Tag Archives: Messiah

Promissory Atheism and Promissory Theism

I”ve been thinking about something that the late Nobel Prize winner, Sir John Eccles, said of strict materialism. He called it “promissory materialism”, and said of it: “I regard this theory as being without foundation. The more we discover scientifically about the … Continue reading

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Be Here Now

There’s something eschatalogical about the above clip that I like. It contains within it the seed of the idea that life goes on in a functional way, but when a very particular “presence” arrives on the scene you drop everything and enter … Continue reading

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“In three days, live!”: A Book Review of Israel Knohl’s “Messiahs and Resurrection in ‘The Gabriel Revelation'” (Continuum 2009)

Israel Knohl’s book, Messiahs and Resurrection in The Gabriel Revelation, is an important event for students of Christian origins, for it is the first book-length treatment, by a prominent biblical scholar, of an unusually important archaeological artifact: A recently discovered … Continue reading

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Stuff Happens: Donald Rumsfeld, the Free Will Defense, and the Problem of Suffering

After the invasion of Iraq in April 2003, George Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, provided a free-will defense for the rampant street looting in Iraq. Why was it occurring, and why wasn’t the United States actively engaged in stopping it? Here’s Rumsfeld’s answer: Freedom’s … Continue reading

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