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October 13 2017, 6AM

The Mindshift podcast on The Bad Jesus: Part II is now available (free). This interview with Dr. Clint Heacock goes into greater depth on the question: “Did Jesus ever do anything wrong?” The episode also explains how the refusal o...

October 7, 10AM

I invite DC readers to check-out the Mindshift Podcast hosted by Dr. Clint Heacock, who completed his doctorate in biblical studies at the University of Chester (United Kingdom).In this episode, Dr. Heacock interviews me about the Second Wave of the ...

August 12, 2AM

The Bible and Interpretation has published my essay on "Minoritized Biblical Scholarship as Christian Missiology and Imperialism"ABSTRACTEthnic perspectives on the Bible and minoritized biblical scholarship are predominantly missiological and pa...

June 1, 10PM

Bible & Interpretation has published my essay on “Jesus as Whippersnapper: John 2:15 and Prophetic Violence.”ABSTRACTThis essay challenges a pacifistic interpretation of John 2:15. In particular, it addresses the linguistic, historical and literar...

April 22, 12 AM

Dr. Vincent Torley responded to my post on “The Use and Abuse of the Amarna Letters by Christian Apologists” in the comments section.Torley’s response is fundamentally flawed and exhibits a lack of training in Hebrew and Semitic philology. He cites...

April 19, 11PM

Pharaoh Akhenaten, founder of AmarnaDon Camp, a blogger who often comments on DC, has written a critique of a video lecture, “How Archaeology Killed Biblical History,” that I presented in Minnetonka, Minnesota for the Minnesota Atheists on Octobe...

February 7, 4PM

Alan Kurdi, a child in a refugee family, died on September 2, 2015The Society of Biblical Literature is the largest organization of academic biblical scholars in the world. It consists of many “units” that address specific topics within biblical ...

October 7, 6AM

I am happy to report the addition of Dr. Richard C. Miller to our Manifesto for Secular Scriptural and Religious Studies.Having begun with just two of us (myself and Dr. André Gagné of Concordia University in Montreal) in 2015, our Manifesto now has 20 ...

October 2, 1AM

The Bible & Interpretation online magazine has published a new essay adapted from The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics and titled “Jesus Was Not Against Imperialism: New Testament Ethics as an Imperialist Projec...

August 20, 3AM

The End of Biblical Studies continues to be taken seriously in graduate courses in biblical studies. One example is at Marquette University, a Catholic institution where Dr. Julian Hills, a highly respected New Testament scholar, is teachin...

August 16, 12 AM

Dr. David Madison is part of a growing wave of openly atheist biblical scholars, and a signatory of The Manifesto for Secular Scriptural Scholarship and Religious Studies.As a former believer, he knows how believers think. As an academically trained ...

August 9, 12 AM

Dr. John Goldingay of Fuller Theological Seminary is not a scholar that I would expect to agree with me on biblical ethics. He is a well-known evangelical biblical scholar and I am an openly atheist biblical scholar.Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised t...

August 8, 12 AM

Steve King (R-Iowa) is a congressman from the fourth congressional district in Iowa. In other words, he is my congressman. I have written a newspaper column about his belief that white Christian culture is superior to all others. His first remarks&nb...

August 1, 12 AM

I have published a new article at the Bible and Interpretationwebsite that is based on my most recent book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of new Testament Ethics (2015). Here is the abstract: Many scholars of New Testament ethics claim t...

July 7, 1AM

Dr. Herbert MarburyDr. Hebert Marbury, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University, has written a review of my book on Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship (2011), which argues that biblical ethics were not resp...

July 2, 11PM

I have written a newspaper column about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s proclamation encouraging a Bible reading marathon at all 99 Iowa county courthouses. Most people who participate in these Bible readings are probably not even awa...

May 6, 11PM

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)I have published a newspaper column on "Galileo, the Bible, and Science." May 26 will mark the 400th anniversary of a "Certificate" issued to Galileo by Robert Cadinal Bellarmine, who warned him not to hold or defend the id...

April 3, 12 AM

I have written a newspaper column about Ted Cruz’s proposal to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. I suggest that his logic should also lead us to patrol some Christian neighborhoods that might become radicalized because of their anti-abortion b...

March 25, 2AM

Leyendo la Biblia en MéxicoDos preguntas siempre surgen cuando creyentes cristianos se enteran que soy agnóstico o ateo.*  Una es ¿Cómo es que una persona pudo haber llegado a ser ateo o agnóstico con su estudio de la Biblia?Mi respuesta menos comp...

