic of Jesus

    Christian writers of a certain stripe seem to be queueing up to say pretty ...

  • Once again: the destruction of the Canaanites

    The Bible records several acts of hostility that would be probably regarded ...

  • Rethinking slavery in the Old Testament

    'Slavery' is one of those words that tends to prompt a knee-jerk reaction. ...

  • Seven Synoptic ‘Problems’

    Writing on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels in Dictionary of Jesus ...

  • The destruction of the Canaanites: what does the New Testament say?

    With regard to the parts of the Old Testament that record, encourage, or even ...

  • The domesticated Bible

    Going back over some back issues of Third Way magazine, I came across a piece ...

  • The Sceptic’s Annotated Bible

    The Sceptic's Annotated Bible (SAB) is a god-send for Christians.  If you ...

  • Those imprecatory psalms

    The Psalms are the best-loved and most-used part of the Old Testament.  But ...

  • Urban legends of the Old Testament

    Having compiled a couple of sets relating to texts in the New Testament, I ...

  • When, and where, was Jesus born?

    How does 'main-stream' critical scholarship deal with the biblical narratives ...

  • Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart?

    The account of the ten plagues of Egypt frequently refers to the 'hardening' ...