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No Jesus

March 28th, 2021 · Comments Off on No Jesus · Uncategorized

There was no historical Jesus, without any doubt. Ancient Judea was awash with teachers and Messiahs for whom we have names, yet his is only listed in the Gospels. We actually know quite a lot about the people and the politics in the Holy Land during the time setting of the Gospels, but we don’t […]

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Community

January 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on Community · Uncategorized

My fundamental attraction to intentional community was the idea that everyone — young and old, healthy and infirm — would all be taken care of because people take care of each other in a community. A large enough community can provide enough food and shelter, companionship and teaching, for all of its members and have […]

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Yuruba Faith Encounter

December 11th, 2019 · Comments Off on Yuruba Faith Encounter · Uncategorized

As a pagan, I have throughout my life chosen my own gods. A significant part of this is an anti-authoritarian impulse driven from trauma associated with modern Christianity. I’ve never taken on a deity because I belonged to a group or because some guru directed me to, although I have participated in deistic rituals without […]

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Ruminations 2015

December 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Ruminations 2015 · Uncategorized

This is my first, and likely last, post for 2015. It was a good year for life and home, and I mostly relaxed and did things other than writing or thinking about Christianity. Although, the topic never seems far away. The Atwill book caused a major rethink on my part: it made sense, and it addresses many […]

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