Adventure in Paradise and the Power of Peaceful Activism

I enjoyed listening to this song by Michael Bernard Beckwith as I find it upbeat and uplifting. His song title “Adventure in Paradise” reminds me of Jesus’ words to the thief on the cross “Today, you shall be with me in paradise”, and I thought he could very well mean in the spiritual sense that…

An archetype of the scapegoat

This picture of the sacrificial lamb is a cogent symbolic representation of a scapegoat. According to the articles on Rene Girard’s theory of violence, religion and the scapegoat that I have read, the issue of scapegoating has been going on throughout human history. I am reflecting that it is somewhat ironic that the christian institutional…

Drew Sumrall – The Impractical Christ

I have listened to the first part of this video series in which Drew shared that our relationship with Jesus is only authentic when it is born out of true love, and he added that we abandon our faith in Christ when we are obsessed with outcomes in life since true faith in God isn’t…

Thoughts on 13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves

I think this thought-provoking article underscores the fact that Christianity, or any other faith or belief system, ultimately is a matter of personal choice that involves open and honest questioning about why one believes the way one believes. It involves being willing to embrace doubts and uncertainties, and staying open to possibilities and perspectives, instead…

Thoughts on Book Review: ‘Rob Bell and a New American Christianity’

Here’s sharing some thoughts on this review article on the book entitled “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity” by James Wellman. I learnt from another article that James Wellman is associate professor of American religion in the Jackson School of International Studies. It is refreshing to see there are people in America, such as…

Thoughts on “A better atonement: the last scapegoat”

I have read the article “A better atonement: the last scapegoat” and the in-depth discussions that follow. I noted that Rene Girard has sought to explain the mindset of ancient people who subscribe to the scapegoat mentality as a foundation of their archaic religion, in terms of fulfilling their mimetic desire, which is “Human beings…

Exploring perspectives on why Jesus became the perfect scapegoat

Could it be that the death of Jesus was meant to rescue humankind from destroying themselves and one another as well as preventing them from destroying animals by becoming the perfect scapegoat himself – the scapegoat that the human communities had always been looking for? Isn’t that what the book of Hebrews says – that…