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The Binding of Isaac as Cautionary Tale

In the end, it all comes down to the agency of a child. R.L. Stollar Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As … Continue reading

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Centering Children: The Hermeneutics of Child Liberation Theology

R.L. Stollar Like all liberation theologies, child liberation theology places the subjects of liberation—children—at the center of the hermeneutical process. Child liberation theologians must read biblical narratives with an eye towards children: (1) towards childrens’ roles in any given narrative, (2) towards their marginalization … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot Never Existed: The Author of the Gospel of Mark Created Them (Guest Blog by New Testament Scholar Dennis MacDonald)

Originally posted on Κέλσος:
Below is a guest blog that NT scholar Dennis MacDonald asked me to post here on Κέλσος. MacDonald argues that both Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot are fictional characters that never historically existed, but were created by…

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Are Sins Primarily Sins against God?

Originally posted on Jesus Without Baggage:
Some believers think all sins are primarily sins against God. Stephen Witmer makes that very statement: All sin is primarily sin against God. Where sin is understood as merely a moral concept rather than…

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Thoughts on an all-just, all-merciful Christian god

Originally posted on Signs you are a Sheltered Evangelical:
I am considering the claim that god is both all-merciful and just.  I have many times heard it argued that god is all-merciful to forgive transgressions of his law, but that…

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If You Care About Abuse, You Should Care About Who Ted Cruz Wants on the Supreme Court

For anyone who cares about child and survivor advocacy, the possibility of such an appointment should be terrifying. Source: If You Care About Abuse, You Should Care About Who Ted Cruz Wants on the Supreme Court

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Scaffolding: Family/Church Framework

The six of us, my parents and us four children, put down our roots pretty quickly. We were actively involved in our church, which included Sunday school & other church services. In the summer, we had Vacation Bible School and … Continue reading

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Scaffold: My Family

My parents met when my mother, a nursing student, was caring for my dad’s mom in a hospital.  He told his mom that “that girl is the one I’m going to marry”.  They started dating, and in 1949, when they … Continue reading

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2016

I will be visiting the building of my life’s scaffolding, as well as its demise, in 2016.  I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of this new year.

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My Father’s Legacy

2015 was a bad year for me.  I’m happy to see it go.  However, it seems as if my father’s legacy will likely extend into 2016, so all bets are off for next year. My father died on April 16 … Continue reading

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