Monthly Archives: July 2014

August 1914

I was not going to post again until August. I have been staying out of the man cave in order to do some painting, yard work and house repair. But the approach of August and a planned visit to the … Continue reading

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Johnson-the community paradigm

Today I finish my July project of reading, summarizing, and reacting to Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts. She points to three paradigms for understanding the human place in creation. First, there is the dominion paradigm. This derives from the Bible’s … Continue reading

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Demon possession and illness in ancient Babylon

This article is pretty interesting.  It describes some Babylonian ideas about disease.  They were good at describing symptoms, but had to resort to superstition in ascribing causes. The Bible obviously was caught up in the same dilemma.  The writers did … Continue reading

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Johnson-orthodoxy and enviromental activism

This blog series is about Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts, which  is a contemporary theological dialogue with Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of the Species. There are many theological attacks on Darwin from people who want to take the … Continue reading

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Johnson-cosmic redemption

I am continuing to read and reflect on Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts. When I was in seminary long ago I had to read the medieval theologian, Duns Scotus.  I had no clue what he was trying to say and … Continue reading

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Johnson-deep resurrection and some thoughts about how we know

I am reading, summarizing and commenting on Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts. Today I want to highlight two related discussions in the book. First, she connects the resurrection of Jesus to her view of the incarnation as God joining the … Continue reading

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Johnson-deep incarnation

I continue my blog series about Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Ask the Beasts. Incarnation is the Christian doctrine that, in Jesus, God became flesh (John 1:14). Some modern translations of that verse say “the word became a human being.”  Johnson wants … Continue reading

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