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January 5, 2006

Speak of the drivel

I attended an adult Sunday school for a few weeks, taught by a deacon whose real job was cracking the managerial whip someplace. His pointy stare and contortion of english syntax created previously unheard phrases to describe scripture. Asking for a definition left us even more confused. This was followed later in church service by another deacon who gave tearful first hand accounts of events by reading the minds of long-dead biblical characters. That was the last church I attended, figured I could do better on my own.

My sympathies now lie with readers who feel threatened more by robotic fundamentalists than thought. I've found some of the answers in How Christianity Went Astray and What Did Jesus Really Do?

I'm still reading Astray and may comment later. The academically acclaimed What Did Jesus Really Do? is the work of the Jesus Seminar, comprised of over a hundred biblical scholars whose life's work is the New Testament. Their mission was to determine which passages of the New Testament were statements that Jesus would have made and which were probably fictitious. Interesting approach as well as interesting to read.



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