In the vast literature dealing with the rise of Christianity, we find many different accounts of how this small sect of Jewish messianists arose, spread, and eventually took over the Roman Empire. However, most of these histories focus on Christianity as a group defined by a set of beliefs, or a group dedicated to the adoration of the person of Jesus Christ. While it is true that Christianity, as it arose, was certainly those things, it was also a group with its own socio-economic ideology and set of practices.
Roman Montero on May 11, 2019
Interview with Roman Montero about Jesus’s Manifesto on KBOO The Beloved Community 5/10/2019.
Reach Out on Sep 18, 2018
On last Thursday’s (9.13.18) special edition of Reach Out, we asked, “What is socialism?” In a discussion ranging from the juxtaposition of socialism and religion, cooperation vs. competition in humanity’s origins, and how class is what primarily divides people, Bill and I, along with special guest Matt Reedy, barely scratched the surface of answering that question but realized its enormity and complexity.
In modern times it may not even seem like an issue if a Christian can or cannot serve in the military, clearly Christians today and for many centuries do, so what would the issue be? On the other hand, anyone who has honestly read the gospels must recognize that the issue of violence is at the very least problematic in Jesus’s teachings. One would simply have to point to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:38–47) or the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:27–31), or his teaching on the one taking the sword dying by the sword (Matthew 26:52), to recognize that Jesus tended to reject violence.
1nemind on Oct 5, 2014
“Empty entertainment/worship sung by pretty people. Doctrinally-correct sermons devoid of power. Sunday-only Christian lives barely distinguishable from the world. All these and many more ills are symptoms of a disease Art clearly identifies in this message. It’s such a fundamental thing, our understanding of the cross. It’s an indictment of our lives and the current impotence of the church. In the final analysis, unless we know Christ and Him crucified, our knowledge of God will be false.”
Updated: Feb. 23, 2018
I recently did an interview with Stephen Bedard on the History of Christianity podcast, also on youtube about my book All Things in Common: The Economic Practices of the Early Christians. I hope you enjoy it.
Probably the most famous parable by Jesus is the parable of the speck in your brother’s eye as opposed to the beam in your eye. Often this parable is taken to simply be about not being a hypocrite and not being personally judgmental against other individuals. However, this saying was not only used by Jesus and the early Christians, it was also a saying within rabbinic Judaism—seeing how they used it can shed some light on what Jesus meant with it. The saying is recorded the sermon on the plain in Luke 6:41–42: