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
A man and woman were talking to each other while strolling down a peaceful road. The man asked the woman, "What must heaven must be like?" The woman answered: "Well the idea of the kingdom of heaven is that of an ideal kingdom. The laws flow from the will of the King, who is good. The angels who reside … Continue reading The Kingdom of Heaven
This week I will be presenting a chapter from my dissertation on John Dewey at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. I will be summarizing the problem Dewey sees with Christianity, why it should be abandoned, and what can potentially happen in terms of democratic progress once it is abandoned. I conclude … Continue reading Dewey on how Religion Corrupts Our Democracy
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?
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
What is religion? I have to deal with this question because my dissertation is about the desire for immortality in the liberal tradition. Basically, when you're talking about a desire to live on after the unavoidable death of your body (immortality), you're getting into religion. There is not physical proof that anyone lives on after … Continue reading Religion and the Desire for Immortality