Monthly Archives: March 2013

Homosexuality and the Hebrew Bible

Does the Hebrew bible prohibit homosexuality as we understand it—that is, as a defined sexual orientation—today? The verses in question can be found in Leviticus chapters 18 and 20, where the latter provides a command of capital punishment for what, prima facie, appears to be referring to homosexuality. Continue reading

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The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 13

Hello and welcome to episode 13 of The Skeptics’ Testament. In this episode we continue our philosophical discussion between atheist philosopher Brandon Christen and Christian philosopher Tyler Vela. We touch on:

  • Divine Command Theory
  • Divine Attribute Theory
  • The Rebuff of Nihilism
  • The Price Tag of Rejecting Theistic Objective Moral Realism
  • Nihilism and Cognitive Dissonance

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The Skeptics’ Testament Episode 12

Illuminated Manuscript, Gospel Book, Evangelis...

Evangelist Mark from Walters Manuscript

Episode 12 available on iTunes now! In this episode we continue our study of the Gospels with Mark. I discuss some interesting features that can be found in there like the Messianic Secret, dark and dramatic irony as well as the type of messiah Mark portrays Jesus as. If you enjoy the show, leave some feedback on our iTunes!

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The Gospel According to Mark: A Passion Narrative with an Extended Introduction?

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Opening of Mark’s Gospel, Walters Manuscript

The Gospel According to Mark has long been described as a passion narrative with an extended introduction.[1] This view has been repeated by an innumerable amount of scholars and no doubt is derived from the significant part the Passion narrative plays in Mark. Continue reading

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The Revelation to John: Written on an Acid Trip? What about Authorship?

St. John on Patmos, B.M. ADD. MS. 11870, Fol. ...

The claim that The revelation to John was written on an acid trip can be found all over the atheist and skeptical blogosphere, as well as many podcasts and surprisingly made by the occasional historian (who should know better!). Continue reading

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