An amazing teacher.

I’m hardly ever surprised anymore. It’s not that I’ve seen it all. There’s a lot of “it” that I haven’t seen, that I’d rather not see. But I have seen enough to not be much surprised by gullibility and compassionlessness and betrayal and failure and fear. So when Mark tells us that people were amazed […]

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Advent 16: Authority

I am aware of the dangers of authority, or perhaps more accurately, of authoritarianism. There is a tremendous danger in rigidity, in rejection of individuality, in rampant conformity. Religion is frequently associated with authoritarianism.  When we read in Luke 4 that the people “were amazed at his [Jesus’] teaching, for his message was with authority,” […]

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without endnotes

When I wrote my dissertation, I created endnotes. I generated pages and pages of references to the writing of other people. I pointed to places in books and articles written by other people as I tried to show that what I was saying was consistent with other people, was supported by knowledgeable people, was nothing […]

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