Reaching the World

If any thinking person today were asked to name “the Queen of the sciences”, odds are they would name biology, since it offers the promise of long and healthy life. Or perhaps they would name physics, as the science likely to find the answer to the problem of global warming. Or the more romantically visionary might name astro-physics, as holding out the hope of eventually taking the human race to other planets…

Re-discovering Mary

The Mother of Jesus is without dispute or serious rival the most famous woman in human history. This being so, it seems odd to speak of the need to re-discover her. Surely the most famous woman in history could hardly get lost? But that, I would argue, is just what happened to her, at least here in the West. The Mary with whom we have to do was a Jew in first…

Did God Really Order a Genocide?

Every once in a while a detractor of the Christian faith objects that Christianity is ethically bankrupt because Christians worship a deity who ordered a genocide of all the inhabitants of Canaan when the Israelites entered the land under the leadership of Joshua. They can certainly quote enough texts in arguing their case. Deuteronomy 20:16-17 says, “In the cities of the nations that the Lord your God is giving you as an…

Biblical Women: Esther

If ever a Biblical story cried out to be made into a Hollywood movie, it would be the story of Esther. The story has everything that Hollywood values in a movie: rags-to-riches, gorgeous scenery, sex, intrigue, a creepy villain, attempted murder, violence, plot twists, a cast of thousands, and a happy ending. It even centers upon a strong female character, a kind of proto-feminist, someone who is both strong and feminine, vulnerable…

They Are A-Changin’

Lately when listening to that old 1960s anthem “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan, I couldn’t help but think of (believe it or not) Eusebius of Caesarea. In particular I thought that this was exactly the sort of song he was singing in his writings and panegyrics about Constantine. Eusebius was a great fan of his emperor, and something of a herald for the new age which was then dawning.…

Biblical Women: Ruth

The Book of Ruth, a little tale of only four chapters, is arguably the sweetest book of the Bible and perhaps in all literature. Its sweetness is accentuated by its position within order of the books of the Septuagint and of the Christian versions dependent upon it, for there it comes immediately after the Book of Judges and immediately before the Book of 1 Samuel/ 1 Kingdoms. The Book of Judges is…