As I read current informative articles about the exponential growth of technologies and discoveries in medicine, AI, transportation (terrestrial and extra-terrestrial), and numerous other disciplines, I think about a naive ethical corollary about scientific/technological progress on the one hand and progress of human values on the other had made by Mark Twain decades ago. It’s … Continue reading Naive Ethical Reflections by Mark Twain
It is axiomatic among students of the New Testament that the Cross and Resurrection of Christ are the bi-focal points of the Christian faith. The number of well-known theologians and New Testament scholars who advance the bi-focal approach is extraordinary in both quantity and quality, so that anyone who demurs should do so cautiously. I … Continue reading Major Neglect of Ascension and Enthronement
(Photo of the papyrus requesting aid in rebuilding the Jewish temple in Elephantine) The artifacts associated with archaeology can serve several functions. In addition to the illumination of the life of known persons or social practices or historical events from antiquity, they can also document circumstances and practices that are surprising and challenging to our … Continue reading Elephantine Papyri and A Diaspora Jewish Temple
Since the early-to-mid 19th century, Western Christianity has been influenced by Premillennialism. Without opening the lid to that eschatological Pandora’s Box, I do want to discuss one facet of that theology and hermeneutic. It is axiomatic for Premillennialism's doctrine about the book of Revelation that "the church" is raptured at a time soon following the … Continue reading What Happened to “Church” After the Seven Letters in Revelation?
I am certain that the young couple I saw was not only enjoying their kiss and embrace for obvious romantic pleasures, but also for some of the intentional symbolism, standing as they were at the front of what in Roman times was the magnificent Temple of Venus (= Greek Aphrodite). Venus was regarded as the … Continue reading Pleasures In Rome
There are obviously so many channels from which one can learn about the concept of the afterlife. Many world religions teach the concept of a painful afterlife, often deriving the idea of a painful condition due to a life of immoral living and/or the stultification of God. I have treated the idea of the portal … Continue reading Thoughts about Hell from Jesus Himself.