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Another Look at Heresy

Posted on: June, 9th 2019

A discussion of several examples of "heresy" from the 1st and 2nd century.

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Is Religion the Problem

Posted on: April, 28th 2019

A discussion of the dangers if fetishism in Religion.

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The Nature of Religion

Posted on: March, 10th 2019

A discussion of the value of Religion.

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An Original Creed

Posted on: February, 24th 2019

A discussion of Steven Paterson's new book The Forgotten Creed.

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The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach

Posted on: December, 9th 2018

An examination of the thoughts of this 19th century philosopher who was a forerunner of Marx and of postmodern philosophy.

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From Theism to Post-Theism

Posted on: November, 25th 2018

A discussion of the move from Theism to Atheism to Post-Theism.

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Parables Misinterpreted by the Church

Posted on: November, 25th 2018

A discussion of how Jesus use of comedy in his parables was completely misinterpreted by the Church.

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Fate and Destiny

Posted on: June, 3rd 2018

A discussion of the difference between fate and destiny in the context of religion and politics.

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Lessons from the Mustard Seed Parable

Posted on: May, 13th 2018

A discussion of how the Parable of the Mustard Seed is a metaphor for the corruption of the ideals of Mother's Day, of the theology of Karl Barth, and of the Christian church.

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An Avoided Challenge from the19th Century

Posted on: May, 6th 2018

A discussion of existentialism and other 19th century critical thinking tools that were lost in the 20th century.

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History and Easter

Posted on: April, 1st 2018

A discussion of the beginnings of the Easter Story.

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The Parable of Leavened Bread

Posted on: March, 4th 2018

An exploration of the meaning of the parable about the woman who hid yeast in bread.

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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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