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Careful Now

In modern American Christianity there is a somewhat troubling trend to view doubt as some kind of virtue. I’m not entirely sure from whence it arises, but the general thrust of the notion is that dogmatism and blind belief have wrought so much damage- both individually and corporately- that perhaps the only antidote to our race’s penchant for hubris is to double-down on any...

Nobody Knows

The more we know, the more we realize we don’t know, or so the aphorism goes. Since we are not angels but mortals, our knowledge is mediated through our senses and gained through a discursive process; we do not intellectually perceive anything apart from the object from which idea is abstracted and drawn forth. Were we intellects like the angels, we would be able to grasp the universal and...

Columns and Cudgels

Some ideas become ubiquitous rather quickly, even if they have a less than substantial basis in reality. This is true in all arenas of thought, but is perhaps most pernicious in all things religious. The still rather large niche market of what I could only term pop-culture American Christianity is especially susceptible to this problem, as theologically suspect and exegetically questionable...

Wine & Weddings

I am frequently befuddled by some of the accounts in the Gospels. More specifically, the editorial decisions made by some of the writers so as to include this or exclude that. I know, I know, if only they had had me around to make some suggestions… Actually, they would have probably been a lot longer, given my penchant for verbosity. Perhaps we all lucked out in the end. John’s Gospel is...

Get What You Want!

One of the struggles we all face is knowing what the heck we should do with our lives. The myriad opportunities and choices we face can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the big questions: What career should I pursue? Whom should I marry? Should I take that job and move to a different state? I have always struggled with knowing what to do, and because I can never approach these...

Empty Pots

We all desire something. Sometimes we can describe it in great detail, as when we hunger or thirst; a lemonade would hit the spot, or probably an ice cream cone. (Actually, always an ice cream cone!) But other times our desires are more nebulous, and perhaps there is some interior aching that no one else can see but is yet felt deep within. This incessant longing for some unknown good can be...

Bread and Water

Of all the miracles Jesus performed, the one that seems to stand above the rest- at least by the metric of mention- is that of the feeding of the 5000. No other miracle is present in all four Gospels, and the sheer prominence of this event in each Gospel indicates that it had a profound impact on not only the disciples (such as Matthew and John) but also on those who heard about it second hand...

When Towers Fall

The year 27 AD was a bad one for the Roman Empire. A recent war had left the empire with great losses, but even the ill fortunes of war could not compare with the disaster to come. In the town of Fidena an amphitheater had been built by a plucky entrepreneur of the freedman class by the name of Atilius. He did not have a fortune of his own, but no doubt hoped to acquire one by means of his...

Breaking Babel

Everyone wants to be remembered. We realize the immanent approach of death- as much as we seek to deny or avoid it- and in this realization is birthed a longing for permanence, for a part of oneself to somehow live on beyond this vale of tears. This individual existence is brought to a crescendo in the form of a simple word- a name. Whereas we designate individual inanimate objects by more...

A Good Epilogue is Hard to Find

The Harry Potter film series was pretty well done. Even though purists might balk at this, I found that every departure from the books in the film versions was an intelligent move and wonderfully improved upon the at-times convoluted plots. I was shocked, therefore, to come to the end of the The Deathly Hallows only to find that they simply couldn’t leave well enough alone- they had to...

Jesus in Hiding

In Edgar Allen Poe’s classic work The Purloined Letter, detective Dupin is enlisted by the Prefect of Police to retrieve a stolen letter which is known to be in a hotel room, yet has remained undiscovered despite the police force’s best efforts. The Prefect returns to Dupin a month later, flabbergasted at his force’s inability to find the letter, even after so much time and...

The Conversion of Job

Life is full of trouble and heartache, and the long march of the years can make our souls heavy-laden with grief. We thus liken such adversity to storms, knowing full well that sometimes they are soft spring showers, and other times tornadoes that uproot all we might hold dear. We might see the clouds gathering far off on the horizon, or have them break upon us suddenly with nowhere to hide. The...

Casting Lots

In my previous post concerning the story about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah I stated that Lot is also the one who tries to play the system in Sodom, offering his daughters to the crowd instead of the strangers. Knowing what he is attempting to do, the crowd rebuffs this rather pathetic attempt at capitulation and begins to advance on Lot. I originally intended to expand on this, but it...

The Bible Jumps the Shark

I happened to catch a little bit of the premiere of the History Channel’s mini-series The Bible. The glimpses I stole were in between eating lasagna, savoring some tasty pie, playing Taboo and watching Megan open presents, so I cannot pretend my observations are completely valid. That will not, however, stop me from opining. As we were waiting to start the game, the story of the two angels...

Deliver the Deliverer

Deliver the Deliverer Over the past few months I have been immensely enjoying the musical stylings of The Last Bison. (formerly known just as Bison) I discovered them on NoiseTrade and was hooked immediately on their tantalizing blend of mountain-top chamber music. One song in particular found its place on repeat for about two hours: Iscariot. It starts off with a haunting mix of guitar and...

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