Mark and the Not-Divine, Very Human Jesus

Dale Tuggy makes some excellent points in his recent blog post, “Where did Jesus claim to be God?” He writes: What bothers me the most is that this whole strategy perversely ignores the explicit, central, repeated, emphasized point of all the gospels, which is Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed. The assumption here is that God’s anointed [Read More...]

Jesus as a Teen

The cartoon is from Inherit the Mirth. It connects nicely to a discussion I had in my “Heresy” class recently. If Jesus was not rebellious in his teen years, if he did not learn to be obedient to his parents the way everyone else does, then is there any meaningful sense in which he was [Read More...]

The Bible as Human Product

“I let go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product. I learned that it is a human cultural product, the product of two ancient communities, biblical Israel and early Christianity. As such, it contained their understandings and affirmations, not statements coming directly or somewhat directly from God. . . . I realized [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Robot

Tom Baker’s time as the Doctor is arguably the most iconic in the show’s history, and the length of his run as the Doctor is not only a result of but also a contributor to that fact. The first full episode with Tom Baker as the Doctor is simply called “Robot.” The robot looks very [Read More...]

Jesus’ Thinking and Theology

While they may have genuinely thought they were being skeptical and critical, from our later vantage point, it seems that those who felt that we cannot say anything about Jesus’ own statements and views, but only those of the later church, were rather giving expression to their reverence for Jesus as a figure who still [Read More...]

Attacking Genesis

A Facebook friend shared a post of mine on his wall, and it led to interesting discussion. I wrote the following in a comment: Why not pay attention to the clues to the genres of the texts that we find within them, correlating them with other literature? When we encounter a text with a talking [Read More...]

Human First

The image quotes something I wrote a while back in a post with the title “Human First.” I was reminded of it in a recent discussion on Facebook, and so thought I would excerpt a quote to share.   [Read more...]

Perfect Bible, Imperfect God?

Another quote from a recent Facebook discussion that I thought I would share here: To believe that the Bible is inerrant, literally the words of God, you have to view God as morally flawed, since God pretends to be different human authors, and then apparently hates it when people fall for his trick.   [Read more...]

Training Jesus

The Gospel of Luke depicts a Jesus who learned. Many fundamentalists view Jesus as someone who always knew everything, being a divine person unhindered by human frailties (even if in theory they claim he was fully human as well as fully divine). Yet this Jesus who is supposedly infallible is kept on a very short [Read More...]

Shmi Skywalker the Mother of Batman

I apologize for the wacky title, but if a movie is made which features August Pernilla as Mary and Christian Bale as Jesus, then one simply has to make some sort of reference to their other roles along the lines of the title to this post, and get it out of one’s system. Or perhaps [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

The Doctor Who episode “The Sea Devils” covers ground very similar to other Doctor Who episodes featuring “Silurians” (in this episode the Doctor remarks that it is a misnomer and they really ought to be called Eocenes). Homo Reptilia of a different but related species are emerging from a self-induced slumber. They hid away in [Read More...]


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