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Papyrus of Jesus’ wife in the news again, nothing confirmed

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There is an update, of sorts, on the story about the papyrus that supposedly says Jesus had a wife. The truth may be finally emerging about the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” a controversial papyrus suggesting that some people believed Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene Source: Jesus had wife, gospel origins begin to emerge –…

Vatican astronomer talks about extraterrestrial life, does not say UFOs are real

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The Vatican’s official astronomer talks about life in the universe and drifts into intelligent life, like us. Headline writers went nuts. The remarks come after the finding of Kepler 452b, an earth-like planet that may be hospitable to life. Source: Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens – IrishCentral.com The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

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DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

The real secret of the mummy might be the gospel of Mark

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The earliest version of the Gospel of Mark? Results to be published later this year so, for now, we’re justified in reserving judgment. Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel. This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn by a mummy.…

Blockbuster Bible bombshell book: Jesus married

The James Ossuary (bone box),  said to provide evidence of Jesus' life, is widely suspected of being a modern forgery.

More Bible controversy and scandal. Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? A pair of authors promote a new book but Biblical scholars say there is nothing to be excited about. Married Jesus? New book adds fuel to conspiracies – The Washington Post. A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories…

 Bullet in a “Bible” story was faked

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There is an interesting update to a story we posted last February about a man who claimed he was saved via the Bible he carried:Bullet in a Bible. It turns out, he lied. Case into shooting of RTA bus driver closed as ‘unfounded’ | www.daytondailynews.com. An RTA bus driver’s claim that three black teenagers shot…

The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

Bullet in a Bible

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What if he was reading the Satanic Bible instead? Yep, that might have worked just as well. It’s physics, not a miracle. Dayton RTA driver saved by religious text Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, was assaulted by three men in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue, while standing outside of his bus. Three shots were…

Noah movie dispute called an “unholy mess”

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A core idea of this argument – accurate portrayal of the Bible – breaks my brain. What do YOU think? ‘Noah:’ Faith-based group, Paramount in biblical battle – latimes.com. Paramount has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release debunking a survey and a resultant Variety story about the faith-based community’s skepticism for the…

How the camel disproved the Bible as literal truth

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It’s clear to reasonable people that the Bible is not meant to be taken literally as any kind of history. It is a collection of stories, full of contradictions and things that don’t match with real world findings. There are many researchers working hard to find real world correlation with the Biblical accounts but this…

What was the Star of Bethlehem – natural, supernatural or fiction?

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Supernova, comet, planet, angel, miracle, star? Or something else. Star of Bethlehem a literary creation, says Ohio State physics scholar | The Columbus Dispatch. In the newly published The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View, the Ohio State University scholar says the star was most likely the literary creation of the author of the Gospel…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

Was Jesus created as Roman propaganda?

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A controversial topic will be presented by Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill: The entire story of Jesus was fabricated. Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’. The talk will be part of a symposium taking place in London on October 19th. How will this be received? Probably skeptically. Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish,…

Bible marketing: Ponzi scheme took many investors (UPDATE: Caught)

UPDATE to this story: Taylor has been found in Kansas. Preacher Swindled Millions in Ponzi Scheme: Found Hiding in Kansas | Las Vegas Guardian Express. After the Securities and Exchange Commission went to court to shut down this scheme, Taylor disappeared and Federal authorities hadn’t been able to find him. Taylor and his wife were…

THIS will prove the Bible is true!

First a piece of true cross, now this… Seems they are trying awfully hard to “prove” stuff from the Bible. Does this stuff ever get published in actual journals? It goes straight to the press from what I’ve seen. 3000-year-old inscription “proves Bible’s history is true” – Yahoo! News UK. A clay fragment unearthed in…

Is this discovery proof of King David? Help us dig through it.

What do our archaeologists and Biblical specialists think about this discovery? Archeologists dig up King David’s palace | JPost | Israel News. A joint excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authorities discovered two of the largest structures ever uncovered from the Kingdom of Judea, the Israel Antiquities Authorities announced…

Creationist advocates Biblical flood in Iowa media

A completely credulous, deeply stupid article. Group presents evidence for creationism, Biblical flood. For Helmut Welke, taking the Bible seriously means believing the flood story found in the Bible’s first book, Genesis – and unearthing scientific evidence to support that belief. Welke, an engineering manager and the president of the Quad-City Creation Science Association, led…

Pop pseudo-archaeology – Why we should speak out

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Commentator and link contributor to DN, Jeb Card, has an article out on what the public thinks about archaeology, co-authored with David S. Anderson and Kenneth L. Feder. For a long time (too long?) the professional reaction to pseudoscience has been no reaction at all. Is it time to change that? Archaeologists are responsible for…

Completely boring literary device found in Bible makes news

The what-now? ‘Genesis Death Sandwich’ Discovered in Bible : Discovery News. Researchers using text-analysis software say they’ve discovered a new literary device in the first book of the Bible: the “Genesis death sandwich.” The name refers to a familiar rhetorical structure — sandwiching bad news in between the good. In the case of Genesis, the…

Oak Island next big idea: It holds the lost treasures of Jerusalem

A film maker is convinced that Oak Island holds the lost treasures of Jerusalem. His film about it will debut in England in April 23. Film has unique view of Oak Island | The Chronicle Herald. Amundsen has some unconventional theories about Oak Island but said he can prove them through the analysis of symbols,…

Criticism goes to court in case of fighting Bible archaeologists

The James Ossuary (bone box),  said to provide evidence of Jesus' life, is widely suspected of being a modern forgery.

Feuding Biblical Archaeologists in the news. Under contention – what to think of those that make questionably significant scientific announcements in sensational films or trade book. A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court | TIME.com. Simcha Jacobovici, a Canadian documentary maker specializing in biblical archaeology, is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum…

Intelligent design proponents not intelligent enough to know when to quit

Blatant bill for Creationism surfaces in Missouri. Is it placating the constituency or are they just that stupid? “Intelligent design” bill in Missouri | NCSE. House Bill 291, introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 23, 2013, would, if enacted, require “the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design,” according…