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Jesus and World Religions

Posted on: January, 28th 2018

A discusssion of the associations between the teachings of the historical Jesus and the teachings of Eastern Religions.

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Irony and Religion

Posted on: November, 12th 2017

A discussion of 3 types of irony and how they can affect our religious beliefs.

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God is Dead?

Posted on: November, 5th 2017

A discussion of the theology of Nietzche.

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FOUNDATIONS: Theology of the Gospel Writers - 1. The Gospel of Q

Posted on: September, 15th 2017

Series 1 Study Guide 1: The Theology of Q What is QThe Q Sayings Gospel is the earliest known gospel in the Christian tradition. No independent copy of this Gospel has ever been found; instead, the Gospel is reconstructed from parallel passages found in Matthew and Luke. Since Matthew and Luke u...

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FOUNDATIONS - 2. Taking on Mark

Posted on: September, 14th 2017

Series 1 Study Guide2: Taking on MarkMark is almost unanimously accepted as the earliest of the four gospels in the Christian Bible.The reason for this is simple: Mark is the worst written of the four Christian gospel andobviously Matthew and Luke made attempts to improve upon it. If Matthew and ...

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FOUNDATIONS - 3. Speaking Frankly with Matthew

Posted on: September, 13th 2017

If I were to carry on a conversation with Matthew, at least as I imagine this ancient theologian, I believe I would accuse him (or her, for we don’t really know) of many wrong-headed things. 1. You make scripture far too authoritative. 2. You do not really know what the ancient prophets of...

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FOUNDATIONS - 4 - Luke: Liberation or Opiate?

Posted on: September, 12th 2017

The Gospel of Luke has two amazing things about it. 1. One is that the writer Luke, whoever he or she was, was a universalist: someone who believes that all living beings are included in God. 2. The second is that due to this conviction the writer also believed that Christianity is about service ...

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FOUNDATIONS - 5 - John: The Beauty and the Agony

Posted on: September, 11th 2017

The Gospel of John is unique in the Christian canon as to how it sees Jesus. The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) see Jesus as the power of God for salvation. They emphasize Jesus as God’s “dynamis” or power. The Gospel of John, however, emphasizes Jesus as incarnate w...

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FOUNDATIONS - 6 : Thomas Should Have Made Canon

Posted on: September, 10th 2017

Greek fragments of what was clearly a Christian gospel hitherto unknown were found at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt on two separate expeditions in 1897 and 1903. The archaeologists were Bernard Grenfell (1869-1926) and Arthur Hunt (1871-1934). The fragments composed 20 sayings, and though it was concluded...

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Christianity is a Made-up Religion

Posted on: June, 11th 2017

A discussion of form criticism and how it shows how the gospel writers created the stories that resulted in the birth of Christianity.

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What is a Parable?

Posted on: May, 7th 2017

A discussion of the origins of parables in ancient times.

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What is Easter?

Posted on: April, 16th 2017

A discusssion of the origins of Easter and its meaning in today's world.

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Reconsidering Reinhold Niebuhr

Posted on: April, 2nd 2017

A discussion of the theology of the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and his impact on modern society.

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The Nature of Parable

Posted on: March, 12th 2017

A discussion of the difference between fable, allegory and parable and the Christian Church's misinterpretation of parables.

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Cain, Abel and the Nature of Genesis

Posted on: March, 5th 2017

New insights into the story of Cain and Abel - where it came from and what it possibly means.

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Rehumanizing Christianity

Posted on: February, 12th 2017

A discussion of 6 theologens whose theologies humanized Christianity.

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Religion and Humanism

Posted on: January, 22nd 2017

A discussion of Plato and Aristotle and their role in the relationship between religion and humanism.

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Learning from Karl Marx

Posted on: January, 8th 2017

Has Karl Marx been misinterpreted by society?

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What Went Wrong?

Posted on: December, 11th 2016

A discussion of the misinterpretation of the theology of Matthew by right wing idealists.

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Post-Modern Theology

Posted on: November, 27th 2016

A discussion of the difference between Modern and Post-Modern thought.

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