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Archaeology confirms not disproves the Bible

Two recent articles caught me on this subject. First is recent discoveries about the location of Bethsaida. Regarding the geographical setting of Bethsaida itself, one historical detail does come to mind that is underscored by its geographical setting, the area our team is exploring right now. When Jesus heard that John had been killed by Herod Antipas (Mark 6:14–29), he withdrew to the other side to Bethsaida (Mark 6:45). This withdrawal to Bethsaida had geopolitical significance. Bethsaida was under the legal jurisdiction of Herod Philip not Antipas. Herod Antipas had…

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The Curiosity Index (16.12.2018 – Sunday edition)

Friendly, Caring, and Carrying Churches The church needs to move into deeper community that truly expresses what love is. We need to bear one another’s burdens, confess our sins to one another, pray for one another, and have deep compassion on one another. We are a family. No one is too heavy for us to carry, because they are our brothers and sisters. We should be willing to work together to carry one another’s burdens as we suffer with those who suffer. I hope you’re a part of a church that…

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Famous atheist fails history (again)

Earlier this year I came across the mythicists. Atheists who think it’s more likely Jesus never existed than that he did. I wrote  Every now and then this idea that Jesus was not a real person gets a prominent boost (often from a tweet from someone like Richard Dawkins) https://thesimplepastor.co.uk/articles/the-odd-case-of-the-atheists-and-the-historical-jesus/ Only this time it’s not Dawkins it’s Steven Pinker. The comments from the atheists on the thread are similarly disheartening as they consider all ‘evidence’ thin without stopping to think things through about what this does to our history books…

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The Curiosity Index (27.08.2018)

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here This is something I expect to hear a lot more of over the next few decades – our use, misuse and lack of our most precious resource – water. What makes the situation weirder is that floods such as the ones in Kerala (see below) are likely to become more common at the same time as increasing scarcity of drinking water.  In Acts, did Luke incorrectly date Theudas? Had he misread Josephus? This is another long read but it’s the sort of historical investigation…

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The Curiosity Index (14.08.2018)

How Antebellum Christians Justified Slavery I always wondered and now I know. Another instance of the church abusing amongst other things power.  How Christianity created rock-n-roll On a more positive note Christianity this to add to its legacy: The bulk of mainstream music writers and critics betray their discomfort with Christian rock by ignoring it. I suspect that, like Elaine, most music journalists think of Christianity and rock as incompatible, the former less acceptable than dumbness and laziness, the latter, however musically dumb and lazy, still perceived as cool. In…

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The Curiosity Index (26.07.2018)

Why A Classical Historian Changed His Mind About Christianity In conversation with a Nigerian Pastor Another encouraging video. Read the context by clicking on the title above. Wise Parenting Dos and Don’ts From 1886 I particularly liked these two: Teach your children to confide in you by conference together. Tell them your plans, and sometimes ask their advice; they will thus open their hearts to you and will ask your advice. Give your children your confidence in the affairs of your business. They will thus take interest, and become co-workers with you.…

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Rethinking the Exodus

Last year I read and saved an article by Scott Alexander called Djoser Joseph Osiris where he explores the theory that the Pharaoh Djoser was the inspiration both for the Egyptian god Osiris and the Biblical figure of Joseph. I confess that’s a theory I’d not come across before and as Alexander himself says, it’s probably not a theory you should spend all that much time on. The short summary is that the connection between Djoser and Osiris is probably meaningless, but there’s a very small chance there might be…

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The resurrection of Jesus (links)

There are several posts here all dealing with the historical evidence for the resurrection and inevitably they cover similar ground but also with slightly different contributions. But before I share all of that one extract stood out to me from Scot McKnight  I know all of that, I said. I know all of the alternative suggestions and reasons given by some why the resurrection couldn’t have happened. I know about the confusion of the gospel accounts. I know all of that and yet, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christ…

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