Tag Archives: Biblical Studies

Quote of the day: Dr. John Polkinghorne on the first chapters of Genesis

‘The Bible is very important to me, but it is very important to recognize that the Bible is not a book.  The Bible is a library.  It has all sorts of different kinds of writing in it — it has … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: John Dickson on the ‘Jesus mythicism’ embraced by Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists

‘Michel Onfray, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins all suggest that the very existence of Jesus is still in doubt among the historians.  Dawkins cites an authority who has made what he describes as a “serious historical case that Jesus never … Continue reading

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Arrogant atheists latch on to Harold Camping’s ‘May 21 Rapture’ idiocy to take cheap shots at ordinary Christians

The Rapture aside, America’s evangelical Christians deserve a little respect by Tim Stanley Across the United States, atheists are gathering at Rapture parties to celebrate another day of life on this corrupted Earth.  Their joy at Camping’s error is plain mean.  While … Continue reading

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Photographs of the day: The May 21 ‘Rapture’ spoofs

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Disillusioned: Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his $140,000 life savings on advertising the ‘May 21 Rapture’

Disillusioned: Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his $140,000 life savings on ads to spread the word of the Rapture, believed that it would happen at 6pm on May 21, but unfortunately for him it didn’t. In New York’s Times Square, Robert … Continue reading

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May 21st is over and there’s been no ‘Rapture’: I wonder how this young man feels now?

More: Robert Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings, $140,000, on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21 ‘Rapture’ rubbish

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Fundamentalist hypocrite Tim ‘Left Behind’ LaHaye accuses Harold Camping of “trivializing” Rapture prophecy

Tim LaHaye Against “Trivializing” Bible Prophecy Stern words from Tim LaHaye: The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series of Christian prophecy novels, said [Harold] Camping “trivializes the very serious study of Bible prophecy by ignoring Jesus’ statement … Continue reading

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Damian Thompson on why Harold Camping (and the rest of the Rapturists) are fundamentally boring

‘Just because people say they “believe” that such-and-such a thing will happen in the End Times that doesn’t mean they invest heavily in those colourful beliefs.  It’s a sort of spiritual hobby, even entertainment.  St Augustine told doomsday enthusiasts to … Continue reading

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Fundamentalist Watch: Who is Harold Camping and why would anyone believe a word he says?

Judgement day: Who is Harold Camping? More: Robert Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings, $140,000, on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21 ‘Rapture’ rubbish

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Atheist Brendan O’Neill: the similarities between May 21 Rapturist Harold Camping and the environmentalist lobby

‘The really weird thing about Camping and his 21 May movement is how outdated it seems.  Because in recent years, end-of-the-worldism has been well and truly secularised.  Doomsday is no longer the property of the religious – it has been stolen and … Continue reading

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Robert Fitzpatrick spent his $140,000 life savings on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21, 2011 ‘Rapture’ rubbish

Ex subway worker sinks $140,000 life savings into campaign advertising the end of the world More: May 21, 2011: some fundamentalists claim it will be the end of the world as we know it May 21, 2011, the end of … Continue reading

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Harold Camping and Prince Charles: two ‘End Times’ false prophets

“Save the date!  Return of Christ, May 21, 2011.” ~ Harold Camping “We have 18 months to stop climate change disaster.” ~ Prince Charles, May 2008 More: The best way to respond to Harold Camping’s ‘End of the World on … Continue reading

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The best way to respond to Harold Camping’s ‘End of the World on May 21st.’ nonsense

More: Harold Camping and Prince Charles: two ‘End Times’ false prophets Robert Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings, $140,000, on advertising Harold Camping’s May 21 ‘Rapture’ nonsense

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Photograph of the day: Fundamentalists proclaim ‘Judgment Day May 21′, New York, May 13, 2011

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Pic of the day: Fundamentalist nutter Harold Camping’s end of the world numerology chart

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Lee Strobel replies to Ricky Gervais and explains ‘How Easter killed my faith in atheism’

How Easter Killed My Faith in Atheism Was the resurrection simply the recasting of ancient mythology, akin to the fanciful tales of Osiris or Mithras?  If you want to see a historian laugh out loud, bring up that kind of … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: it’s the End of the World on May 21st.!

Citing Bible, group insists Jesus is returning May 21 On that day, Keitt says, a great earthquake will roll across the Earth.  The dead will be spit out of their tombs, and Jesus will arrive to take “the elect” with … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is “more like an undergraduate . . . than a serious academic”

Does ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ confirm the BBC’s anti-Christian bias?  One well-informed London viewer thinks so: I watched the The Bible’s Buried Secrets on BBC 2 last Tuesday evening.  It is a new series, presented by Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, which … Continue reading

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Doug Chaplin on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and the Garden of Eden

Doug Chaplin comments on the last of the ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presented by Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: As before she declines the opportunity to give much airtime to scholars who disagree with her.  Her preferred narrative is her scholarship versus the faith … Continue reading

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Quick, call Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: God has a wife & now the Holy Spirit has a husband!

The Holy Spirit as Wife of Adonai in Mandaeism by Dr. James McGrath I’ve been spending some time this evening working on the Mandaean Book of John.  In looking up a passage in the important but puzzling text known as Haran … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’: top scholar on ‘God’s wife’ Asherah

Evidence for Asherah by Judith M. Hadley Asherah has appeared paired with Yahweh in positive ways.  Furthermore, the early eighth century BCE prophets do not condemn Asherah worship.  The worship of Asherah was evidently acceptable before the Deuteronomistic reform movement gained momentum … Continue reading

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Why God having a wife isn’t a “buried secret” despite Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s claims

Published by Eerdmans in 2005. Hardcover: ISBN 978-0802828521 Softcover: ISBN 978-0802863942 On Google Books. More on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Blog comment on controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Tim Bulkeley answers … Continue reading

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Historian James Hannam on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What is the buried secret?  It seems to me that Dr. Stavrakopoulou is an Old Testament Bart Ehrman trying to turn mainstream scholarship into something radical that is a serious problem for the Christian (and Jewish) faith.  It’s neither and … Continue reading

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Geoff Gummer responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The Bible’s Buried Secrets – Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou She seems to repeat quite often that she is a Biblical scholar, so obviously she thinks she needs to reinforce that fact. This is probably because she makes quite a few outlandish … Continue reading

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Church minister reacts to Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What a strange programme this was!  Francesca Stavrakopoulou ‘exposed’ how the Bible ‘lies’ to us about monotheism, yet the evidence she drew was from the Bible itself!  Even more strangely, she implied that because the inhabitants of Israel before 600 … Continue reading

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