Blessed are the Persuasive?

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WWJD (Feline Edition)

Today's Bizarro comic helps focus attention on the relationship between natural instinct and morality. The natural world is full of behavior that could be considered to run counter to many human systems of moral teaching. We do not expect cats to ask, after catching a mouse, “What Would Jesus Do?” – nor even some feline [Read More…]

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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…]

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Not Manna

A friend shared this cartoon from “Inherit the Mirth” on Facebook. I was entertained by it immediately, but only later it struck me that it can also be used to make a serious point. The Bible and other ancient Jewish and Christian texts use manna as a symbol – for the word of God, for [Read More…]

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Jesus Left Behind

A certain stream of Christianity focuses a lot of attention on people being left behind by Jesus, in a concocted event that actually bears no resemblance to anything one finds in the New Testament. And so David Hayward’s cartoon “The Real Left Behind” shows the more pressing issue: that Christians and Christianity are prone to [Read More…]

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If John 21 Were Written Today

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Did Jesus Foresee, Plan, and/or Interpret His Own Death?

Did Jesus foresee his own death coming and interpret it beforehand? The opinions on this tend to be divided largely into two camps: conservative Christians who will say “Of course Jesus knew, he was God,” and others, including historians, who will say that, while Jesus might well have suspected that he might meet a fate [Read More…]

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Take Up Your Cross

I received a question in an e-mail that seemed worthy of a blog post rather than just a private response. The question was about the depiction in the Gospels of Jesus telling people to not simply follow him, but to take up their cross and follow him. One question is obviously whether Jesus can be [Read More…]

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Go, Redistribute Your Wealth to the Poor, and Follow Me

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Jesus Clears the Temple

For those who appreciate atrocious puns as much as I do… [Read more…]

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Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified #progGOD

I was gearing up to write a post about the slaughter of the Canaanites, a topic that came up in my class today. And then I finally got around to watching this Saturday Night Live video, “Djesus Uncrossed,” which several blogs I read had already shared: I could not help but connect the two, since [Read More…]

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