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Gospel of John 18:31-33

ΟΙ ΙΟΥΔΑΙ… ΗΜΙ…OYΔΕΝΑ ΙΝΑ Ο Λ…ΠΕΝ ΣHΜΑΙΝΩ…ΘΝHΣΚΕΙΝ Ε…ΡΙΟΝ Ο Π…ΚΑΙ ΕΙΠ……AΙΩ…


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the Jews, “For us…anyone,” so that the w…oke signifyin..die. En…rium P…and sai…
Jews?”


Wikipedia:

Although Rylands 𝒫52is generally accepted as the earliest extant record of a canonical New Testament text,[2] the dating of the papyrus is by no means the subject of consensus among scholars. The style of the script is strongly Hadrianic, which would suggest a most probable date somewhere between 117 CE and 138 CE. But the difficulty of fixing the date of a fragment based solely on paleographic evidence allows a much wider range, potentially extending from before 100 CE past 150 CE.
The fragment of papyrus was among a group acquired on the Egyptian market in 1920 by Bernard Grenfell.[3] (The papyrus may have come surreptitiously from Oxyrhyncus.)

This tiny scrap of paper! How much ink has been spilt over this tiny bit of ink? How much human effort has gone into interpreting this fragment?

Gospel of John 18:31-33

ΟΙ ΙΟΥΔΑΙ… ΗΜΙ…
OYΔΕΝΑ ΙΝΑ Ο Λ…
ΠΕΝ ΣHΜΑΙΝΩ…
ΘΝHΣΚΕΙΝ Ε…
ΡΙΟΝ Ο Π…
ΚΑΙ ΕΙΠ…
…AΙΩ…

the Jews, “For us…
anyone,” so that the w…
oke signifyin..
die. En…
rium P…
and sai…

Jews?”

Wikipedia:

Although Rylands 𝒫52is generally accepted as the earliest extant record of a canonical New Testament text,[2] the dating of the papyrus is by no means the subject of consensus among scholars. The style of the script is strongly Hadrianic, which would suggest a most probable date somewhere between 117 CE and 138 CE. But the difficulty of fixing the date of a fragment based solely on paleographic evidence allows a much wider range, potentially extending from before 100 CE past 150 CE.

The fragment of papyrus was among a group acquired on the Egyptian market in 1920 by Bernard Grenfell.[3] (The papyrus may have come surreptitiously from Oxyrhyncus.)

This tiny scrap of paper! How much ink has been spilt over this tiny bit of ink? How much human effort has gone into interpreting this fragment?




Warning: this story is not suitable for children.

Thinking about hate. I’ve felt hatred before. And I’ve been hated. There are people I still have it out for. And there may be people who still have it out for me. I’ve been on someone’s sh*t list. I’ve been happy when someone died. I’ve maybe even been someone’s worst enemy. I still hold certain grudges.

But sometimes if you hold a grudge for long enough, the person you hate has changed. They’ve moved on with their life, past the person they were when they screwed you. Like if you wait 20, 30, 40 years to really prove your parents wrong—I’ll show you! When you’re old and weak and I’m middle-aged and strong, then we’ll see who laughs last!—by the time they get there, they may be so feeble in body or in mind that the thing you’re still mad about, they’ve totally forgotten, or could no longer conceive of doing, or now it’s like you’re going to beat up on a little old man|woman. That victorious retribution you dreamt of…can it ever be found? Likewise with their dreams of a million-dollar adventurous retirement—with their sedentary habits formed, their medical bills rising, and their bodies too feeble to adventure so much anymore—where did that go, either? Something to think about.

(Source: thisamericanlife.org)




In AD 312 a pretender to the imperial title by the name of Constantine marched from Gaul … towards Rome…. [V]ictorious … the dominion of the Roman[s] was set upon a radically new path … an imperium christianum….

[O]n the shores of the Bosphorus, what had formerly been the pagan city of Byzantium [became] a Christian capital. Constantine … mark[ed] out the street plan … guided by the figure of Christ following before him … Constantinople….

A seat of empire, to be sure — but hardly a monument to Christian humility.

The leaders of the Church were unperturbed. Scarcely able … to credit the miracle that had transformed them … from a persecuted minority into an imperial elite, they raised few eyebrows at the spectacle of their emperor’s magnificence…. [I]t struck most of them that it would be a waste of time to preach revolution. Far more meritorious … to labour at … order, not egalitarianism…. What were the saints, the angels and the archangels if not the very model of a court…? A Christian emperor … could serve not merely as Christ’s ally in the great war against evil, but as His representative on earth…. In the bejewelled and perfumed splendours of Constantinople might be glimpsed a reflection of the beauties of paradise; in the armies that marched to war against the foes of the Christian order an image of the angelic hosts.

What had once been the very proofs of the empire’s depravity — its wealth, its splendour, its terrifying military might — now seemed to mark it out as a replica of heaven.

