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Reading the Bible: Genesis, 1

This past month I’ve resumed my close reading of the Bible. I began last year, reading overviews of the Old Testament before reading the New Testament itself closely, taking notes on personal reactions, and reading commentaries and noting salient points … Continue reading

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Christianity and the Sunk Cost fallacy

In the Christmas Day issue of the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof has a chat with the evangelist Christian pastor and author Timothy Keller, asking Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?. Kristof admires the teachings of Jesus but … Continue reading

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Thomas Paine, THE AGE OF REASON (1796)

Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, author of Common Sense in 1776, which inspired the American revolution, and Rights of Man in 1791, which defended the French Revolution. He’s one of those Founding Fathers … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Three More NT Epistles; Revelation

Final post of notes about my first reading of the New Testament. List of previous posts: Intro and sources used (Oxford’s edition of the New Revised Standard Version, the King James Version via Steve Wells’ Skeptic’s Annotated Bible, Stephen M. … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Hebrews, James

Next set of Biblical commentary. See Part 1 about sources used — NRSV, Asimov, Miller, KJV via Wells. List of previous posts: Intro and sources used (Oxford’s edition of the New Revised Standard Version, the King James Version via Wells’ … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Colossians, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy

These follow Romans chronologically, written from 60 to 67, along with Philippians, Philemon, and Titus, which I read but about which I don’t seem to have taken any notes. (These epistles by Paul, or his surrogate, are all pretty similar.) … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Romans

Returning to my notes upon reading sections of the Bible for the first time. The last couple posts here were about Genesis, but before that I’d finished the New Testament, and left off with the two books of Corinthians, trying … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Genesis, part 2

A bit more Genesis, before pausing on this subject for a while. 2:9, And in the garden were two trees. An extremely potent metaphor: one is a tree of life, one is a tree of knowledge, and the latter is … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Genesis, part 1

I finished up the New Testament a couple weeks ago, and have notes and comments on those latter epistles, and Revelation. I then circled back to the beginning, to read Genesis itself, rather than merely comments about it, and since … Continue reading

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Ehrman, JESUS BEFORE THE GOSPELS: Memories, Stories, and the Gospels

I’ve read eight or ten books in recent weeks that I haven’t yet blogged about here (including three SF novels), but I plan to catch up. First, mentioned earlier as remarkably coincidental considering my recent Bible reading, is a new … Continue reading

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