Abortion and Personhood

A deep dive into personhood and its implications on abortion through analysis of directly applicable scripture, tradition, and reason, this post also probes deeply into the rationale of the Roe v. Wade decision and the court's self declared missing pieces. Why read this? Our society is in a battle over abortion.  Some believe that this…

The Risen Christ in Luke & John

Holistic Bible Scholarship provides insight into the text but also creates difficulty in explaining what one finds.  This post takes a look at the Risen Christ in the Gospel according to Luke and John through the Jewish worldview lens of the second temple period when Jesus preached and the Gospels were written. All literary forms…

Intelligence and Happiness

The closing stanza of Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" reads: To each his sufferings: all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan— The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would…

Shifting views of the divine

Archaeological and literary evidence shows that our concept of and relation to god or the gods has changed over the past six thousand years, this being the titular "great shift" of James Kugel's The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times.  After study of this excellent book, I could not help but ask some questions. Has God…

Jesus and the Hunt for Happiness

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on truth uses my life, fictive stories, and characters to focus on why we make it so hard to help and love one another.  That struggle, focused on controlling rules and behaviors, is the major theme throughout the book.  The ultimate goal is to live in world similar to the Kingdom of…

Magic, Restorationism & Gnosticism

My wife Kathy has been watching some shows about a certain religious movement from the 19th century, one that is sometimes seen as a cult and that prompted a discussion that readers may find interesting, hence this post. I've grouped Magic, Restorationism, and Gnosticism together because, at their core, these three practices attempt to reclaim…