[T]he Christ to whom Constantine and his successors compared themselves bore little resemblance to the Jesus who had died in excruciating and blood-streaked agony upon a rough-hewn cross…. [Christ] began to resemble nothing so much as a Roman emperor. Whereas the faithful had once looked to their Messiah to sit in awful judgement over Rome, now bishops publicly implored Him to turn His “heavenly weapons” against the enemies of the empire, "so that the peace of the Church might be untroubled by storms of war."

To [those] in the Church … desperate to see the imperial centre hold, the strident anti-Roman sentiments of St. John’s Revelation had long been an embarrassment. In 338, a council of bishops had sought to drop it altogether from the canon of Holy Scripture. In the East … the more prosperous half of Rome’s empire … the Book of Revelation would not be restored to the Bible for centuries.

Tom Holland, The Forge of Christendom




Then, after a religion has become a public affair, quarrels arise, to settle which watchwords are drawn up. This business gets into the hands of theologians: and the ideas of theologians always differ appreciably from those of the universal church. They swamp religion in fallacious logical disputations.

Thus, the natural tendency is to the continual drawing tighter and tighter of the narrowing bounds of doctrine, with less and less attention to the living essence of religion, until, after some symbolum quodcumque has declared that the salvation of each individual absolutely and almost exclusively depends upon his entertaining a correct metaphysics of the godhead, the vital spark of inspiration becomes finally quite extinct.

Charles Sanders Peirce
CP. 6.438 (via flaudio, matryoshhka)

 

Echoed as well by C.S.Lewis in The Abolition of Man:  Theologians ruin religion.

Jesus himself never used the word “omnibenevolent” or worried about whether God could make heavier rocks XOR lift them. Those problems arose from trying to marry Hellenic logic with the dominant religion (Christianity) centuries later.

As they say in git: Merge failed.




I don’t like how internet culture makes fun of ugly people with mullets who shop at Wal-Mart and glorifies stylish, genius or otherwise superlative New Yorkers and Californians on Instagr.am (for iPhone owners only).

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Ditto regarding the reification of wealthy angel investors saving the world through entrepreneurship and the degradation of the limp-willed failures who serve them food wearing a front-brimmed cap & collared shirt with logo.

Not that this matters to everyone, but I know which group of people Christ said would inherit the Earth.

Henry Darger was meek.




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Mark 6:25–28 in Pirahã

 

in English:

 25… give me … the head of John the Baptist.

 26And the king was exceeding sorry; yet … he would not reject her.

 27And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,

 28And brought his head … and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.




"B.C.E." is for posers. The historical abbreviation B.C.E., for "before the common era”, is supposed to institute a secular alternative to “Before Christ”. But you know what? It still indexes time by the birth of a certain well-known Nazarene Jewish prophet.

B.C.E. wishes it weren’t Christian, but has changed exactly nothing from the Christian calendar.

The Hijra took place ~622 years after the birth of Christ. So Hijri calendars demarcate “the year 2000” as 1420 A.H. The Taiju calendar started counting 104 years Before the birth of Christ. The Maya calendar and its antecedent in the Olmec religion seems to have assumed that the current creation began 3114 years before the most famous Nazarene, bearing the name of  יֵשׁוּעַ, was born. And Christ himself wouldn’t have said he was born in year 1 — he was born in 753 A.U.C., 753 years after the founding of the City of Rome (ab urbe condita) — although if asked, he would have said he was born in the year of the consulship of C Iulius Caesar & L Aemillius Paullus.

What’s so Common about the Christian Era?

Here are some secular achievements that could conceivably index human time:

  • the invention of agriculture, ~8000 B.C.
  • the domestication of dogs, ~8900 B.C.
  • the invention of writing, ~3000 B.C.
  • the founding of the first city, ~1100 B.C. (~350 )
  • the Allied defeat of Hitler, 1364 A.H. (1945 A.D.)
  • the Industrial Revolution, ~1194 A.H. (~1780 A.D.)

But you know what? We don’t use those indices. Our calendars are religious. Why paper over that fact by renaming a clearly religious demarcation with something that starts with the same letters?

Everyone knows that it’s disputed whether a guy named Yeshua was the Christ and that Christianity as a doctrine is disputed. We all agree that Christianity isn’t the only religion out there. Saying “Before Christ” simply acknowledges that Anglophonic culture has a particular history, with Christianity at its centre.


* Bonus nerd fact: Dates in the Star Wars canon are indexed by BBY and ABY — Before and After the Battle of Yavin. What was the Battle of Yavin?

It’s the battle at the end of Star Wars IV: A New Hope, where Luke flies in the channel of the (first) Death Star and shoots the small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port.




who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.

canary-inacoalmine




You know what’s f**king awesome? You can be legally blind and then people with machines make you able to see again. It used to take Jesus to do that sh*t.




They say unto him, Rabbi, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, … they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

Define ||x|| to be

In other words, unless completely perfect, one is imperfect. This is a different sort of measure than is used in assigning blame in a car crash, or in torts.

Those would take the total sum of damage and fractionally assign responsibility to each party. Allow me the licence to define the “Jesus norm” as above.

It would say that one is either responsible or not responsible.

So if I hurt you at all, I’m equally as responsible as everybody else who hurt you for making you whole again.