Category History

Interpreting Jesus as a Prophet

N.T. Wright points out that in the New Testament Jesus’ contemporaries categorized him as a prophet, someone who vividly exhorts Israel to greater fidelity to Yahweh, often in a period of national crisis. If that is how people interpreted him, then that is likely how Jesus intended to be interpreted, at least in part. I […]

Truer every day

An old post from two years ago. Gets truer every day. A quote from Bernard Lonergan, SJ: A civilization in decline digs its own grave with relentless consistency. It cannot be argued out of its self-destructive ways, for argument has a major theoretical premise, theoretical premises are asked to conform to matters of fact, and […]

Still River (Repost)

This is an old post from 2014, and one of my favorites. If I were not so lazy I’d post things like this all the time.   The village of Still River, Massachusetts, is named for the oxbow of the Nashua River at the bottom of the hill on which it sits. It is one […]

Its 21st Admendment Day!

Today is the 83rd anniversary of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the sale of alcohol in the United States of America, land of the free and all that. Progress, Protestantism, and Women’s Suffrage – ideologies which are all strongly influenced by Gnosticism and deeply opposed to the corporeal nature of man – […]

The Historical Jesus (Repost)

I’m pulling this one out of the archives because the theme has been on my mind. Enjoy. There is a massive artifact testifying to existence and work of Jesus, which is called the church. It can be categorized as a society, a culture, a corporation, or a network. It is the main source. Unsurprisingly, the […]

Different Takes on the Reformation

Eamon Duffy scans contemporary historical takes on the Reformation. Duffy’s own work changed how we look at the Reformation by pointing out that though national governments and the elites turned Protestant fairly quickly, a deep study of archaeology, letters, and folk practices shows that the common people held onto Catholic religious practices for decades after […]

ISIS: Nothing New

An interesting article by John Grey argues that there is nothing new or shocking about ISIS. The use of large scale terror to transform society started with the French Revolution, was perfected by the Soviets, and brought to the Middle East by the PLO**, a nationalist and socialist movement. ISIS destroying pre-Islamic art has precedents again […]