JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN | RENDER UNTO CAESAR
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of many books, including Render Unto Caesar which we explore in this episode.
I do not consider heaven and hell to be places in the future but options in the presentJohn Dominic Crossan
Escalatory violence seems to be our drug of choice as species. we never invent a weapon that is less disastrous than the preceding one. I see we are on a collision course with our own destruction
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of justice in plain language, not punitive justice, but distributive justice; specially the downtrodden
While this may be true.
What is God’s rule?
God keeps telling me throughout the Old Testament and New Testament, Empire doesn’t work. I look at history, that seems right to me. There was never an empire that didn’t say: “We are here forever” and there never was one that didn’t go eventually. I’m getting 2 vectors, one from human evolution backed by cosmic evolution, the other by biblical tradition and they seem to be pointing in the same direction, and that’s a heck of a coincidence
If we are the new Roman Empire (America) then we are heading for exactly what they got in the first century: an autocrat
We’ve never created a weapon we didn’t useJohn Dominic Crossan
I put Jesus and John the baptist of course in that context of non-violent resistance. And Jesus saying this is the way you accomplish God’s will on earth, by non-violent resistance to the normalcy of imperial civilization
Make the world a just place or we will make it hell on earth
God without us won’t. We without God can’t
What is the most divine idea you can think of?
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