Month: November 2017

Some lessons from the Diatessaron of Tatian (Part 1)

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6] I recently finished reading an English translation of a second-century Christian work, the Diatessaron, by Tatian the Assyrian. In a new series of posts we look at twelve things the Diatessaron shows us about early Christianity and the New Testament Gospels. What is

Guardian preaches the gospel!

“The goodness we have reached is a house built on piles driven into black slime.” “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven / All good children go to heaven.” So sang Paul McCartney in the Beatles’ 1969 song, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money.’ Now this may just be a silly little ditty. But the

Independent Online recycles “stunning claims” from 2013 claiming Jesus Christ was ‘fabricated’ as Roman propaganda

Four-year-old, irrelevant article is rehashed to churn up advertising revenue Yesterday (10th November) the Independent Online re-publicized “stunning claims” on Facebook that the “story of Jesus Christ was ‘fabricated to pacify the poor’, [according to] controversial Biblical scholar” — only to point to a news story which was printed in October 2013 and is now

Independent Online recycles old, discredited Mary Magdalene hoax

‘Detective story’ about discovery of ‘new’ Mary Magdalene account gets fresh, undeserved airing via Facebook On Tuesday 31st October — the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation — the Independent Online celebrated by re-hashing and re-publicizing on Facebook an 18-month-old article about a discredited book by Professor Barrie Wilson and writer Simcha Jacobovici