Archive for the ‘Scripture’ Category

Why I Don’t Want Jesus as My Savior

2017/12/03

(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

Here has always been one of my major distastes for the Jesus-savior concept. It’s like a person you aren’t interested in constantly asking you out on a date. If you aren’t attracted to or interested in that person, then they aren’t going to have anything to offer you, and repeated inquiries into the matter just gets irritable. …

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Roy Moore’s Behavior is Perfectly Biblical

2017/11/12

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

When it comes to relationships between woman and men, the contents of the Bible confront modern Jews and Christians with a difficult choice. …

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Roy Moore's 10 Commandments in stone

Sophisticated Theological Work

2017/11/05

(Jesus and Mo) – Jesus:

“In The God Delusion Dawkins attacks an absurd caricature of Christianity. He is ignorant of the huge amount of sophisticated theological work which has accumulated over the centuries.” …

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Fictional Characters in Historical Literature

2017/10/22

(Κέλσος) – Matthew W. Ferguson:

One thing that may surprise modern readers is the creative license with which ancient authors would blend history and fiction. Take, for example, the characters depicted in Plato’s dialogues. Socrates, who was a historical person, features as the main subject of these texts, but he is often depicted engaging with named characters who are quite possibly Plato’s invention.

Since we have good evidence that ancient authors would invent fictional characters across a number literary genres, including historical literature, this raises the question as to whether there could be such fictional characters in the Gospels and Acts. …

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John H. Fritz: Plato and the Elements of Dialogue

Risen

2017/06/15

(Jesus and Mo) – Mo:

“I think it’s fair to describe the Gospel of Matthew as “fan fiction”.” …

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Jesus and Mo 2017-06-07: Gospel of Matthew Fan Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale

2017/05/08

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

If The Handmaid’s Tale offers any sign, Margaret Atwood has read more of her Bible than many Christians. Superficially, Atwood’s dystopian novel is littered with biblical names and phrases: Gilead, Mary and Martha, Jezebel, Milk and Honey, All Flesh, Loaves and Fishes, Lilies of the Field, the Eye of the Lord, Behemoth, and many more.

At a deeper level, Atwood grounds her plot in gender scripts that pervade Abrahamic scriptures. One story in particular brings the pieces together: a tale of two sisters named Rachel and Leah, who marry the same man (Genesis 29-31). …

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Alexis Bledel as Ofglen in The Handmaid's Tale

Fabricating Jesus

2017/05/07

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

David Chumney spent almost three decades as an ordained Presbyterian minister before quietly exiting the ministry and Christianity itself. He now describes himself as agnostic, but his exodus from the Church didn’t end his fascination with New Testament studies or his quest to separate history from mythology in the biblical record. He tackles the fraught topic in his new book, Jesus Eclipsed. …

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David Chumney: Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts

Evidence for Jesus is Weaker than You Might Think

2017/04/17

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

Before the European Enlightenment, virtually all New Testament experts assumed that handed-down stories about Jesus were first recorded by eye witnesses and were largely biographical. That is no longer the case.

Assuming that the Jesus stories had their beginnings in one single person rather than a composite of several — or even in mythology itself — he probably was a wandering Jewish teacher in Roman-occupied Judea who offended the authorities and was executed. Beyond that, any knowledge about the figure at the center of the Christian religion is remarkably open to debate (and vigorously debated among relevant scholars). …

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Easter Facts, Quotes and a Quiz For You!

2017/04/16

(ExChristian) – Daniel B. Curran Jr.:

The Bible is the infallible, divinely-inspired word of God, right? The entire Christian religion is based on the resurrection of the Christ – so we know that part of the Good Book will be very accurate! The very crux of the argument for Christianity being the one true religion is that it is the only religion in which the Saviour actually rose from the dead to fulfill prophecy – so let’s have a little fun. …

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What if Jesus Never Existed?

2017/04/16

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

Outsiders can debate all they want, but Christians need to believe that Jesus was real, and defenders of the faith line up a series of proofs that they claim settle the question. Now David Fitzgerald has produced a three-volume set, Jesus: Mything in Action, in which he tackles those proofs one by one and then lays out how Christianity could have emerged even in the absence of a historical Jesus. …

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David Fitzgerald: Jesus: Mything in Action