The law of unintended consequences: often our actions have effects that we do not anticipate and do not intend. This applies also to faith.
About Bernard Brandon Scott
Bernard Brandon Scott is the author and editor of many books, including The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge and The Trouble with Resurrection. A charter member of the Jesus Seminar, he is chair of Westar’s newly established Christianity Seminar. Learn more here.
Entries by Bernard Brandon Scott
The weeks after Easter bring many reflections on the meaning of Easter. As one who wrote a book about resurrection (The Trouble with Resurrection), I am often amused at what folks assume Easter means in the New Testament. I despair of the New Testament ever getting a fair and honest reading.
In my previous blog I dealt with the meaning and translation of the Greek word Christianos, traditionally translated “Christian,” arguing that this translation was not only problematic but fundamentally misleading.
As the Christianity Seminar comes to the end of its project (the last seminar meeting is scheduled for Spring 2020), various loose ends are starting to form patterns in suggestive and interesting ways. This blog is not a review or summary of the fine papers presented to the Seminar but reflections on a couple of [...]
Greg Gutfeld’s recent comments on Fox News in which he compared Bret Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to the crucifixion of Christ continues a long tradition of blaming a mob to mask the true perpetrators of a crime. His allegorical mash-up has a dark history.
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