Installment #2 of some recently published articles over at Rappahannock Magazine
Any close reading of “Deuteronomistic” Tanach literature will show a very macho God, talking to Israel they way kings do to their vassals. The law laid out is clear-cut and non-negotiable. There are generous rewards for obedience and loyalty, but lawbreaking and “adultery” with other gods bring grave punishment. This God seems different than a Jesus who teaches mutual forgiveness and mercy, who longed to gather the children of Jerusalem together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
Why the difference?
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Installment #1 of some Rappahannock Magazine articles I’ve been meaning to link to
A religious, apocalyptic view is the modest proposal that the same God who had a prominent role in the beginning of the world will also have a prominent role in the end of the world, or at least in preventing its end. It then follows that as we come closer to that final point, God will become more and more prominent. More religion, not less of it, is the reasonable response to the increasing technology and sophistication we see. Hope, not fear, is the theme of that coming holy day.
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