Western Christianity

Paul and Christian Social Responsibility

Paul and Christian Social Responsibility WN: New Testament scholar Chris Marshall first published this piece in 2000. This, read conjointly with Pamela Eisenbaum's previous piece on this site, points to my belief that other than Jesus, Paul was the most radical social reformer the world has ever seen! He was decidedly not: - misogynist - anti-semitic - perverse founder of a new faith called "Christianity" over against Judaism - socially status quo He was quite…

IS PAUL THE FATHER OF MISOGYNY AND ANTISEMITISM?

This paper answers in the negative the question posed in the title. It was written by Pamela Eisenbaum, Pauline scholar, practising Jew, feminist, and professor at a Christian seminary. She subsequently wrote Paul was not a Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. I delivered a sermon inspired by her, entitled "Paul the Radical". An excerpt: I have a passionate interest in the apostle Paul. Many people think this passion is unusual because I…

Transformative Justice Vision and Spirituality: M2/W2 Association and The Criminal Justice System

This paper was done in May 2002 for a presentation at a Correctional Service of Canada institution. I do not recall the particular arrangements. An excerpt: Violence is the Ethos of our Times “Violence is the ethos of our times”, begins one writer’s robust assessment of contemporary Western culture (Wink, Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, 1992, p. 13). By “violence” is meant the deliberate infliction of harm upon another…

Emperor Bush, Pirate bin Laden, Calvin College, and the Gospel

Evangelicals were in bed with former President George W. Bush like never before. They of course are out of sorts with President Obama. The Christian Left however hugely welcomed Obama, who has hardly since in any way (if ever) shown desert of the Nobel Peace Prize. The paper, written during the second President Bush years, is self-explanatory. An excerpt: In juxtaposition to authors Greeley and Wolf, Dr. Richard Land, Dr. Chuck Colson, Dr. Bill Bright,…

Christianity and the Subversion of Just About Everything!

April 16, 2017 WN: This essay was initially written in the 1980's while I was preparing a sermon on Romans 13. My "aha" moment is that described in the excerpt below. I've never seen this elsewhere in biblical scholarship. Someday a New Testament scholar may tell me it really is not good exegesis. But until then... Though the late Mennonite NT scholar Dr. David Schroeder, who later wrote a Foreword when I published it locally, was…

David Cayley of CBC Ideas for over 30 years Presents…

Greetings all. About 25 years ago, I wrote to David Cayley in response to a CBC Ideas series broadcast on the program by that name. (CBC is Canada's public broadcasting network). It was a series of interviews with noted Norwegian criminologist Nils Christie. I wrote to Cayley, expressing my appreciation. That began a friendship that has endured. Cayley retired in 2012. I amongst others (I'm sure) encouraged him to make his hundreds of hours of…

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