The Tensions Between Faith and History

tension between faith and history

Can Christian faith be reconciled with an historical approach to Jesus and the Bible?

Harold W. Attridge:
The Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament Yale Divinity Schoo

How as a scholar and a historian do you reconcile studying the Bible in a rationalist way with your Christian faith?

I suppose it’s an important part of my theological commitment that I believe that Jesus was divine in some way, but that it was Jesus who was divine. It was a human being who was divine. And that the tradition of Christianity insists very strongly on the full humanity of Jesus. And so, if I’m to understand my faith as a Christian, Continue reading

How Religion Poisons Everything: Christopher Hitchens

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything is a 2007 book by the author and journalist Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens contends that organised religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children” and sectarian, and that accordingly it “ought to have a great deal on its conscience.” Continue reading

What is Ideology?

An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that constitute one’s goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology is a comprehensive vision, a way of looking at things (compare worldview) as in several philosophical tendencies Continue reading

Butterfly McQueen: The great Atheist

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Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen in Affectionately Yours (1941)

Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen (January 7, 1911 – December 22, 1995) was an American actress. Originally a dancer, McQueen first appeared as Prissy, Scarlett O’Hara’s maid in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. She continued as an actress in film in the 1940s, then moving to television acting in the 1950s. Continue reading

Activism

Activism

What do we think when we hear the word activism? Maybe we immediately think of somebody with their fist in the air, defiantly persisting against something. Maybe we think of protestors and demonstrators visibly making their point. Maybe we think of angry people, better yet angry Indians, with loud drums. Maybe we think of the Zapatistas or the Republic of Lakotah. Whatever we consider activism, we are well advised to consider it with an open mind. Continue reading