Yom Kippur Depicts Israelites as the Scapegoat

Patheos Public Square is featuring essays on "The Sacrifice: Religions and the Role of the Scapegoat." In the history of religions, I don't think there has ever been any greater focus on sacrifice and scapegoat than what the nation of Israel did during antiquity on its most important religious holiday of the year--Yom Kippur, which means "the Day of Atonement." The seriousness of this holy day was further indicated by requiring all Israelites to fast throughout this day and confess their sins to … [Read more...]

A New Nuclear Arms Race in Space?

The U.S. and China are developing a new type of nuclear weapon called a "hypersonic glide vehicle" (HGV). It is a smaller warhead mounted on a booster rocket that can be launched at up to 17,000 miles per hour, travel through the edge of space, and re-enter earth's atmosphere to be precision guided to its target. Unlike conventional nuclear weapons ballistic systems, in which the warhead travels only through the earth's atmosphere in the path of an arc, this HGV warhead rises almost vertically … [Read more...]

Review of Ben Witherington’s Book, “The Problem with Evangelical Theology”

(All scriptures references are taken from the New Revised Standard Version.)Ben Witherington III is a New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. It is an Evangelical, Wesleyan school located in Wilmore, Kentucky, near Lexington. Ben is a leading New Testament scholar and a prolific author, with many theological books to his credit.I know the friendly Dr. Witherington, who likes to play golf. Last November, I was rooming with my close friend Professor Scot McKnight at the … [Read more...]

Danny Willett Wins the 2016 Masters as Jordan Spieth Collapses

Englishman Danny Willett won the Masters golf tournament today in a surprisingly upset victory when Jordan Spieth suffered a complete collapse at Amen Corner.Spieth looked like a shoe-in to win his second Masters in two years at only twenty-two years of age as he started the last nine holes with a five shot lead on the field. But as I posted this morning, Spieth has a serious flaw in his swing that causes him to miss full shots to the right of his target, especially during pressure … [Read more...]

Jordan Spieth and His Blocky Left Arm

Jordan Spieth finished his third round yesterday in the Masters with the one shot lead with which he started the day. His game from tee-to-green was wanting. He miss-hit many full shots to the right of his target. Even though he is such a golfing phenomenon, this is a problem he's been having sometimes under pressure in the majors. It especially happens in the closing holes, when he would typically feel more pressure, as it did yesterday. He had a four shot lead with two holes to play yesterday. … [Read more...]

The “We” of Team Spieth

In my day, golf was an individual sport. Not so for Jordan Spieth, the world's number 1 professional golfer. In media interviews, he constantly relates what "we" did not the golf course rather than what "I" did. In doing so, he refers to himself as well as all of the people who assist him regularly in his pursuit winning professional golf championships. That includes his caddie, his swing instructor, family members, etc.This is Masters week. Just minutes from now, Jordan Spieth will begin … [Read more...]

Tony Finau Wins his First PGA Tour Tournament

YEAH FOR TONY FINAU. Today, he won the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, defeating Steve Marino on the third hole in sudden death. Both men were vying for their first PGA Tour victory. Tony was leading by two shots in the back nine today and then lost his lead but hung in there to get in a playoff. Now he's got a two-year exemption for winning. He doesn't have to worry about staying exempt. That's a big load off a player's back.I've been pulling for tall Tony Finau ever since he came on the PGA … [Read more...]

Will Suicide Bombers Blast Donald Trump into the White House?

Muslim suicide bombers of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) killed 130 people and injured almost 400 on November 13 last year in Paris, France. And yesterday, they killed 31 and injured 270. This increase of attacks on Europe worries the U.S. because it could happen here, too. Such activity favors Donald Trump being elected as the next president of the USA in November.Three candidates remain in the race for the Republican nomination for president: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. … [Read more...]