Was Jesus God?

I’m in the home-stretch of the book, Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God, the first selection for the Dish’s resurrected (!) Book Club. I know many readers are, as well. We’ll start the conversation this week – so hold your emails for a bit. I’m going to try and structure debate on the book into some clear, … Continue reading Was Jesus God?

Announcing The Dish Book Club, Ctd

[Re-posted from earlier today] In case you missed my announcement this week: Well, it’s more like a resuscitation of the Book Club, since we had one more than a decade ago now. But the format will be the same. Each month, we’ll pick a book, and Dish readers are invited to read it alongside us. After … Continue reading Announcing The Dish Book Club, Ctd

Announcing The Dish Book Club

Well, it’s more like a resuscitation of the Book Club, since we had one more than a decade ago now. But the format will be the same. Each month, we’ll pick a book, and Dish readers are invited to read it alongside us. After three weeks, we’ll start debating it, through posts on the Dish and … Continue reading Announcing The Dish Book Club

Ask Reza Aslan Anything: Responding To Criticism

In the latest video from the Zealot author, he considers the negative response to his book as well as claims that he cherry-picked his research: Readers have contributed their own criticisms as well. One warns that Zealot is riddled with historical inaccuracies, quoting from one of Christianity scholar Bart Ehrman’s many posts challenging the book: Aslan maintains that the … Continue reading Ask Reza Aslan Anything: Responding To Criticism

Did Jesus Exist?

Yes, according to historian Bart Ehrman, who has a new book on the question. But that historical Jesus wouldn't recognize himself as he's portrayed today:

Jesus was Jewish and he believed in the Jewish God; he accepted the Jewish law; he practiced Jewish customs; and he gathered Jewish disciples and gave them his Jewish interpretation of the Jewish scriptures. I think Jesus may have had a distinct understanding of Judaism and may have wanted to reform Judaism, but he had no conception at all of the start of a new religion—let alone a religion that was based on his death and resurrection. 

Jerry Coyne wonders why atheists are so scared of a historical Jesus:

“The Daily Dish As Sermon Fodder”

A reader writes: I am a Presbyterian Pastor, and your blog archive has become a go-to resource for sermon illustrations. For example, this week my sermon touched on the issue of suffering – and sure enough, a search of your archives (via Google, not the dismal Atlantic site search function) pointed me to a several … Continue reading “The Daily Dish As Sermon Fodder”

Suffering

Several of you have objected to the email posted yesterday about Biblical scholar, Bart Ehrman, and his evolution from fundamentalism to agnosticism. Here’s one email that is similar to many others: "I went to UNC, and Ehrman was often talked about. Each semester, he would use the last lecture to tell about his spiritual journey … Continue reading Suffering