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Worship of Jesus as Evolutionary Development - March 3, 2017 8:10 AM
The first essential observation from which to proceed is that, in the context of ancient Jewish monotheistic scruples (inherited by earliest Christians from the Jewish...
To Live and Die for Jesus - October 24, 2016 4:34 PM
  Typically, religion involves a significant social dimension. Beliefs, rituals, ethical/moral scruples — these all characteristically find expression socially,...
To Live and Die for Jesus: Social and Political Consequences of Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity - October 21, 2016 8:13 AM
Typically, religion involves a significant social dimension. Beliefs, rituals, ethical/moral scruples — these all characteristically find expression socially, whether in...
Early Jewish Opposition to Jesus-Devotion - September 22, 2016 7:23 PM
By the end of the first century, among the matters in dispute between Christians (Jewish and Gentile) and Jewish religious authorities, Christian devotion to Jesus had become...
Worship of Jesus as Evolutionary Development - June 29, 2016 12:17 AM
The first essential observation from which to proceed is that, in the contextof ancient Jewish monotheistic scruples (inherited by earliest Christians from the Jewish religious...
The Change of the Ages - May 3, 2016 5:24 AM
The Change of the Ages Given the Christian view of the imminent transformation of the world and the establishment of God's kingdom, an apostle like Paul should have looked back...
Part 22 - April 5, 2016 10:35 PM
Christianity and other Jewish apocalyptic sects, more mainstream Jewish proselytizing activities, various pagan salvation cults, all had their apostles tramping the byways of...
A Thirst for the Irrational - February 15, 2016 4:16 PM
A Thirst for the Irrational  beings possessed a portion of the higher reality in that part of themselves called the "soul." It had existed before birth and been a part of the...
Transcending the World (part 20) - November 27, 2015 10:12 PM
Formerly, religion had been tied to the state, an expression of the state's interests. People took part in it as members of a larger whole. But in the Hellenistic age, the focus...
Part 19 The Son and the Saviour - November 15, 2015 5:18 PM
This Son and Savior was not identified with a recent human man or placed in an earthly setting, much less given a ministry of teaching and miracle-working in Galilee. Instead,...
Part 18 Christianity - October 19, 2015 5:04 PM
In reality, "Christianity" in its beginnings was much more diffuse. It was made up of several unrelated strands of activity within the religious philosophy and culture of the...
Class is now in session Part 17 - August 31, 2015 3:11 AM
Could this be because they are not in fact speaking of any such figure? Could it be that if we remove those Gospel-colored glasses when reading the early Christian writers, we...
Part 16 Was Christ real? - July 1, 2015 2:32 AM
Once upon a time, someone wrote a story about a man who was God. We do not know who that someone was, or where he wrote his story. We are not even sure when he wrote it, but...
Part 15 Could Jesus have been divine? - May 24, 2015 8:23 PM
The theory that no historical Jesus ever lived was still generally regarded as a fringe idea. Although a small minority of scholars had championed such a conclusion for...
Some recent thoughts to consider - April 29, 2015 7:39 PM
In the early 20lh century there were a number of efforts to counter the strong current of Jesus mythicism at that time, but the works on both sides of that debate are long...
What you thought you knew but ... - January 21, 2015 7:10 PM
Eric Hoffer noted: "It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necessary to make belief possible." There is an episode of Star Trek Voyager called Distant Origin where...
Excursus - December 19, 2014 8:25 PM
Every Christmas I use to share the story of the birth of the Christ child to my children. As they got older I shared the many different ways it effects we here in America. One...
Part 12 But wait, there are two sides to a Pancake! - December 2, 2014 11:25 PM
As most of my long time readers know I receive studies, books (for review) questions , comments etc. almost on a daily basis. It is not uncommon to receive 500+ emails a day....
Did Jesus claim to be God? (Part 11) - November 7, 2014 11:33 PM
The following is Professor Bart Ehrman’s perspective on this issue. Sorry that it is so long , but worth the read. What can we say about how Jesus most likely understood...
Part 10 Who was Jesus? - October 11, 2014 2:01 AM
Gentle Readers, Now lets look once again at what was taking place all around this issue of "Who was Jesus Christ?" The Relation of The Son to The Father: Monarchianism  ...
Part 10 Who was Jesus? - October 11, 2014 1:59 AM
Gentle Readers, Now lets look once again at what was taking place all around this issue of "Who was Jesus Christ?" The Relation of The Son to The Father: Monarchianism  ...
Part 10 CAESAR’S MESSIAH - October 3, 2014 12:51 AM
Gentle Reader, We’re still looking at the background of Jesus and how people in the first century came to understand who Jesus was and their relationship to him. Along...
Part 8 Jesus of Nazareth - September 22, 2014 12:15 AM
 Gentle Reader,  It is difficult to conceive (perhaps not how many versions there were in the first century about Jesus of Nazareth ) Within the Catholic (universal) Church...
Jesus man or God (part1 ) - September 14, 2014 11:32 PM
I said when I start this journey that I have more questions than answers. And that when one questions very often you come up with answers that you didn’t know were out...
Men and Gods - September 1, 2014 7:05 PM
We have looked at several Myths. To give you some idea of how Myths begin. Religion and mythology differ but have overlapping aspects. Both terms refer to systems of concepts...