For those of you who are wondering why the blog has been neglected lately, I've been working on a review of Barrie Wilson's book about Christian origins, How Jesus Became Christian. I wasn't especially impressed with it - While Wilson is right that Pauline Christianity is rather removed from the apocalyptic Judaism preached by the historical Jesus, he overreaches in his conclusions and mucks up his thesis with bombastic language and a heaping helping strawman arguments.
The going has been slow. I have numerous concerns about the book, but a lot of them are relatively nuanced and require a lot of explanation. Since keeping things concise is not one of my strong suits, I'm afraid I'm going to end up with a gigantic commentary that will be long on background explanation and short on real meaty content. I've also contacted a couple of Bible-literate friends for their opinions on the book, just in case my objections to Wilson's thesis turn out to be specious.*
So why am I, an atheist, bothering to come to the defense of Christianity? I'm not. I think Wilson has been a bit overzealous in conclusions and I hope to convince my readers of the same. A specious argument is a specious argument, no matter how attractive its conclusions may be.
* I cannot tell a lie: I've also been distracted in no small measure by Batman: Arkham Asylum.