Behemoth and Leviathan

I found this image of Behemoth and Leviathan on DeviantArt by a person calling themselves PutridusCor, which seems to be the moniker for a guy named Aidan in Canada. Behemoth and Leviathan are two enigmatic animals mentioned in the Old Testament book of Job. Some equate Behemoth and Leviathan with a hippopotamus and a crocodile respectively, othersContinue reading “Behemoth and Leviathan”

Jesus of Nazareth: Lightning Thief

Who said theology needed to be dry? Last weekend I found myself in a conversation with my sons about the Greek gods and the ancient Christians. You see, my pre-teen sons are both into the Percy Jackson books and movies this year, and for the uninitiated Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, the GreekContinue reading “Jesus of Nazareth: Lightning Thief”

Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?

Genesis has been on my mind this weekend, so I thought I would cite a few passages from “Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament,” the infamous book by Peter Enns, which I happen to really enjoy. What I like about Inspiration and Incarnation is that it moves beyond the entrenchedContinue reading “Genesis: An Authoritative Myth?”

Respecting Strange Gods

How should Christians engage with the gods and goddesses of alternative religious movements? Obviously, since we affirm YHWH as the one true God and Jesus as the one true incarnation of God, the worship of other gods and goddesses is always going to be a problematic issue for us. But does that give Christians licenceContinue reading “Respecting Strange Gods”

Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey

Why is Joseph Campbell important? For those of you not familiar with him, Joseph Campbell was an American mythology professor, writer, and speaker, best known for his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The journey of the hero, what he called the monomyth, figured prominently in Campbell’s comparative studies, and his writings on theContinue reading “Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey”

Faith as an Alien Realm

Interesting interview going on with Douglas Cowan on Sacred Terror at TheoFantastique (see part I and II). That gives me a wonderful pretext for posting this beauty entitled “Jesus is a Fucking Alien.” Not a sentiment I share with the artist obviously but certainly a raw comment on how many experience Christianity, Christ and Christians.Continue reading “Faith as an Alien Realm”

YHWH as god of earth and sea

One criticism that has been levelled against Christianity fairly consistently by the earth religions is that YHWH is a sky god who distances himself from the earth. It’s one of the glaring unpaid bills of the church that few Christians even try responding to this. Many from NeoCalvinist and Dispensationalist traditions would probably even agreeContinue reading “YHWH as god of earth and sea”

Mythology, Aussie Style

In his article “Junkies, thieves, idiots and depressives” David Dale explores what makes Australian culture and mythology distinctive, and what make foreign imports unpalatable. Apparently the film-makers of Australia have taken to heart the theme song of Mad Max 3: “We don’t need another hero; We don’t need to know the way home.” They seemContinue reading “Mythology, Aussie Style”

Journeys through the Netherworlds

It has belatedly occurred to me that there are a few other works I should mention in connection with the world tree and axial mountain archetypes and germanic mythology. First up: The Divine Comedy by Dante. Written back in the fourteenth century, The Divine Comedy describes Dante’s journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and ParadiseContinue reading “Journeys through the Netherworlds”