Jesus and Islam: The Perfect Scapegoats

 “Christ is not divinized as a scapegoat.  Those who take him to be God – Christians – are the ones who do not make him their scapegoat,” writes Renee Girard in his text Quand Ces Choses Commenceront. Girard’s work attempts to reveal the role that violence and victimization play in the organization of human societyContinue reading “Jesus and Islam: The Perfect Scapegoats”

Who needs the death of Jesus? We have Facebook

The widespread use of twitter, tumblr, Facebook, etc, and the past success of the movie “Social Media” and the accolades it received across various Hollywood awards shows should have gained the attention of the church and thoughtful followers of Jesus. Yet, this is not the case. Normally, us self-professed Christian folk can dismiss the latestContinue reading “Who needs the death of Jesus? We have Facebook”

The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?

For me, all doctrines and dogma are “fair game” and worth critical examinination.  A faith that is not able to withstand questions is an antique to be admired, not a faith that dares to walk and encounter the world with us.  The atonement, by virtue of its function in faith and theology, cannot be anContinue reading “The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?”

Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus

 In the past week I have had three conversations with fellow Brothers in Christ in regard to our ideas of atonement and its relationship to ministry and life.  Chief among these concerns has been the reality that more and more folks, especially folks under 30 (I am 31 FTR) are abandoning organized religion and churches.Continue reading “Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus”

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