The Pokey Finger of God

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Philip

July 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Philip · christianity, history

Philip occupies a rather unusual corner of the canon. On the one hand, he’s one of the first people Jesus recruits[1] and he’s shown recruiting other apostles[2] as well as bringing the early Church to Samaria[3]. On the other hand, he’s very much a bit part: he does not appear as a significant actor in […]

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Wet Behind the Ears

July 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Wet Behind the Ears · christianity, history

Almost immediately after the last post, I realized that a “part two” would be in order. First off, there’s the whole issue of how the Gospel of John has a totally different take on the whole baptism thing than the synoptics. Obviously, the Gospel of John has a special place for the Baptist, and his […]

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The Gnostic Calling of Jesus

July 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on The Gnostic Calling of Jesus · christianity, history

In reviewing some historical material, specifically the Prophets of the Old Testament, something new occurred to me. On one level, the Prophets of Ancient Israel and Judah were the real standard bearers for the Yah cult. Some of the kings seemed to like it, perhaps because they imagined that they could somehow politically reunite the […]

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Moist Towelette

May 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Moist Towelette · christianity, history, ritual

I haven’t given myself the time to really study anything in a while. Riding on airplanes provides a lot of time to read, and it’s really sparked a further round of heretical research better than anything I’ve really done in a while. I had to go back to my original notes, but now I’m hip […]

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