On God and Justice, Part Two

In "On God an Justice, Part One," I talked about the first lesson I learned from Dr. J.D. Crossan, biblical scholar extraordinaire (and extraordinarily controversial). The second lesson: 2)What sped the growth of Christianity was not the truth of Jesus's Resurrection, but the radicality of the equality which characterized the early church. First: No. That …

Jesus and the Outsider

The story in Luke 7:1-10 is one of many in which Jesus encounters the "Other": someone outside of his religious sect, outside of his cultural milieu, different in nearly every way. In the seventh chaper, Luke weaves a tale of a Roman soldier who asks Jesus to heal his slave. Immediately, Jesus declares the slave …