Today’s lecture begins a two day series on the revolutionary developments in ancient Indian thought during what is sometimes called the Upanishadic Era. After discussing the challenges such thinkers posed to the Vedic concentration on ritual and priests, we begin to discuss yoga, both in its philosophy and, after watching a HYSTERICAL video, juxtaposing such … More Hindu Lecture 3: Upanishadic Era (Pt I)
Having completed our discussions on the Gospels, the next three lectures focuses on the development of Christianity through history. Beginning in the second century, the present material discusses challenges early Christians faced with one another, paying particular attention to the various beliefs and controversies that characterized early Christianity, and the move toward establishing a singular … More Christianity Lecture 7: Early Christian Centuries
Our material today begins by concluding previous discussions on the synoptic Gospels, paying particular attention to each author’s theological message. This then is followed by a discussion of the Gospel according to John, with special attention paid to John’s style, the Prologue, the way in which Jesus speaks of himself, a change in understanding of … More Christianity Lecture 6: The Gospel according to John
Today’s lecture on the synoptic gospels begins by looking briefly at the God Jesus believed in, followed by issues concerning discipleship and what discipleship means as expressed in the Gospel according to Matthew. The focus of the day, however, concerns issues of Jesus’s identity and how that identity is divulged through his trials and crucifixion. … More Christianity Lecture 5: The Synoptic Gospels Pt. III
I wrote this in response to Christian Flash Weekly’s Event 43, the prompt of which required the inclusion of “and now, may the terror of the LORD be on you. Watch what you do, for there is no injustice or partiality or taking bribes with the LORD our God” (2 Chronicles 19:7) and had to … More Ignatian Prayer
Here we wrap up our discussion of the Book of Exodus, beginning on the struggles the Israelites encounter while wandering the Sinai Peninsula and concentrating on the notion of Covenant. The discussion wraps up with a brief introduction to the remaining books of the Torah and the Age of Judges.
The second lecture on Judaism from my Introduction to Religions of the World focuses on the two creation stories from the Book of Genesis. The discussion includes the image of God in relation to how God creates, exploring the possible reasons for the two different creations stories and the changing image of God. Next lecture, … More Judaism Lecture 2: Genesis 1-3 (Creation)
My latest over at Christian Flash Weekly won Grand Champion again. The prompt is the bible passage: Miriam sang to them, ‘Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.’ Here’s what I wrote: “Water! Water!” someone screamed. And they wept. At least some of them—those … More Bitter