Progressive Review: Bart Ehrman's "The Triumph of Christianity," Part 1

I've been waiting for this one for a while; the publication was delayed for reasons unknown, but it finally got to my mailbox early this week. Time doesn't permit me a full read-through these days, so I'll be reviewing it here in spurts. 

So far I'm up to page 50, and the main point up to then is one that's going to send the Acharya S crowd into hysterics: No, Bart says, Constantine was not the reason Christianity survived and thrived. Sure, he didn't hurt it any, but Bart also says Christianity "may well have succeeded" [8] without Constantine's help.

I'll have more to report next week. For now, keep an eye on this one; it's bound to become the newest totem for the rest of the atheist crowd, even if (as is usually the case with Ehrman) it ends up being more fluff than meat.

Harmonizing Resurrection Accounts


The Bogus Gandhi Quote

I first made this post in 2012, and since then I've made a sort of mini-career out of tracking down bogus quotes like this one (including a video version below). It's a sort of fun microcosm of the way information is mishandled in the Information Age.


I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. – Mahatma Gandhi
A Christian can probably expect to get this quote thrown at them at least once in their lifetime, and waved in their face many more. I had it put to me recently, but my experience with this sort of thing immediately led me to wonder -- is it real?
The evidence at this point seems to be no.
The first signal of a problem was that anywhere I found it, no source was given. That's often a sign that something is being passed around uncritically. Whether online sources or books, no one seemed to have a source for this quote.
A second warning was that the quote has been given more than one context. As found on a (gag) Wiki typ…

The Question of Science and God

There are some who believe that science has sounded the death knell for the belief in God. But that is far from the truth. In fact, science -- understood and applied appropriately -- and belief in God -- a correct belief in the God of the Bible -- are not incompatible at all. There are still areas that we have not yet fully figured out how to reconcile, but that is not the same as saying that the science has somehow disproven God.

Professor John Lennox recenlty appeared with Eric Metaxas (who has a really fine radio show) at one of Eric's Socrates in the City events where Dr. Lennox discussed The Question of Science and God in two parts.

Part 1, set forth below, begins by discussing the intriguing question of why numbers make sense. He notes that Einstein once said that the only incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. He also sites Eugene Wigner's fine paper from 1961 entitled "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural …

The Historicity of the Women of the Tomb