Archive for July, 2011

Bridal Mysticism

The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity.  By Leon J. Podles The Church Impotent is not one more wearisome tract about goddess worship at convocations of Christian organizations. This book is a scholarly analysis of an appallingly misconstrued metaphorical theology beginning as early as the 13th century and continuing through the medieval period, the Reformation, […]

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Jesus without the Supernatural

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan The Last Week, by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, is based on the Gospel of Mark. The authors, a couple of Jesus-Seminar scholars, assume that many things Christians accept as core doctrines, didn’t happen, […]

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The Resurrection as Revolution

The Resurrection of the Son of God; Christian Origins and the Question of God by N. T. Wright Wright’s approach to the innumerable questions about the resurrection is through the historical and cultural setting in which the claim was made. His book makes the strongest arguments I’ve read that the resurrection was historical and not […]

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A Better Grade of Prisoner

When things have gotten badly out of hand, humor is sometimes a relief.  Carl Grant is a comedian who, in one of his routines, tells a story about Lester Maddox, Governor of Georgia circa 1970.  Commenting on prison riots in his state, Maddox is supposed to have said, “I don’t think that we’re gonna see much improvement in […]

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