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The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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A slightly early and very bizarre happy St. Patrick’s Day wish to you, courtesy of Bizarro.
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Patriarchal history meets the “evil” mythological Greek goddess…making an example of Medusa is important for patriarchal religious judgment!
I actually thought about adding an apology to any Greek polytheists who might consider this an offensive intimation of Christian superiority (Christian saint banishes her snakes, rather than his being turned to stone by her). But I waited because I was curious whether anyone else would pick up on the same thing!
James, I don’t like “faith” claims about “God”, nor do I like “mystery” to explain things. So, I would not side on philosophy being of value in “imparting knowledge”. Knowledge is gained by the disciplines and is modern, not post-modern. Post-modernity has no rationality. I am much more prone to defend rational choice, personal values under a Constitutional government, than I am historicizing myth, traditional conditioning of values, and tribal hierarchy.
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It’s a joke, folks, it’s a joke!!
You need to watch Letterman more
This man Patrick who has shorn the snakes from my goddess Medusae, who him that he so with the power? Him the catholic of strong and us the greek of weaknesses? Is easy, no? Medusae turn him to alabaster with a look of her eye? The snake, no?
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