I will be on the Alan Colmes Show on Friday, 17 April, 2014 at 7pm ET talking about my book The Myth of Persecution, the history of Christianity, and misunderstandings about persecution in the modern world. Myth of Persecution is now out in paperback and available for purchase on amazon, books-a-million, and Barnes and Noble.
You can listen online here.
June 3-5 I will be speaking on Martyrdom in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The talks will be in English and available in Portuguese. The titles of the lectures are :
The Origins and Spread of Martyrdom in the Early Church
Martyrdom, Motherhood, and Family in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas.
Martyrdom and Afterlife in Perpetua and Felicitas
Scholars had concluded that a papyrus referring to Jesus’s wife was a clever forgery—until new evidence re-opened the case. Is there any way to figure out the truth?
In September 2012 Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, announced the discovery of a new Coptic manuscript that she titled The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife (GJW).
The revelation was met with a firestorm of media attention. The mobile-phone-sized scrap of papyrus contained the words “Jesus said to them, ‘my wife…’” before breaking off. In a subsequent line the fragment refers to a “Mary” and says that she “is worthy.” Worthy of what? To be a disciple? And, if so, is this about women priests? Is this Mary Magdalene? Do we finally have independent evidence to confirm the groundbreaking findings of The Da Vinci Code?
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VATICAN CITY — Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time.