February 3, 2AM

Kara Neumann murió cuando sus padres usaron solo la feEn marzo del año 2008, Madeline Kara Neumann, una niña de 11 años de edad, murió en la ciudad de Weston en el estado de Wisconsin (Estados Unidos). Sus padres, los cuales son pentecostales evangé...

January 28, 9AM

David Rohl, the main "expert" behind Patterns of Evidence: Exodus, has now responded to my critique. His response is in the comments section of that link. My critique has clearly touched a nerve.I was hoping he would come armed with facts that would defin...

January 25, 2AM

I received an e-mail recently asking what I thought of a new documentary called Patterns of Evidence: Exodus produced by Timothy Mahoney in 2015 (See film trailer). I had not seen it, and I was curious to learn if apologists actually had something new t...

January 9, 1AM

BACKGROUNDThe New Atheism is a name given to a movement represented by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, all of whom wrote best-selling books that were highly critical of religion [1].Although the New Atheism does not ...

December 4 2015, 11PM

My newest column explains why the Bible does not always espouse ideas and policies friendly to refugees. Needless to say, we should not appeal to the Bible to formulate any modern policies about immigration or anything else.Read more »

November 7, 1AM

My latest column is about how Native Americans might see Donald Trump’s demand to deport all illegal immigrants. My essay also addresses the myth, most recently voiced by presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, that religious freedom made this country grea...

October 3, 1AM

Camping's followers live onI have written a  newspaper column on why those who believe the world will end on October 7 do not understand their Bibles. Because of space constraints in the newspaper, I would like  to add a further explanation for w...

September 5, 5AM

I have written a newspaper column about Dr. Ben Carson's Bible-Based taxation system. Aside from the problems of interpreting the "tithe" in its original context, Carson omits the fact that the Bible also mandates that 10% of what ancient ...

August 20, 2AM

An Apologist should not be confused with a "Scholar"The recent post about David Marshall’s lack of expertise, when compared to Matthew Ferguson, points to a broader issue of who counts as a “scholar.”  Since some of my posts were refere...

August 3, 3AM

This is Part 2 of my interview (apx. 30 minutes) with Dr. André Gagné, Costa Babalis, and Calogero Miceli of the Inquisitive Minds podcasts. I discuss a wide array of questions regarding the Historical Jesus, health care and the rise of Christianity, ...

August 2, 1AM

There is no one way to prayI have written a column on the routine attempt to Christianize college sports teams.  The idea that student-athletes "need" spiritual guidance is itself a biased religionist assumption that is too often unchallenged....

July 24, 2AM

Dr. Robert Myles of the University of Auckland (New Zealand) has reviewed The Bad Jesusin two parts available here and here. Dr. Robert MylesHe is the first biblical scholar to perform such a review of The Bad Jesus on the blogosphere. I was especially...

July 23, 6AM

I have written an essay discussing why debates between academic biblical scholars and creationists can be effective in combating creationism. In fact, academic biblical scholars are the best persons to debate creationists. The reason is simple. ...

July 20, 12 AM

The first first podcast (apx. 30 minutes) of two I recorded in Montreal is now available. Among other things, I discuss my journey from Pentecostal preacher to atheist biblical scholar, and why Jesus cannot be viewed as a peaceful, gender egalitarian, an...

July 15, 12 AM

"Doctor" Jim WestJim West, who is known to many readers here, is causing a heated discussion among some members of the Society of Biblical Literature, the largest professional organization of biblical scholars in the world.The latest uproar was ...

July 5, 8AM

I and my wife, Cindy Avalos, look forward to 2040I have written a newspaper column about what marriage will look like in 2040. I speculate that marriage will be defined as  a committed consensual relationship of two or more adults who love each other i...

June 27, 11PM

Prof. Paul Allen of Concordia UniversityReligionists are those who see religion as beneficial or necessary for human existence and, therefore, something that should be preserved and protected. I recently visited Montreal, Canada, where the divide between ...

June 6, 2AM

I have written a newspaper column about the Duggar sex scandal and the decline of American Christianity, especially among the so-called Millennials.  The defenses of the Duggars by Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, a current presidential hopeful, a...

April 23, 4AM

It is a great pleasure to announce the publication of my new book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, which, to my knowledge, is the most complete scholarly critique of the ethics of Jesus from an openly atheist biblical scholar (and just ...

