April 18, 2019

Anyone who reads the gospels closely will have discovered some seeming discrepancies in the timing of the event of Jesus’ Last Supper, arrest, trial and execution. The most glaring problem is that John’s gospel has Jesus being executed on Friday afternoon, the day the Passover Lambs were being slaughtered in the Temple. However, the Last Supper on Thursday night is clearly portrayed as a Passover Meal. How could Jesus and the disciples have eaten a Passover Meal if the lambs… Read more

April 16, 2019

One of the questions which immediately arose during yesterday’s fire at Notre Dame in Paris was whether this was a jihadist terrorist action. In 2016 three jihadist women were arrested for plotting to blow up Notre Dame and last Friday, one of their number–Ines Madani–was sentenced in a French court. Curiously, a fire broke out near the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem at the same time as the Notre Dame blaze. No doubt conspiracy theorists will… Read more

March 25, 2019

Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a hero? I think she’s driven by the Resentment Loop. After reading Max Scheler’s Ressentiment I’m fascinated first of all by what I call the Resentment Loop. This is the constant replay of negative emotions or experiences. We do this when there has been some conflict that we are powerless to resolve. You know how it goes…”I should have said this…I should have said that…Next time I see him I’ll say…What I should have done was…I’ll get him back…Just… Read more

March 5, 2019

There was some gossip last week that the latest member of the royal family–American TV personality Meghan Markle said the baby she and Prince Harry are expecting will be raised “gender fluid. The palace PR machine went on to deny the story utterly, simply saying it was false. It does open the question to the whole LBGTQ debate, and it occurred to me the other day that the alternative marriage movement, by its very nature, breaks the ten commandments. Which… Read more

December 31, 2018

Some atheists, Muslims and Christian fundamentalists like to grumble and gibe that the celebration of Christmas and Easter are “pagan.” They are right and they are wrong. They are right inasmuch as the wellsprings of our Western culture are deep in the pre-Christian cultures of Europe. They are wrong because the early Christians, like the Hebrews before them, saw their religion as a contrast and a corrective to the prevailing pagan culture. Like cultural iconoclasts shall we seek to purge… Read more

December 24, 2018

There is an increasingly silly notion going around that Jesus never really existed, and if he did the stories about him in the New Testament are sort of like Johnny Appleseed legends and have as much to do with the historical Jesus as the Disney film has to do with a real life Native American called Pocahontas. At Christmas especially the stories get all mixed up in people’s minds with all the other charming tales we tell the children. Shepherds… Read more

December 21, 2018

The charming story of Christmas night is that the shepherds were a bunch of country bumpkins who were dozing around the fire on the hillside when some angels appeared in the sky and sang “Glory Hallelujah” and the farmers rubbed their chins and said, “Ye know Festus, I speck we oughter go down there to the village and see if we can find this here pretty baby.” Or some such. There was more to it than that. Much more. The… Read more

December 20, 2018

When will the silly nonsense stop? Once again this year we will hear from internet atheists about how “There is no evidence that Jesus ever existed. His “birthday” was simply the fact that the early Christians took over the Roman mid winter feast of Saturnalia and the birth of Sol Invictus -the unconquered Sun.” First let’s use some common sense. The early Christians were Jews. They couldn’t stand the pagan Gentiles. The first Christians would rather die than offer even… Read more

December 19, 2018

I’ve always been amazed at the power of the blog. You can write an article and post it instantly for worldwide publication. Podcasting has become easier and easier and over at my main blog I have now started several different podcast series. You can listen to a twenty three part series on church history called Triumphs and Tragedies or Stories of the Unexpected –true stories of the marvelous, miraculous and weird. Some of the series are for Donor Subscribers to my blog. Others, as… Read more

November 24, 2018

Have scientists proven the story of Noah’s Ark? A most interesting article popped up in the news feed this morning. The headline asks whether some great cataclysm happened before Adam and Eve. The story goes like this: In one of the most provocative and misunderstood studies of the year, scientists in the U.S. and Switzerland have made an astonishing discovery: All humans alive today are the offspring of a common father and mother – an Adam and Eve – who walked… Read more

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