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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Greetings from the Flaming O

I am here.




Since 1985 scholars have been searching for that elusive Jesus at the Flaming O.


This is the 25th anniversary of the quest.





If it weren't for the insights and honesty of these scholars, I doubt I could hang in there at all with Christianity.

For me, this is a credible Jesus. A real human being.

Tomorrow, Bernard Brandon Scott, one of the original fellows of the seminar who has probably written the best book on the parables in the English language (Hear Then the Parable) will start us off with a rousing discussion of resurrection.

Of course, you know that we have Brandon Scott and Arthur Dewey coming to Elizabethton
October 29 and 30.

You can't get better Jesus than this.





Even if you put him on toast.






Get your Jesus on and

Here is the blurb for Brandon Scott's presentation:
Where did the resurrection come from?
Bernard Brandon Scott

Resurrection did not just happen, it emerged. It began with early Christians who searched the Jewish tradition for models to make sense of their conviction that Jesus was still alive. The first evidence for their experience of the risen Jesus comes from the letters of Paul and the Q-Gospel. Working from his new book, The Trouble with Resurrection, Brandon Scott will explore the emergence of the resurrection from the earliest pre-70 ad witnesses to the very different stories of the resurrection in John 20 and 21, which have dominated art and Christian views of the resurrection ever since.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Then tomorrow evening, Lane Mcgaughy will offer
A Short History of the Jesus Seminar

What led Bob Funk to launch the Jesus Seminar in 1985? What were its aims and accomplishments? How has the Jesus Seminar impacted scholarship and public discourse about the historical Jesus? This presentation will locate the Jesus Seminar in the context of contemporary cultural movements and illuminate the scholarly dynamics of the project. For newcomers and veterans interested in a firsthand version of what happened and why.
Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
I am going try to update you about the goings on through the week. I may even tweet the darn thing at #westar25




Tomorrow I'll show you what is behind this door...
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