Category: Christianity

Katapetasma (Blogger): The Healing of the Nations and the Exorcism in Gerasa

Katapetasma, “The Demonized Gerasene and the Paganized Greek: Eschatological Allegory in Mark 5:1-20” (8.17.20), scribesofthekingdom686237748.wordpress.com. When the Gerasene man is at last healed and the Legion is expelled into the sea, he comes to represent Greeks cured of idolatry and relieved of its symptoms… Continue Reading “Katapetasma (Blogger): The Healing of the Nations and the Exorcism in Gerasa”

An “Eschatological Allegory” – Katapetasma on the Exorcism of the Demon-Possessed Man of Gerasa

It seems that every time I read a post by blogger Katapetasma that I walk away from it not only having learned quite a bit but also envious that I lack the insight and writing ability to bring biblical texts to life as he so effortlessly… Continue Reading “An “Eschatological Allegory” – Katapetasma on the Exorcism of the Demon-Possessed Man of Gerasa”

Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy”

Paula Fredriksen, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017), 160-161. If the letter to the Romans is Paul’s Ninth Symphony, Romans 11.11 begins its fourth movement, Paul’s own “Ode to Joy.” Alle Menschen werden Brüder, and the apostle, divining God’s… Continue Reading “Paula Fredriksen: Paul’s Ninth Symphony and His “Ode to Joy””

A Conversation with Non-Alchemist

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of speaking with @AlchemistNon over on his YouTube channel. Topics included deconversion, inerrancy, contradictions in the Bible, philosophy of religion, and more. For those unfamiliar with @AlchemistNon, he is an agnostic who has had a similar trajectory religiously… Continue Reading “A Conversation with Non-Alchemist”

J. David Woodington: Fire as an Eschatological Motif of Judgment

J. David Woodington, “Crafting the Eschaton: The Second Death and the Lake of Fire in Revelation,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol 41 no 4 (2019), 508. The need to clarify what type of punishment the second death entails explains why… Continue Reading “J. David Woodington: Fire as an Eschatological Motif of Judgment”

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. If your upbringing was anything like mine, every Sunday morning, come rain or shine (but not blizzards), you were sitting in Sunday school hearing stories from the Bible. One of the many… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – The Roots of the Mountains”

(Re) Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 10

To see more posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. There I was in Texas, away from my parents and brother but with Mary and her family. Her family attended a local Presbyterian congregation and so I, with King James Bible in… Continue Reading “(Re) Considering Christianity: A Skeptic Looks at the Christian Religion – Introduction, part 10”

A Brief Response to Praise I Am That I Am by a “Disgruntled Apostate”

“Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving.”– Ephesians 5:4 (NRSV) “At least liberal scholars have some type of accreditation to validate what they say. You don’t have shit….”– YouTube personality Praise I Am That I Am… Continue Reading “A Brief Response to Praise I Am That I Am by a “Disgruntled Apostate””

Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Paths of the Seas

To see other posts in this series, please go to the series’ page. The psalmist wrote,  You [i.e. Yahweh] have given them [i.e. humanity] dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also… Continue Reading “Invasion of the Bible Snatchers: Ray Comfort’s ‘Scientific Facts in the Bible’ – Paths of the Seas”

Animal Typology in the Epistle of Barnabas

I’m reading through the Apostolic Fathers this year and recently finished the Epistle of Barnabas (in The Apostolic Fathers, second edition, J.B. Lightfoot and J.R. Harmer, trans [Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989], a text written sometime toward the end of the first… Continue Reading “Animal Typology in the Epistle of Barnabas”