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Tribal Religion, Transcendent Religion

There is a story about a Christian minister living abroad during World War II. His congregation sends him money so that he can return home for Christmas. When he doesn’t come back, they ask him why. He says that he used the money to help a group of Jews escape Hitler’s death camps and flee to safety.”But they’re not even Christian,” writes one member of his congregation.”Yes, I know,” the minister responds. “But I am.”

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Topics: Interfaith Issues & Dialogue. Resource Types: Articles.

Murder on the Subcontinent

Washington Post, On Faith. The essence of India is pluralism, the idea of different communities retaining their uniqueness while relating in a way that recognizes they share universal values. More than two thousand years ago, the Indian emperor Ashoka, a Buddhist, said, "Other sects should be duly honored in every way on all occasions." The great poet and contemporary of Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote, that the "idea of India" itself militates "against the intense consciousness of the separateness of one's own people from others."

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Topics: Interfaith Issues & Dialogue. 8 Points: Point 2: Pluralism. Resource Types: Articles.

The Truth About the Historical Jesus? — Part 1

This article claims that Jesus started out his ministry as a wisdom sage. When John the Baptizer was murdered, Jesus’ self-understanding changed to that of an end-time prophet.

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Did Wealthy Women Originally Found the Community Responsible for the “Fourth Gospel”?

Let us take seriously Luke’s account (Luke 8:2-3) of who the important women followers of Jesus were!

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Topics: Gender and Sexuality and Jesus Studies. Texts: John. Resource Types: Articles.

Who is the Beloved Disciple of the Fourth Gospel?

Was Mary Magdalene the first Christian, Gnostic-like women leader? Is she, in fact, the founder of Christian Gnosticism? This article explores more clues indicating that the Beloved Disciple was Mary Magdalene.

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Did the Apostle Thomas Make an Independent Stand Becoming Jesus’ only Buddha-like Missionary?

This article asks Progressive Christians to read and reflect on the Gospel of Thomas found in 1945. Undoubtedly, one of the legends having the most historical truth to back it up is that Thomas was the first to scatter. It is said he was entrusted very early on with the mission to the East. First, he went north-east into Syria. Then he proceeded to Iraq. Next, he sailed out of the Persian Gulf arriving in India in 52 A.D. Along the way, he founded places of Buddhist-like study in Jesus’ name.Please send comments to gm.jm@sympatico.ca

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Topics: Jesus Studies. Resource Types: Articles.

The Magic of Christmas

Recently as my wife and I were having a quiet dinner with some friends and found ourselves going through something that seems to have become an annual ritual. It always starts with someone announcing, “Can you believe it? Christmas is only X days away!” And in chorus the rest of us go, “your kidding! How did that happen?” We have other little ditties that we sing like, “It seems like it was only a few months ago we were celebrating Easter.” Or, “But I just put the Christmas decorations away from last year” Then for the closing song we always sing rather sadly, “It comes faster and faster every year.” As the evening progressed someone wistfully asked, ” I wonder if we can every capture the magic of Christmas again?” I have thought a lot about that over the last few years. I wondered if there ever was “the magic of Christmas” that has been shared in common with others over the years…

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Resource Types: Articles.

I Have Lost the War

Yesterday, as I sometimes do when I need amusement, I went online to read my horoscope for today. The words leaped off the page at me, “The long, exhausting battle is over, and you have lost the war” I immediately burst into deep sobs of both sorrow and relief. Those words struck a chord of truth deep in me…I felt like a kid standing on the football field after the lights have gone out and his team has lost the big game. He still holds the football in his hand and believes he’s just one more touchdown away from a winning game.

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The Gospel of Thomas and the Kingdom of God

The Gospel of Thomas is part of the Nag Hammadi library and has some valuable insights about the Kingdom of God.

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Open Response to Marcus Borg’s Article: “Just Ways to Repair an Unjust War”

This article seeks further dialogue with Marcus Borg and others, as to Jesus' thinking about war. As with all my articles, please submit your open responses, or private e-mails to John at: gm.jm@sympatico.ca

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IS THE CHRISTIAN RIGHT “RIGHT”?

This article explores the issue of the parallels between the religious leaders of Jesus day and the currrent beliefs and behavior of the Christain Right.

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Is it Time for a New Perspective on the Historical Jesus?

In this article, the author suggests that poetic thinkers like Jesus and William Blake are capable of holding contradictory views and ideas in mind simultaneously, without being perceived as mentally disturbed by interested others. And that this perspective opens a door to a better perception of the historical Jesus.

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Let Your Light Shine!

In celebration and commemoration of TCPC's partnering with the Jesus Seminar to encourage the movement of Progressive Christianity through education, here is an article about letting our light shine! by John Mitrosky

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Towards a Post-Metaphysical Theology

Towards a Post-Metaphysical Theology: The Paradoxical Teachings of Jesus This paper is a summary of my recently completed doctoral thesis: "The Structure of the Real: Paradox, Post-metaphysics and the Teachings of Jesus"Dr. Cameron FreemanIntegral InstitutePhone: 303-248-6525E-mail: free0042@gmail.com

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Giving Thanks as a Life Changing Dynamic

Jesus was not born into a privileged life. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth and did not live under easy circumstances. But he still lived in gratitude. In fact he made giving thanks for life a foundational dynamic of his teaching. He seemed surprised by other people's inability to live happy, fulfilling lives with little or no gratitude. "Why do you worry so much about what you eat, what you wear?"

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Topics: Jesus Studies and Theology & Religious Education. Texts: Luke. Resource Types: Articles.

Response to the God Question- A Word to the Spiritual Seekers

Have you done much thinking "outside of the box?" We are being enjoined on all sides to do so. In fact the plea to "think outside of the box" has become such a cliche that it has lost most of its power to startle us into thinking in new ways. But it is still a useful image.We live inside boxes, assumptions as to what is true and how things are to go. "What I believe is the only truth" and "We've always done it that way" is the hue and cry of those who are quite happy within their boxes or are afraid to peek out.

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Resource Types: Articles.

God In Disguise

So many of my relationships suffered from the not-knowing of such a truth: that absolutely everyone and everything we meet along the journey is God-in-disguise waiting to show us the way to liberation. All that separates me from remembering this universal wisdom are my own (often buried) thoughts, judgments, fears and beliefs. If I stop making up stories about other people who don't look, talk, sound or act like me, I usually find another man, woman or child who just wants to love and be loved.

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Resource Types: Articles.

Jesus Did Not Die for Us, Jesus Lived and Died for Us

In the April 1995 issue of Theology Today, theologian Murray Joseph Haar lamented what he regarded as a "rampant" sickness within the American church. He wrote, "The symptoms of this illness sound like this: 'Jesus died for my sins, His pain my gain, He died to set us free, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away my sins, I have decided to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior." With words like these, many Christians proclaim and define their faith in the efficacy of Jesus' death on their behalf. I contend that these words of faith indicate precisely the nature of the sickness at the heart of American Christianity." He calls the sickness, a "rampant, individualistic, self-serving redemptionsm." (1)The sickness continues today. The common understanding and frequent statement of many Christians is that "Jesus died for us." Standing alone, that is a distortion of the Christian faith, for it separates the life of Jesus from his death. A dramatic depiction of this separation is seen in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of The Christ. In the film the passion of Christ was almost entirely limited to his death. There was no understanding that his death was the consequence and fulfillment of the passion of his life.

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