Postmodernism, Gnosis, and Physical Anthropology: The Making of a Religious Revolt

Recently I have written a paper which presents an analogy between elements of postmodernism and Christian Gnosticism.  (Scroll down for download link) By now it is obvious that the progressive rise of postmodern thinking has affected all modern fields of inquiry, whether scientific or religious.  The heated and ongoing debate over "gender identity" in the … Continue reading Postmodernism, Gnosis, and Physical Anthropology: The Making of a Religious Revolt

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Christological Oversights & the Kingdom of God: Reading N.T. Wright’s ‘The Challenge of Jesus’

I’ve recently read, and enjoyed, N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus.  Primarily, the book explores the relationship of “the kingdom of God” and the symbols of Judaism (the Temple, the food laws, etc.) to the preaching of the historical Jesus.  But Wright also reflects a good deal on Christology.  In this review, I’ll be paying … Continue reading Christological Oversights & the Kingdom of God: Reading N.T. Wright’s ‘The Challenge of Jesus’

Photinus of Galatia: Unitarian of the Fourth Century CE (Presentation)

I've been so busy lately that I haven't had the chance to upload my recent presentation at a historical conference held at Atlanta Bible College.  So here it is! In this presentation I provide a brief historical survey of "biblical unitarian" theology (in other words, unitarian theology without Christological pre-existence) from the first to the … Continue reading Photinus of Galatia: Unitarian of the Fourth Century CE (Presentation)

Tim Warner vs. ‘The God of Jesus’: An exercise in historical malpractice

Recently I was made aware of some criticisms by pastor Tim Warner.  Mr. Warner operates Oasis Christian Church, and he is none-too-happy about my book, The God of Jesus in Light of Christian Dogma.  In fact, he thinks it’s a misrepresentation of Church history, thinks I’m denying Jesus, and even charges me with teaching a … Continue reading Tim Warner vs. ‘The God of Jesus’: An exercise in historical malpractice

Dealing with Objections to GJohn as anti-Gnostic polemic (H&J Part 05)

Could the Gospel of John really contain anti-Gnostic sentiments?  As we have seen in previous entries, many scholars throughout history have thought so.  But others have argued against this idea.  Before we enter into an in-depth analysis of John’s relationship with Christian or Hermetic Gnosticism, it will be helpful to first deal with several possible … Continue reading Dealing with Objections to GJohn as anti-Gnostic polemic (H&J Part 05)

GJohn as Polemic: A brief history of John studies (H&J Part 02)

Many have believed the Gospel of John stands against a backdrop of intra-Jewish community conflict.  But could the Fourth Gospel also have a relationship with early Gnosticism?  Could the gospel actually contain a carefully structured argument against Gnostic opponents or ideas current in John's first-century environment?  Many scholars, both ancient and modern, have thought so. In … Continue reading GJohn as Polemic: A brief history of John studies (H&J Part 02)