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Reading In and Around the Bible: Epistles of Paul, 2

First Corinthians: 1:7, “as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Another allusion to Paul’s prediction of the imminent Second Coming, which has conspicuously failed to happen for some 2000 years now. Again, why hasn’t this most … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Epistles of Paul, 1

Working my way through the New Testament; after the four gospels, and Acts, much of it is the epistles of Paul, seemingly the creator of the Christian religion. (My current plan is to read through the rest of the NT … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Acts

Latest set of notes on my readings, for the first time in my life, of the books of the New Testament, reading as a non-believer, inclined to skepticism, often to simple bemusement. The history of the world of supernatural claims … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible: Divorce and Homosexuality

Still writing up notes on the Biblical book of Acts, which I finished reading last Friday, and working my way through Ehrman’s JESUS BEFORE THE GOSPELS, which I’ve returned to after having read the four gospels. Ehrman’s comments about Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Reading In and Around the Bible, 5: John

Latest set of notes on my readings, the first in my life, of books of the New Testament, finishing yesterday the Gospel According to John. (I earlier skimmed the OT but have been reading the NT itself.) Sources of commentary … Continue reading

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Founding Father Thomas Paine and the Bible

I haven’t subscribed to Free Inquiry magazine for years, but I picked up the latest issue last week and was fascinated by a piece about Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, whom the modern religious … Continue reading

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Reading Around the Bible, 4: Luke

Just starting the fourth gospel, John, so let me write up impressions of Luke first, beginning with some broad observations and questions: The whole idea of fulfilling prophecies, which the gospels variously emphasize, becomes considerably less impressive once you notice … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Historical Jesus; God’s Plan; Sagan on religion v science

Relevant to some of my current reading, and the recent Easter holiday: Salon from last year, Valerie Tarico, 5 good reasons to think Jesus never existed. Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other … Continue reading

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Reading Around the Bible, 3: Mark

Some of these comments apply, of course, to Matthew as well. All maladies are due to spirits or demons. It’s been noted by critics that the Bible contains no knowledge that was not known to its writers; that is, though … Continue reading

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Reading Around the Bible, 2: Matthew

Having finished the Old Testament a couple weeks ago, and passing over the Apocrypha for now, I decided to proceed with the New Testament by not only reading *around* it via commentaries by others, but to in parallel read the … Continue reading

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