Turin Shroud, Jesusuanity, Mapping Xenophobia, etc. (Links & Quotes)

Youth Worker resource web links.


Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary prof. reflects on the Shroud of Turin citing a Tuesday, Denver Post “story of the work of University of Colorado (Colorado Springs) physics professor, John Jackson, who argues that carbon monoxide contamination could easily skew the results of the carbon-dating of the cloth by up to 1300 years.” [N.B. I’m a skeptic on this one.]

Justin Taylor interviews Darryl Bock (NT professor, Dallas Theological Seminary) about his Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ (co-authored with Daniel B. Wallace).

Central to your book is the claim that there are two competing Jesus stories: Christianity and Jesusanity. Can you explain what you mean by these terms and how these visions differ?

Christianity is the old, well-known, biblical story that Jesus was the Messiah and came to restore a broken relationship with humanity through his work as Son of God. In other words, Jesus’ person is key to Christianity.

Jesusanity is the alternative “cultural Christianity,” where Jesus is a prophet, even a religious great, but his person is not involved in God’s program, only his teaching on how we can know God through ourselves. Thus the person of Jesus and the centrality of him in what God is doing is ignored. This is now a quite widespread claim in many TV documentaries about Jesus, especially on niche historical channels.

What are the questions you seek to address in the book?

  1. Is the New Testament text reliable? (Bart Ehrman)
  2. Does the Gospel of Judas prove alternative Christianities for the first century?
  3. Does the Gospel of Thomas give us a look at the real (and different) Jesus who merely points to God?
  4. Did Paul hijack Christianity from Jesus and James (Tabor’s The Jesus Dynasty)
  5. Did we find Jesus’ tomb at Talpiot in Jerusalem?
  6. Is Jesus’ message fundamentally one about political oppression? (Crossan and Borg, The Last Week of Jesus)

Don’t secret Gnostic gospels, such as Judas, show the existence of early alternative Christianities?



Mapping Xenephobic Attacks in South Africa – UnitedforAfrica.co.za. (The White African suggest reading this BBC article for more information and lists a couple resources for this crisis in South Africa:

Pain at the pump in Kenya: I’ve tried not to think about it, but What an African Woman thinks, spells it out for me:

I drove into a petrol station this morning and the pump price was 99.99 Kenya shillings. A litre. At the current dollar exchange rate, that means I’m paying 6.10 US dollars a gallon.

It’s just Revenge on SUV owners. (Thanks: Scot McKnight, Weekly Meanderings)

An older brain is a wiser brain – forgets things is just wise sorting. (NY Times Health, Thanks again McKnight, )

. . . older adults, because they’ve retained all this extra data, they’re now suddenly the better problem solvers. They can transfer the information they’ve soaked up from one situation to another.

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