Around about six years ago I decided to read the New Testament as little as possible, focussing all my attention and energy on the Old. The aim was (and is!) to be able to see the witness of the New in all its particularity and difference. Christians tend to work in the other direction: we are thoroughly acquainted with the New and thus complain when the Old Testament doesn't seem to fit the paradigm. "Is the God of the Old Testament really Jesus' father?" Doing things the other way round raises a different question: "Is Jesus really the Son of the God of Israel?"Take the time to read his first post on the issue. It looks like he plans to write more about it later.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Adam Kotsko points to an old article on King's "missing years" between 1965 and 1968, along with the missing messages from that time.
Inhabitatio Dei points to the same article, and throws some comments in as well.
And a little clip from Where's My Jetpack? in which King decries America as arrogant, with God's judgement just around the corner.
It's little wonder that he made someone angry enough to shoot him. He probably never meant to be a one-trick pony, just fighting for certain civil rights. Unfortunately, that's mostly what's he's remembered for.
I feel the same about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Too often remembered only for his role in the assassination plot against Hitler, too little remembered for Act and Being and Sanctorum Communio.
Friday, 15 January 2010
Thursday, 14 January 2010
You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.
His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Wun last thing about forskinzMy handrietin sux LOL!Sum peepl wantz u to cut ur forskin off. Dis iz bcz dey iz afraid peepl wil treet them bad bcz dey is Christians. Dey jus wantz to talk about ur bodi LOL. i nevr bragz about anithin xcept Jesus. Forskinz iznt importnt. Jesus's work iz all dat mattrz realli i jus wantz evribodi who duz Ceiling Cat's work to be happi.So doant giv me so much trubl no moar.kthnxbai.Galatians 6:11-18
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
By contrast to this ontology, Žižek's "God" reveals himself in a radically self-emptying process, to the point where God's love for the world results in sacrificing his own transcendence -- that is, his own distance from the world, if you will -- in order to be more fully God. "This is why," as Žižek says, following Hegel, "What we have after crucifixion, namely, the resurrected God, is neither God the Father nor God the Son -- it is the Holy Ghost." And, as the Scriptures say, the Holy Ghost is love between believers -- it is the spirit of the community of believers. These famous words of Christ: "whenever two or three are gathered together [in love] I am in the midst of you." Žižek thinks we should all take this passage literally. (Davis, The Monstrosity of Christ, 18)
Monday, 4 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
I think one of the challenges to Christianity is the Hebrew Bible. The god of the Hebrew Bible is in stark contrast to Jesus in many ways, but not every way. Did God change between his commands for conquest and genocide, and his commands to love one's enemy? Maybe Marcion was right in some respects; perhaps there are two different entities at work here.
The gospels are certainly in no doubt about drawing a continuity of thought between the Hebrew texts and the life of Jesus. Matthew identifies various prophecies that Jesus fulfilled (especially through his Christmas story), and is clear to point out that Jesus didn't want to abolish the law. John is equally as clear to make sure that Jesus is thought of as the I AM.
They way through this is, as always, to start and end with Christ. What is God like? God is like Christ. And if we take that further, then it's fair to say that prophecy only gains value as future-telling if it is true in Christ. If we miss the vital step at the beginning, then we run the risk of mis-reading any other text we encounter.
1. Then again, drawing Jesus as the logos is a very Greek thing to do. By that logic, if Jesus were born into a taoist society, it would be fair to have written, "In the beginning was the tao ... The tao became flesh and made his dwelling among us."