Public Notes

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  • Jim shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    I do not think it possible to “begin with the Bible.” We always begin with our own hermeneutical assumptions. Always. No exceptions. A human being cannot escape her/his own hermeneutical horizon. You are encased in it, just as you are encased in your own skin. There’s no escape.
    Note: I picked up Tony Jones' latest book this afternoon. A pretty quick (and, so far, excellent) read.
  • Jim shared from Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years by John Philip Jenkins
    The Christian world could only know peace when government was definitively removed from the business of making and enforcing religious orthodoxy, after which competing churches could coexist happily under a regime that despised its subjects impartially.
  • Jim shared from The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
    The brain was physical meat, but out of the billions of energy pulses emerged spirit and soul. There must be some supreme creative energy, he thought, that can take love and turn it into synapses and then take a population of synapses and turn it into love. The hand of God must be there.
  • Jim shared from The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
    The general view on Grace’s campaign was that the people running the other campaign were uniquely evil and devilishly clever. The people in Grace’s camp believed that their side was riven with internal disputes (because of their superior intellects and independence of mind), whereas the other side marched with totalitarian unity and precision (because of their clonelike conformity). Their side was thoughtful but fractious, while the other side was mindless but disciplined.
    Note: This is such a great description of politics no matter your ideology.
  • Jim shared from The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing and Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community by Tony Jones
    Since they have no membership, the people under the umbrell a of this term are difficult to single out. And because they cross denominational lines and some are still involved in more conventional churches, they don’t all meet together at the same time and in the same place. “What we share is a deep, soulful commitment to each other and to a fellowship beyond the walls of institutional church structures,” Frank says. “We are sometimes viewed with suspicion by others because we refuse to stay within the boundaries of a particular church hierarchy. We are, in that sense, an organic structure...
    Note: This makes me miss my "home group" in NY.