Why Jesus Cast out Demons

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

Miracles in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

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

Religion: What’s to Like?

I missed out doing much for Palm Sunday this week.  I miss out on a lot of observances that in principle I consider myself obligated to tend to.  I was not raised in the rituals of any church, nor was I raised with a coherent orientation toward religion.  My dad wavered, and continues to waver, … Continue reading Religion: What’s to Like?

3 End of Year Observations

 There is tremendous confusion over the authority of religion.  Gay marriage is now legal in the United States after a long and bitter culture battle.  ISIS is a serious threat, making religion seem uniquely accommodating to extremism and hence an unfortunate institution altogether.  Scripture is constantly under scrutiny by those looking to either smear it … Continue reading 3 End of Year Observations