Author: DrHeiser

UFOs, ETs, and Religion, part 1

If you’ve read the “Purpose” page on this blog, you know that the focus of this blog is the intersection of the UFO phenomenon (and its spin-off phenomenon, “alien” abduction) with religion. While my academic and personal background is Judeo-Christianity, I’m not going to restrict the discussion to only Judeo-Christian religion and the Bible. In a manner of speaking, though, I’m going to start there. It’s been my experience that the vast majority of people involved in ufology (professionally or otherwise) understand that the UFO question is inherently religious. An answer to the question of whether we are alone...

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James Tabor and Jesus Tomb Math

Will someone please keep James Tabor away from math? Dr. Tabor is a New Testament scholar and, judging by my exchanges with him, a very nice guy. He just happens to be the only scholar out there who is still defending the idea that the Talpiot tomb (“Jesus Tomb”) is the tomb of Jesus. One of the defenses for this tomb being the Jesus tomb has been that the mathematical odds of the tomb being that of Jesus and his family are quite favorable. That simply isn’t true, and hasn’t been true from the beginning. The mathematician whose work...

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A Biblical View of Ghosts

This might seem like a weird way to kick off the Naked Bible blog, but it’s actually a good subject for illustrating what will make this blog different than any other Bible study blog on the web. How? Just stay with me through the series. Christians typically assume (and I hope you’ve heard the old bromide about what happens when we assume things) that ghosts are demons. This is simply not true, and it is demonstrably untrue with respect to the biblical text (both testaments). If you don’t believe that, here’s a quick proof before we actually get into...

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Gospel of Judas Apology

Let’s file this under the “too little, too late” category.  National Geographic has apologized for its television  special on the Gospel of Judas.  A new edition of the gospel with a “thoroughly updated translation” has now been put forth which, to cite Gnostic scholar Birger Pearson, acknowledges “the flawed scholarship of the original edition.” NG itself admits to putting out a “sensationalized reading.”  Oops. Now if only we had done objective scholarship in the first place.  Remind anyone of any other over-hyped claims about the ancient Christian world?  Jesus Tomb? DaVinci Code?  Why didn’t Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman...

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