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Another Fine Messiah

The concept of the Messiah is a significant one in both Judaism and Christianity, but I think it was in my Apocalypse class in college that I learned what it actually means, and how the concept developed, particularly in the context … Continue reading

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Conflicting Covenants

One thing I’ve heard a fair amount for Christians that doesn’t seem to really hold up is that Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection freed believers from the Jewish law. And yet the same people will quote verses from Leviticus to condemn … Continue reading

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Give Me Resurrection or Give Me Death!

I’ve looked at the concept of gods dying and being resurrected before, and it really seems like there’s a tendency to ascribe more similarities to the various myths of the sort than there really are. It’s a common theme, but … Continue reading

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From Carpenter to Creator

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, by Bart D. Erhman – Erhman, a scholar of early Christianity and a former fundamentalist who’s now an agnostic, has written several informative and enjoyable books on Biblical … Continue reading

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The Zeal Deal

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, by Reza Aslan – This book received a certain amount of notoriety due to a really stupid interview on Fox News, when Lauren Green asked why a Muslim would write about … Continue reading

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It’s in Revelations, People!

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, by Elaine Pagels – I’ve written quite a bit on the book of Revelation, sometimes in relation to modern Christians who can’t wait for the world to end, but also … Continue reading

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Anoint Me Slowly

I’ve recently seen it suggested that the practice of anointing an official in oil dates back to Egypt, where such a ceremony is represented in images of coronations. It has been proposed that, symbolically speaking, the anointment transfers the power … Continue reading

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The Fantasy of the Christ

I’ve recently come across several comments on a recent essay that tries to define fantasy as a distinctly Christian genre. Both J.L. Bell and Vorjack at Unreasonable Faith have brought it up, and my immediate reaction was to dismiss the … Continue reading

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Baha’i Times

It’s not uncommon for one religion to use another as a jumping-off point, as Christianity did with Judaism and Islam did with both of those. The Baha’i Faith, founded in the nineteenth century, continues with this tradition, having developed from … Continue reading

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When Rome Ruled

Since Chanukah is soon coming to an end and I know I’ve at least occasionally had Jewish readers, I feel it’s only appropriate to write something related to this holiday. It’s sort of a multi-faith post, I suppose, as it … Continue reading

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