We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Recommended Viewing: N. T. Wright

Earlier this year, Dr. N. T. Wright, well-known biblical scholar, delivered a lecture at Calvin College entitled, "How God Became King: Why We've All Misunderstood the Gospels."  The lecture lasts for one hour, and readers can view it (here) and read a brief synopsis of it (here).  Wright does an excellent job of putting the four gospels' portraits of Christ into their original context, and in the process he argues that scholars and church folks of all stripes pretty much miss the original point those portraits.  They fail to see the historical and political realities of the actual Jesus of Nazareth.  Wright is a good public speaker and delivers a persuasive presentation of his views.  It is worth the time.