Evidence for Christ from non-Christians

Surprising as it may be for some, there is actually quite a bit of historical evidence for Jesus from non-Christian sources. This is the best kind of evidence as if anything it is biased against Christianity, rather than for it, the writers having no vested interest in proving the historicity of Jesus.   Evidence from … Continue reading Evidence for Christ from non-Christians

The Gemini twins in the Bible

Castor and Pollux were twin half-brothers in Greek and Roman mythology, known together as the Dioskouroi. They were sons of Leda by two different fathers. Castor was the mortal son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, while Pollux was the divine son of Zeus. When Castor was killed, Pollux asked Zeus to let him share … Continue reading The Gemini twins in the Bible

Illustrating the microcosm and macrocosm

Between 1617 and 1621 the English physician and polymath Robert Fludd published his History of the Two Worlds (Utriusque Cosmi), a book split into two volumes and packed with over sixty intricate engravings. The two worlds in question are the microcosm of human existence and the macrocosm of the universe, which includes the spiritual realm … Continue reading Illustrating the microcosm and macrocosm

The Fiery Ones (Seraphim)

The Hebrew word saraph / seraphim appears three times in the Torah (Numbers 21:6, 21:8, Deuteronomy 8:15) and four times in the Book of Isaiah (6:2, 6:6, 14:29, 30:6). In most of these passages the word simply refers to “fiery” snakes, “fiery” possibly referring to the burning effect of poison. But in Isaiah 6:2 and … Continue reading The Fiery Ones (Seraphim)

Biblical tales of corruption

One of the problems with reading the bible in a flat manner is that huge chunks of it seems to be there for the sole purpose of establishing the perverseness and pervasiveness of sin, and consequently, of the need for salvation. Consider the narratives. There is little that is redeeming in the accounts of Cain … Continue reading Biblical tales of corruption

Reassurance in the face of corrupt leaders

I find it’s important to keep reminding myself of the good news, that the kingdoms of this world, with all their lies, and exploitation, and violence, will not have the last word. That the kingdom of God will. And that it is already making its presence felt in myriad ways. So as frustrating as it … Continue reading Reassurance in the face of corrupt leaders

The tenderness and toughness of Jesus

It is not uncommon for people to have a very lopsided view of Jesus (and consequently God). Some see only his tenderness. Others see only his toughness. The written accounts we have though suggest Jesus was both. Tender on the downtrodden. Tough on those doing the treading. Tender on the humble. Tough on the proud. … Continue reading The tenderness and toughness of Jesus

Suffering is not always a consequence of personal sin

Suffering is a consequence of sin, but it is not always a consequence of personal sin. If this were not so it would be impossible to reconcile the sinlessness of Jesus with the suffering of Jesus. He suffered for his righteousness, not for any sin on his part. So too with Job. Indeed the entire … Continue reading Suffering is not always a consequence of personal sin

The Grimoire of Armadel

Of all the old grimoires of ceremonial magic I have read, the Grimoire of Armadel strikes me as the most Christian influenced. By way of example, consider this preparatory instruction: Before invoking the Spirits it is necessary to make a (Magical) Circle, and place thyself in the midst thereof after having sprinkled the same with … Continue reading The Grimoire of Armadel

Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham

Robert Boyle—a seventeenth-century scientist who also was a theologian and a devout Christian—refuted the idea that blackness was caused by the curse of Ham, in his book Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours (1664). He wrote: "And not only we do not find expressed in the Scripture, that the Curse meant by Noah to Cham, was … Continue reading Refuting racist misreadings of the Curse of Ham