If you’ve followed my writing at all over the past five years, then you’re probably aware that I started this blog with a desire to cultivate an open journal about my relatively unique spiritual journey as a liberal Christian. Over time, I’ve written quite a bit here, including the popular series that I wrote about (the… Read More »
I lead a religion book club that has been very enthusiastically reading The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Princeton professor Elaine Pagels. Using what she calls “a social history of Satan,” Dr. Pagels explains how gospel authors intensified “the satan’s” relatively benign Hebrew Bible character to create the being… Read More »
It occurred to me that we do indeed think of the Bible as something that has been “given” to us by God, when we should think of the Bible as a collection of texts to which we’ve given numerous interpretations throughout history. We think of the Bible as something that has given us a specific narrative about the world, without acknowledging that we are, in fact, the ones who assign and propagate biblical narratives.