Blog Dinners Next Month. Interested?

I would like to host two dinners for anyone on the blog who would like to attend.  My idea is to have at least three, but no more than seven, people at each one.  This would be a chance for some direct, personal contact with me and with each other, to have some good food, good drink, and good conversation for a couple of hours.  I will have no agenda – simply talking about things (presumably related to the issues ...

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More Free Memberships Available

Thanks to the incredible ongoing generosity of members of the blog, I am happy to announce that there are still a limited number of free one-year memberships available.   These have been donated for a single purpose: to allow those who cannot afford the annual membership fee to participate on the blog for a year.   I will assign these memberships strictly on the honor system: if you truly cannot afford the membership fee, but very much want to have full access ...

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Upcoming Speaking Events, Fall 2018

I will be doing several speaking gigs hither and yon in the coming fall.   These are the ones that are set in stone, if all goes to plan.   All of them are open to the public, but may require tickets.  I’ve included websites when I have them.   I ope to see some of you at them.  I’d like to schedule a blog event at the ones that will be in the States, if possible, probably a lunch or dinner.  But ...

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New Rules for Comments on the Blog

 

I have made an executive decision involving rules for comments on the blog.  I have received complaints from blog users about some of the comments.  I think we all (the thousands of us!) are doing well when it comes to being polite and reasonably generous with one another, unlike a lot of other sites.   But some of the comments are distracting, either because there are so many of them from one person or because they are excessively long.

The comment section ...

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Taking the Temperature of the Blog: June 2018

I thought this would be a good time to take stock of the blog briefly, and get a sense of how you, the user and raison d’etre of the project, are feeling about it.  To do this I have several issues, concerns, and/or questions I’d like to raise.  The BIG issue comes at the end, so skip there if you must [points (6) and (7)]

  • Do you like the directions the blog is going? I’m wondering if the topics I cover ...
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Why Would I Call Myself Both an Agnostic and an Atheist? A Blast from the Past

My personal beliefs came up in my debate with Dinesh D’Souza that I posted last week, and I received several questions about how I classify myself: agnostic or atheist?  I’ve talked about that on the blog a couple of times, but as I am constantly reminded, many of the people who are on the blog now were not on it a year or two ago, as there is turnover and our numbers continue to grow.  And certainly no one (well, ...

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We Do *NOT* Have a First-Century Copy of the Gospel of Mark

As most of us have suspected for years now, there is in fact no first-century copy of the Gospel of Mark.  If fortune smiles upon us, maybe one will eventually be discovered.  But it hasn’t been yet.  Dan Wallace, our lone public source for the existence of such a thing (announced with some flair at a public debate I had with him in 2012) has finally provided the necessary information: his claim that such a copy existed was based on ...

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Back in Business!

Many apologies to all for the hiatus on the blog.  I wish I had a sob-story to tell to justify it (well, not really), but as I indicated yesterday, it was rather a bit of good fortune with a downside.  Every year for nineteen years now my wife Sarah and I have come to the beach with our friend Dale Martin, the New Testament scholar who introduced us just six years before that (he taught at the time at Duke; ...

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Technology Challenge at the Beach

Dear Blog Members,

Many apologies for taking a few days off from posting on the blog.  It’s not been intentional!  I’ve been at the beach for a few days (poor soul….) and the Internet is down.  I can get email, but no access to the web.  So even though I’ve been writing posts, I can’t get them up to the blog.  I hope to have the problem resolved soon — hopefully today!

– Bart

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