Roman Empire

Race-ing Toward Nicea part 2: Constantine, DuBois, & Lynching

April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

                                                                                                                                    Whither, Eusebius of Caesarea? For part one see: Race-ing Towards Nicea part 1: The Incarnation I am continuing to wrestle with Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom. Simultaneously I am working through James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree and today I would like to present a potential inter-textual reading […]

Clement on Romans 8:38 & 39

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

It is inevitable, then, that those who confess themselves to belong to Christ, but find themselves in the midst of the devil’s works, suffer the most hostile treatment. For it is written, ‘ Lest he deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officers of Satan’s kingdom.’ [Luke 11:17-19] ‘For I am persuaded that neither death,’ through the assault of persecutors, ‘ nor life’ in this world, ‘nor angels.’ the apostate ones, ‘nor powers’ (and Satan’s powers is the life which he chose, for such are the powers and principalities of darkness belonging to him), ‘nor things present,’ amid which we exist during the time of life, as the hope entertained by the soldier and the merchant’s gain, ‘nor height, nor […]

If White Supremacy Is God, Count Me as an Atheist: Religion & the #GeorgeZimmerman trial

July 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”- Ephesians 6:12, NRSV   “Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life.”- John 11:25 NRSV Today, I would like to do a thorough theological examination of the religion, race, and the Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman trial. I would like to start briefly with a story, an encounter that happened to me in church just two days ago. It all starts really July 14th, the Sunday after George Zimmerman was acquitted for murder. In solidarity with the #MillionHoodies movement, and a protest against white supremacy and […]

Emperor Constantine And the Conservative Case For Reparations

March 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

One really doesn’t have to go far to see what political talking heads have done with the issue of reparations for enslaving Africans, making it a race-baiting issue, since no one is talking about it but idjits like Rush Limbaugh. I mean when I was in undergrad, and I did research on the issue to find out what people were saying, there was literally a dearth of resources on both sides about reparations and African enslavement. Maybe perhaps some people want to move on from the Civil War but certain unnamed PaleoConfederates keep bringing it up? Any how, I am reading Peter Leithart‘s rereading of Emperor Constantine’s history and impact, Defending Constantine. At church, when I introduced a few ideas from this book, I was […]

The Bible, Homosexuality, and Christianity: How We Read and Interpret Scripture

January 28, 2013 // 6 Comments

This is the Eighth post in a series. I highly encourage that you read those previous posts before reading this one. The preface is here. The guidelines are here. A discussion of relevant Hebrew Bible texts is here. A study of Romans 1:26-27 is here. A Study of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10 can be found here. A discussion about marriage in the Bible is here. A few notes about gender in the Bible can be found here. The issues in this post are more important and far reaching than the last 7 combined. And the discussion has much farther reaching implications as well. Boiled down, what we discuss today is the big reason why discussions (or lack thereof) around homosexual practice tend to be so divisive in many churches. […]

Holiday Harassment: Christmas pt. 2: Christian Origins

December 10, 2012 // 2 Comments

This is the first is a 3 part series. Part 1: Pagan origins of Christmas, Part 2: Christian origins of Christmas, and Part 3: Santa Claus and his Ilk. In part 1, I discussed the pagan origins of Christmas. However, that is not the whole story. Christmas, in its current form, did not simply spring up or evolve from just one source, Christian, pagan or otherwise. Therefore, in the interest of fairness, here are the Christian origins of Christmas. December 25 In the last post, I mentioned how Dies Natalis Solis Invicti was the reason that Christmas is celebrated on December 25. Well, that isn’t the whole story. While it is true that the celebration of the Sun (or Sun God) was celebrated on this day, […]

The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife: History & Why Our Forgeries Are Sacred

September 24, 2012 // 3 Comments

I just wanted to do a follow up post to my earlier reflection The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife:The Two Best Responses. I am grateful to have friends like JK Gayle (IRL & Online) who understood the point I was trying to make, see J.K.’s Jesus Speaks of his wife now that she’s a fake at BLT Blog. JK in the comments section of that post summed up what I was trying to say quite nicely, if I say so myself: “But disciples especially religious ones (not just Protestants) have their own histories to justify by their texts. The passion in the arguments tends to line up precisely with the power at stake for the arguers. What I’m suggesting is the fervency of the rhetoric coincides […]

Good News For Wealthy Alone: Mosala's Postcolonial Reading of Luke 1 & 2

May 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

In Itumeleng Mosala’s Biblical Hermeneutics and Black Theology in South Africa, the author challenge the Christian  appropriation of the Lukan narrative as being for the oppressed and outsiders.  His critique is geared toward liberation theologians such as James Cone and Allan Boesak, but many others understand, particularly a few womanists and feminists, the Lukan birth narratives as emancipatory. First, in Luke 1:1-4, Mosala suggests that the intended audience is a dead giveaway at the outset. “Theophilus, his excellency” as the person whom the letter is intended means that Luke’s Gospel is for the elite, ruling class (174). Mosala also suggests that it is no coincidence that in Luke’s narrative, Roman and Gentile rulers are lifted up because, if historians are correct, and Luke was written […]

The Parable-Driven Life: The Parable(s) of the Fig Tree(s) Judges 9:10-11 & Luke 13:1-9

November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

JUDGING THE HEBREW BIBLE INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT Judges 9:1-15: The Reign Forest A young general, (whose name meant my father is monarch), who was son of a man nicknamed ‘Byelobog Will Defend Himself’, stood before the political elites of a farm town in Eastern Europe and asked, “Is it not better to have one military dictator over you rather than all seventy of my half-brothers? Let us covenant together since we are from the same village.”  The townspeople received word about what was the general wanted to happen from their town leaders.  Seventy Euros were taken out of the village’s large famous cathedral in order to hire hitmen to got with the general to take out the seventy.  The seventy brothers were gathered together, […]

Clement Of Alexandria on Women: A few more thoughts

July 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

Sunday, Michael Bird posted on Clement of Alexandria’s views on women and concluded that Clement “does have a view of “equality” in the spiritual sphere and especially in martyrdom that stands out against Graeco-Roman views of women as ontologically inferior” although saying he would or does support women’s ordination would be a stretch. Personally, given that I have studied Clement for about a year now, Bird is essentially right. However, I do notthink  that the ordination of women was a pressing issue in second century Roman Egypt.  In fact, since liberation looks differently in each era (it is contextual), it would be suffice to say that given Clement’s historical context, Clement was for women’s liberty in Christ.  A concrete example was the fact that Roman […]

Athanasius on the Empire of God

September 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

3. And like when a great king has entered into some large city and taken up his abode in one of the houses there, such a city at all events held worthy of high honor, nor does any enemy or bandit any longer descend upon it and subject it; but, on the contrary, it is thought entitled to all care, because of the king’s having taken up his residence in a single house thee: so too, it has been with the Monarch of all. Athanasius, On The Incarnation, IX, 3. 1. For if a king, having founded a house or a city, if it be beset by bandits from the carelessness of its inmates, does not by any means neglect it, but avenges and reclaims […]