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Monday, December 24, 2007

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Ben

What an awful intepretation of an isolated verse.

Jesus has been made into a liberal, a conservative, and everything in between. I think a compelling answer came from the neo-orthodox theologian Karl Barth, who said that Christ stands as a "No!" to all human ideologies. In fact, he stands in judgment over them all, refusing divine sanction to any.

One Christmas note: Christianity is so pervasive in our culture that we forget how scandalous the message of Christmas is: Godself, as a screaming baby, in a cattle trough, in a nowhere town, where almost no one paid any attention. There is something subversive in that image, no matter what history and the church have done with it.

Merry Christmas, Xarkers (and visitors searching for "Santa Porn."

Daniel

Ben, you are Da Man.

Janet

The "render unto Caesar" verse was used in my Catholic schooling as an example of Jesus' message about the separation of church and state, the divine and the earthly.

Daniel

Speaking of Santa Porn: More than 1,300 on Xmas Eve, more than 1,100 Xmas day.

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