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Authority

One of the topics in Craig Martin’s Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, which the students of “Introduction to Religion” are working their way through between a couple of weeks ago and the end of the week, is “authority.” … Continue reading

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A Brief, Wry Comment on Incarnation

It’s great, but it has its down side. Here’s an example. Nevertheless, as a hermeneutical principle, “the positives exceed the negatives.”

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Abundance of Possessions

The kingdom of God is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

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Way to Give Thanks

Here’s Mary, Jesus’ mom, giving thanks: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me … Continue reading

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On Not Knowing What You Don’t Know

There are a lot of things I used to be, and one of them was a political science major. Even then, I was not really that interested in electoral politics. The kind of politics I was then and have always … Continue reading

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God’s Communication Problem pt. 3

The daily lectionary this morning included Jeremiah 36, the story of Jeremiah getting Baruch to transcribe a scroll with all the messages against Judah and read it out at the Temple; Temple officials look over the scroll, and then take … Continue reading

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Classic Piety

Here’s a quote from Russell McCutcheon et al.’s terrific website Studying Religion: As already noted, in Ancient Greek, the term eusebia, or in Latin pietas, signified reverence, honor, and esteem–notably as expressed in social and legal relationships. Examples would include … Continue reading

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