Behold, the power of belief is revealed, and there, thrown aside, is the truth. The word enthusiasm represents to many people energy and passion. It has a more extreme sense, indicating a sort of enflaming of the spirit or becoming filled with spirit, or filled with a god. Enthusiasm in sound and meaning is related to … Continue reading On enthusiasm for the Bible, for Trump, and other things
You never know what somebody else is going through. Lots of veterans return home with some PTSD, but it is a hard thing to understand. I had what I think was a little bit of PTSD in the immediate months after my first tour in Iraq. Even with that, I have a hard time understanding … Continue reading A little bit of PTSD after Iraq
Flying out tomorrow to Massachusetts. Have most of my stuff packed. Am looking forward to a nice visit with family for Christmas. It's always weird "going back." There's all the questions it raises -- the question of belonging, as in where do I belong, where would I be happiest. There's the question of me -- … Continue reading Twas the night before..
Does everyone like being alive? Happy people surely do, almost by definition. If you're happy, then you are apparently having a good time. Nobody wants to stop having a good time, otherwise they wouldn't call it "good" in the first place. If you wanted it to stop, then you would call it a bad time, … Continue reading Do more people desire death or immortality?
We are thrown across the ground, and some of us land in good spots, others in bad spots. We are scattered. Where we find ourselves is not often where we want to be. We would rather be somewhere else, somewhere much better. Failing that, we would like to escape from where we are. Escape away. … Continue reading Loosening the Grip of Anxiety
The so-called "paradox of voting" is that since there is (just about) no way that any of us will ever, ever, ever be the deciding vote in an election, that it is a little bit weird that we vote at all. Voting produces government office-holders, but our own personal, individual vote could be subtracted out … Continue reading Why Vote?
"During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became … Continue reading Jesus doesn’t exist
Every discipline has it's puzzles. As an analyzer of theoretical texts, I consider the story of the Fall of Man from the Bible to be one of the big puzzles. I started playing around with it (again) yesterday, and after failing (again), am going to give it another shot today. The key positions I want … Continue reading Puzzling over Genesis and the Fall
The worst, most painful aspect to the gospels is not that Jesus claims to be Christ, but that Jesus casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead, and all the rest of the supernatural miracles we are challenged to consider. These are next to impossible to take seriously as actual historical events, which I think … Continue reading Why Jesus Cast out Demons
I have been reading the gospels lately, and have gotten through Mark, John, and yesterday finished reading Matthew. Although I've read them before, this time has been especially exciting. In particular, I have a few thoughts on how Mark stands out. It has to be understood first something about the authorship of Mark and its … Continue reading Miracles in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew