Love

Despite the fact that according to the Beatles, it’s all you need, I don’t like “love.” It is anemic, washed out, sold out, domesticated, banal, and boring. What does “love” even mean? It is either too vague or too precise. It can mean everything, which usually means it means nothing. I “love” green onions. I […]

Running Out of Time

“This is what I mean, brothers [and sisters], the time has grown short; henceforth, let even those who have wives be as if they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no […]

The Dark Side of the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount is often considered to be a high point in Christian ethics. It has been thought to embody the highest possible ethical standards and has thus been given a pride of place in Christian thought. We believe that in it we see the moral vision at the heart of Jesus’ teaching, […]

Is Jesus Divine in Mark?

In orthodox Christianity, Jesus is both human and divine. At least in part, this belief is based upon what is written in the New Testament. Mark, the earliest canonical Gospel (see “The Priority of Mark,” by Peter Kirby), has been interpreted as conforming to this view; but does it? Mark’s Jesus is certainly human, but […]

The End: Apocalyptic Musings

What goes through your mind when you see some angry preacher with a bullhorn shouting that the end is near? Do you ignore him/her? The idea that God will soon dramatically intervene in the affairs of the world and draw history to a close … well, it’s an extreme idea, isn’t it? It is enough […]