April 4, 2AM

Mike Pence, Governor of IndianaDr. Avalos has published a newspaper column on the Indiana Religious Freedom Fiasco. These types of laws are a recipe for a perpetually sectarian society. "Religious freedom" really refers to the religious freedom...

February 15, 3AM

The Des Moines Register has published my comments on The True Religion Trap, which is one of the most dangerous ideas permeating our society—from the average citizen to our world leaders.Read more »

February 7, 1AM

Dr. Hector Avalos has written a newspaper column on the necessity of blasphemy in a secular and religiously pluralistic society.Read more »

January 5, 2AM

Dr. Hector Avalos has written a newspaper column about the role of religion in the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. Read more »

October 6 2014, 5AM

Inquisitive Minds, which is produced by Dr. André Gagné, Brice C. Jones and fellow scholars of religion in Montreal, Canada, has begun a series of podcasts on my book, Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence (2005).The topic is as timely ...

May 15, 9AM

Dr. Richard HessFinally available on high quality video is my 2012 presentation on my theory of religion and violence (a summary of Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence [2005) at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at t...

April 28, 8AM

 Dr. André Gagné an Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and Brice Jones, a doctoral student, have begun a series of podcasts devoted to my book, The End of Bibl...

March 22, 2AM

About a year ago, I began a series of responses to Dr. Travis Campbell, who wrote a critique (“Avalos contra Craig” = ACC) of my chapter on the historical Jesus in The End of Biblical Studies. See abbreviated Google version of the book.W. L. CraigThr...

March 8, 1AM

One composite reconstruction of biblical cosmologyThis is the second installment in a series of responses to comments made by Rev. Juan Valdes in the debate and in his post-debate webpost responses.In my last post,I refuted his contention that Genesis 1...

March 3, 3AM

Rev. Juan Valdes On February 16, 2014, I engaged in a formal debate in Indianola, Iowa with Rev. Juan Valdes, the pastor of the Iglesia Centro Evangelico Pentecostal in Miami, Florida. He is part of Reasons for Hope, an apologetics organizat...

February 11, 7AM

The Bill Nye and Ken Ham debate is history. This coming Sunday, another debate on creationism will feature an atheist biblical scholar against a creationist apologist.  It will be interesting to see how different Bill Nye, mostly trained in science, ...

December 10 2013, 8AM

 DC readers may be interested in my latest essays published this month. The first, titled The Puritan War on Christmas, explains why Puritans, who are often considered the model of America’s Christian foundations, hated Christmas so much....

September 26, 7AM

I really like Kenton Sparks personally, and I enjoyed working with him a bit when he was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sparks was even gracious enough to thank me in one of his previous books (Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Isra...

September 3, 5AM

Raphael Lataster is bright young scholar from Australia.  In 2012, he submitted a Master's Thesis on Jesus Mythicism that was approved by the University of Sydney. As such, he may be among the first to have a thesis sympathetic to Jesus Mythicism app...

July 9, 1AM

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, the creationist astronomer who has been the topic of a few posts on DC, has been hired by Ball State University. I gave a few comments to Inside Higher Ed about this hire.  Read full story.

June 3, 7AM

In light of an imminent Supreme Court decision on two cases involving gay marriage issues, the influential The Des Moines Register today published today what may be an academic landmark statement, at least in our state of Iowa.  Biblical scho...

May 28, 8AM

I am delighted to be speaking at the Apostacon conference in Omaha, Nebraska on September 20-22, 2013. There is something for every shade of skeptic, agnostic, atheist, and just plain heretic. Other speakers include Dan Barker, David Silverman, Amanda Kni...

May 10, 12 AM

Émile Durkheim In his recent debate with Richard Carrier, David Marshall made the following claims (Debate video): “Not only is Christianity reasonable in that it makes practical sense to believe it, and that Christians have always reasoned to and ...

May 3, 7AM

I was planning to address in greater this oft-repeated claim about the alleged "two generations" that are needed for a myth or legend to be established. However, Kris Komarnitsky at The Bible and Interpretation website has done a good job e...

April 29, 1AM

In a previous post, “Craig versus McCullagh,” I argued that William Lane Craig’s tests for historicity could be satisfied by other events that he might otherwise reject as historical.  See: Craig v. McCullagh As DC readers may recall, I was respo...