Category Archives: Early Church

Carr-final observations

I am finishing up David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience today. My first observation is that there are reasons to think his understanding of trauma in early Christian experience is too one-dimensional.  He emphasizes what he sees as the trauma of … Continue reading

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Carr-survival after the Jewish War

We have been reading through David M. Carr’s Holy Resilience, where he highlights the role trauma has played in Jewish and Christian history. Two more traumas mark the start of a new era for Judaism and Christianity.  The main one … Continue reading

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Carr-Paul, trauma, and zeal

David M. Carr in Holy Resilience treats Paul as the traumatized apostle. Some of his points do not convince me. He tries to suggest that Paul’s christiopanies (appearances of Christ and visions)were trauma-related. He points especially to the vision recounted … Continue reading

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Carr-trauma, atonement, and the Jesus Jews

David M. Carr, who wrote Holy Resilience, is a Christian.  More specifically he is a Quaker.  You might like to know that as we turn to the part of his book that looks at how early Christianity dealt with trauma. … Continue reading

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Anderson-3 periods

In The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel, Paul N. Anderson says there were three periods during which the Gospel of John developed within a specific community: The Palestinian Period-30 to 70 CE The First Asia Minor Period–The Johannine Community-70-85 CE … Continue reading

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Anderson-dialectical thinking

I am reading Paul N. Anderson’s The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel. The fourth gospel has been the center of controversy about the nature of God, Christ and the Trinity. Church history has seen several clashes about this. These stem … Continue reading

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The Didache-my off-the-wall idea

Today I have something to follow up on my discussion of Aaron Milavec and the Didache. It concerns the Lord’s Prayer. Milavec did not think the Lord’s Prayer meant Jesus’ prayer. He thought it meant the prayer that came from … Continue reading

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