suffering servant, atonement, child sacrifice, virgin birth
A respectful attempt to understand what it is reasonable to believe about God, starting with a profound observation by the poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and ranging from there to Woody Allen, the virgin birth myth stemming from a mistranslation, the reliability of the Gospels as history, contemporary Jewish messianic expectations based on the Son of Man vision in Daniel and the Suffering Servant in Isaiah, an earlier messiah claiming resurrection after three days, the roots of the atonement interpretation of the crucifixion in actual child sacrifice in Israel, the Big Bang as a great cosmic bootstrap or ultimate free lunch, paranormal phenomena, the psychology of belief, the Buddha, and Les Misérables.
Pilgrim in an Ambiguous WorldInternational Journal of Agnosticism, 1:1 (14 April 2015)
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