Review: ‘Jesus: First Century Rabbi’


Jesus: First Century Rabbi

Rabbi David Zaslow, Joseph A. Lieberman

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A Radical Pagan Pope?


Last week, Pope Francis’ much-anticipated environmental encyclical was published. As was expected, the Pope acknowledged the “human origins of the ecological crisis” (¶ 101), specifically that global warming is mostly due to the concentration of greenhouse gases which are released “mainly” as a result of human activity (¶ 23). And he called for the progressive replacement “without delay” of technologies that use fossil fuels. (¶ 165)

The Pope and small-p “paganism”

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Even before Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical was published, critics were calling the Pope a “pagan”. This isn’t all that surprising given how the religious right has always accused environmentalists of “paganism”. And indeed there are some similarities between the Pope’s statement and contemporary Pagan discourse. For example, in the encyclical, the Pope personifies the earth, calling the the earth “Sister” (¶¶ 1, 2, 53) and “Mother” (¶¶ 1, 92). However, this language is drawn from…

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The South Lincolnshire Regiment at Waterloo


I started writing this first thing this morning but anxiety got in the way of concentration. I did some reading – nothing serious – and some sewing instead. Continue reading “The South Lincolnshire Regiment at Waterloo”

From one anniversary to the next

Yesterday it was the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. In Lincoln a giant effigy of King John was carried to the castle. Today, however there is another anniversary.
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