Monthly Archives: March 2012

Does Everyone (or Anyone) Have to Be a Theologian?

There was an excellent post on Rachel Held Evans’ blog by an anonymous poster, entitled Will You Always Believe in Jesus, Mama?  I heartily recommend the post.  But what I want to talk about here is something that a commenter … Continue reading

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Josephus Hated the Pharisees; Any Pharisees in Galilee?; A Return to the Garden

I have three items for my write-up today on volume 3 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. 1.  I wrote a paper on the Pharisees for a class years ago.  What I found in my reading … Continue reading

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George Gilder and Susan Faludi

For today’s Women’s History Month post, I will talk about two articles by conservative economist George Gilder, whom Susan Faludi talks about in her 1991 book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.  The first article is “The Relationship of … Continue reading

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Effecting Restoration, Zealot and Iscariot, Christology Debate, Multiple Attestation

I have four items for my write-up today on volume 3 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. 1.  On page 153, Meier talks about how Jesus believed that his selection of twelve disciples was actually bringing … Continue reading

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Stand Your Ground Laws

I can see some point to the controversial Stand Your Ground laws, even though I agree with critics that something is seriously wrong when those sorts of laws can be used to excuse George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin.  I’m … Continue reading

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Abby Johnson’s Conversion

I was rummaging through some old papers recently, and I found something that I picked up at the Latin mass that I attended in Cincinnati.  It was the Cincinnati Right to Life News Brief, and it was talking about Abby … Continue reading

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The Shooting of Trayvon Martin

This post is about the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin. 1.  George Will and Donna Brazile had insightful comments on ABC This Week.  Click here for the transcript. George Will said: “That the law in question, the so-called Stand Your … Continue reading

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The Old and the New

For my write-up today on church, I’ll quote the Prayer of Confession from the liturgy: “O God of laughter and tears, we come in this Lenten season weighed down by the past.  Sometimes we feel trapped by past actions, past … Continue reading

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Charlotte Allen’s Critique of Susan Faludi’s Backlash

For this post, I will share some comments that I read on Susan Faludi’s 1991 book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. I will focus primarily on a February 1992 article by Charlotte Low Allen in Commentary, but I … Continue reading

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Faith Healer

I watched the Little House on the Prairie episode “Faith Healer” last night.  What’s ironic is that Nick Norelli had a post this morning about how he used to judge people as not having enough faith if they were not … Continue reading

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