Theological claims are not open, as far as I can tell, to any empirical test. Belief is not like sudoku; it is like love.
Thanks to Chris Keith and Anthony Le Donne for making this happen, and for their encouragement and friendship. If you’re interested in what I do here, then you should read Anthony and Chris regularly over at The Jesus Blog. It’s free. Wish I could say the same for their books.
I apologize for not posting for so long. Sometimes I get stuck in something I want to say, and I have to kick it around for weeks before I find the way I want to say it. I admire someone like Bart Ehrman who can write a book, a chapter a day, about 14,000 words a chapter, following this basic plan (membership on Ehrman’s site is required to view this link):
So basically the way it’s working is that I get up at 6:30, walk the dog and feed the cats (I’m sure you’re interested…), read some Latin (I’m working through Livy book 1 just for fun), read some Hebrew (going through 1 Samuel), and be ready to start writing by 9:00. I then more or less go into a trance and work for about 7 or 8 hours. If I’m done soon enough, I get in a work out, take a steam bath, have an early dinner, read a bit of a novel, and go to bed really early, enough to get 8 ½ hours of sleep – which I need if I’m going to write again the next day.
I’d like to write as productively as Ehrman, but I can’t follow his plan. For one thing, I cannot read Latin.
In any event, I’m working on a series of posts about the so-called “Jesus Stomp” incident. This is a challenging topic to write about in (what I hope will be) a meaningful way, but I hope to get the first post up before the weekend.
In the meantime, I’d like to get your reactions to something currently going on in Berlin. I should mention that my father was born in Berlin in 1927, and that he escaped there in 1937. Many of my German relatives were not so lucky. Berlin is a city with great meaning for me.
Here’s what’s going on in Berlin that caught my eye: the “Jew in the Box” exhibit at Berlin’s Jewish Museum.