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The Cheap Value of Life under Communism

From the Gulag Archipelago: The interrogators had neither voice nor strength left to threaten and torture; they had one universal method: feed the prisoners nothing but salty food and give them no water.  Whoever coughed up gold got water!  One … Continue reading

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pagels on the tension between paul and james

Noted scholar Elaine Pagels points out the tension between the teachings of Paul and the teachings of James and the Twelve: Paul’s impassioned preaching soon attracted a considerable following of Gentiles in the Syrian city of Antioch, but it also … Continue reading

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Fracking Primer

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N.T. Wright Interprets “Flesh” for Everyone

Originally posted on New Leaven:
In two recent posts, we explored the meaning of sarx (“flesh” in ESV, NRSV, and “sinful nature” in T/NIV and NLT) as used by Paul.  We even had Wayne Leman, a professional linguist and translator of…

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A Warlord Messiah

Found in The The Son Of God scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls: Column 1 (1) [the king. And when the Spirit] came to rest upo[n] him, he fell before the throne. (2) [Then Daniel arose and said,] ‘0 Wing, … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad on Starvation

“No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, disgust simply does not exist where hunger is; and as to superstition, beliefs, and what you may call principles, they are less than chaff in a breeze. … Continue reading

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early hermetic mysticism

From a second or third century text of Hermes Trismegistus: “If then you do not make yourself equal to God, you cannot apprehend God; for like is known by like. Leap clear of all that is corporeal, and make yourself … Continue reading

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