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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.

Progressive Critique of Leftist Cancel Culture and Censorship of “Non-Woke” Ideas

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-news-media-is-destroying-itself

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‘Diversity Training’ Doesn’t Work. This Might.

“One need not, for instance, internalize left-progressive views on inequality and identity issues in order to effectively collaborate with a colleague on a project (not the least because colleagues who are minorities or immigrants often won’t subscribe to such views … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Julian of Eclanum’s Commentaries on Job, Hosea, Joel, and Amos

Julian of Eclanum. Ancient Christian Texts: Commentaries on Job, Hosea, Joel, and Amos. Translated and edited by Thomas P. Scheck. IVP, 2021. Go here to purchase the book. Julian of Eclanum was the bishop of Eclanum in Italy. He lived … Continue reading

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Colossians Conundra, Jesus as God of the OT, Paul’s “Works of the Law” in the Perspective of Second-Century Reception

Some items from church this morning, followed by a book write-up. I will also include elements of the past two Sundays at church in this post. A. The Sunday school class is continuing its way through Colossians. Here are three … Continue reading

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Colossians and Gnosticism, Talents as Forgiveness, Rebels and Exiles, Resurrecting Justice

My church write-up, followed by two book write-ups: A. The Bible study is continuing its way through Colossians. On Sunday, the pastor talked about Gnosticism, since Paul in Colossians is probably fighting a proto-Gnostic Christian heresy. The Gnostics believed that … Continue reading

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How to Get Promoted — Clarissa’s Blog

Biden just appointed as assistant health secretary the person who took their mother out of an LTR right before sending COVID patients into LTRs. Many people died as a result. But hey, this individual fills some ridiculous identity box, and … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Midnight, Transformed, New Colossians Class

Some items from church: A. Last week was Epiphany. The pastor in his sermon talked about New Year’s Day and how people act as if the dawn of a new year will actually change things. How can a new calendar … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Free to Choose, by Milton and Rose Friedman

Milton and Rose Friedman. Free to Choose: A Personal Statement. HBJ, 1979, 1980. See here to purchase the book. Milton Friedman was a Nobel Prize-winning economist, known for his advocacy of monetarism and free market economics. He met his wife, … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Devil’s Chessboard, by David Talbot

David Talbot. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. HarperCollins, 2015. See here to purchase the book. David Talbot founded and edited Salon, and he was also senior editor for the left-wing Mother … Continue reading

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The Federalist: Georgia Confirms The Pre-Trump GOP Is Dead And Gone

“Instead of being beholden to a wealthy donor class and the exhausted ideas and slogans of the Reagan era, Republicans could embrace populism and become a right-of-center, multiracial, working-class party. Studies of the 2016 electorate indicated GOP voters were more … Continue reading

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