Support Κέλσος for the Holidays Starting as Low as $1 a Month

To follow up on Michael Alter’s excellent blog exposing the disproportionate amount of money and resources in Christian apologetics–compared to far less numerous secular resources–I would like to ask readers of this blog to consider offering support on Patreon this holiday season for Κέλσος and Civitas Humana:

Donations start as low as $1 per month, meaning that you would only be paying the equivalent of a $12 a year subscription for the content on this blog. One-time donations can also be offered through PayPal:

I’ve been blogging for over five years now, and have built up a very large archive on this blog. When considering whether to pledge support for my blogging and academic work, here are some factors that are worth taking into account:

  • I did a word count on my two academic blogs recently, and the total amount for substantive posts (excluding announcements, etc.) was 508,198 words. That is the equivalent of roughly 2,032 double-spaced pages of content. That’s enough material for a multi-volume work. And since I hyperlink my citations, the bibliography would be much shorter, which factors in even more substantive material.
  • This blog recently exceeded over 400,000 thousand page views around the world. Considering that the average non-fiction book sells less than 2,000 copies over its lifetime, this is a much wider distribution of knowledge and material than is normally achieved through standard publishing. By just pledging $1 a month for a $12 a year subscription, you would only be paying a low price for a non-fiction book for all of the content on this blog.
  • Much of the information on this blog can be found nowhere else. For example, when I first started blogging here, I debunked an egregiously false apologetic statistic claiming that there were more literary sources from antiquity for Jesus than for the contemporary emperor Tiberius Caesar. I’ve recently documented that this false statistic has been circulated in eleven different apologetic publications, which span six different Christian publishers. And yet, the full refutation of this misinformation can only be found on this blog, and nowhere else.
  • What’s worse is that I’ve also discovered that, even after apologist Mike Licona conceded in 2013 that the sources for Jesus vs. Tiberius apologetic is wrong, Christian authors are still circulating the claim! Out of the eleven publications discussed above, five of them were published after 2013!
  • So even after apologetic misinformation has been debunked, and even been conceded to have been debunked by their own authorities, apologetic authors are still spreading the same misinformation like wildfire! And yet, to find the truth on such matters, this blog can sometimes be your only source.
  • Finally, to find secular answers to many apologetic arguments, you often have to track down secular scholars who are not widely known in atheist circles. On this blog, I don’t just cite popular New Atheist authors like Richard Dawkins. Instead, I always work to connect people to the best secular authorities on relevant issues in history and philosophy, some of whom only publish in books and journals that are not accessible to the public. Supporting my academic works helps me to continue to bridge the gap between mainstream academia and the public.

As Michael Alter has discussed on this blog, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) can literally boast $1.8 billion in total annual revenue and $8 billion in total long-term investments.

Consider what you can do to help the far less numerous resources for secularism by supporting this blog, starting at as low as $1 a month.

-Matthew Ferguson

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11 Responses to Support Κέλσος for the Holidays Starting as Low as $1 a Month

  1. Steven says:

    Hello – I just become a Patron. I appreciate your interests and your writing.

    I remember some time ago you posted about planning a recording for the Hinge Podcast with Cory Markum and Drew Sokol. That post seems to be deleted now. Is it because you decided not to participate with the Podcast?

    I’ve listened to the first two episodes, which feature Gary Habermas and Mike Licona. I have to say, despite the presence of Cory, who claims to be an atheist, it just sounds like a straightforward conservative Christian apologetics broadcast, with a hint of understanding for those in doubt. I wouldn’t be surprised if you backed out of the project because of it’s obvious bias.

    • Celsus says:

      Originally they had talked about me coming on the show, and said that it was certain enough for me to announce on the blog, but afterward they got more ambivalent. I took down the post, therefore, since it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.

      Interesting enough, there was someone who had commented on that post, predicting that it was going to be a conservative Christian podcast, setting up Cory Markum to convert at the end. We’ll see what happens. If it does turn out that way, I have the post still saved on the blog, so I can always make it visible again, to point out that the prediction was made in advance.

      It’s funny because Cory suggested that I might not be a big enough name to rival apologists like Habermas and Licona, when I’ve actually debunked their bogus research on this blog, and even gotten them to concede that their facts were wrong. My faculty mentor Christine Thomas (who is very active in the Society of Biblical Literature) says that she has never even heard of them before.

      • Steven says:

        I know! I’ve read your great take down of their apologetics.

        Hmmm, interesting idea that Cory (the atheist) might “convert” in the end. Whether or not that happens, Cory is often the one blithely narrating lame apologetic tropes. If he’s really an atheist, he’s one who’s easily impressed by poor scholars who write for Christian bookstore readers.

        • Celsus says:

          I’ll have to give a listen to the podcast. I’m super busy these days, but it may be worth going through one of them, and raising all sorts of questions and challenges that he fails to raise, if the podcast is really as one-sided as you claim.

          • Steven says:

            Each podcast is only about 20 to 30 minutes each. The first two feature Habermas and Licona, whose arguments you’ve dealt with.

          • Celsus says:

            Licona’s new book on Gospel discrepancies in comparison to Plutarch does have some merit, in comparison to his older stuff on the resurrection, which is pure apologetics. It actually has caused a stir from Geisler and the McGrews rejecting it. I found much of his data to be interesting, but his conclusions not always to follow from his premises. He wants to put an apologetic spin on it, whereas I think many Classicists wouldn’t walk convinced that the Gospels are more reliable. So Classical authors also displace chronological order, omit/conflate details, over-generalize about historical events, etc. That just tells us that both sets of texts raise historical-critical problems, not that we can be assuaged about the Gospels’ reliability. Plus, my dissertation is going to reveal a lot of ways in which the Gospels differ from historical biographers like Plutarch, and align more closely with novelistic biographies about legendary figures. Still, at least Licona did some interesting original research in that monograph, rather than just evangelism for his Christian faith.

          • Steven says:

            Thank you for the insight. This is why you’re the perfect scholar to interact with apologists like Licona. You are intelligent enough and gracious enough to offer perspectives to them that are both critical and charitable.

        • Celsus says:

          By the way, I’m in the process of arranging another podcast with Michael Cain, the guy who moderated my debate over the summer in Riverside. That podcast invite should be more reliable and more interesting 😉

  2. Mik says:

    Yea right..

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