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Denmark’s Terrible Gini Coefficient

Commentators pay frequent attention to the Gini coefficient of income in various countries to determine which countries are more ‘equal’, that is which countries have the lowest disparities between rich and poor. Equally frequent is the lack of attention paid to … Continue reading

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Markan Priority without Q, support from Mark 4 and parrallels

The synoptic problem-the explanation of the literary relationship between Matthew, Mark, and Luke-is intractable, despite (or perhaps because of) the efforts of brilliant men on all sides of the debate. Of the numerous possible relationships among the synoptics three are … Continue reading

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Did you click?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/25/opinion/rushkoff-why-im-quitting-facebook/index.html

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Lear, and Edmund; Means, and Ends

“We have been trying, like Lear, to have it both ways: to lay down our human prerogative and yet at the same time to retain it.  It is impossible.  Either we are rational spirit obliged for ever to obey [absolute … Continue reading

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Drones, a Letter to the Editor

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Jesus’ Self Knowledge

        At what point did Jesus know who he was? In medieval and renaissance art we frequently see an infant, and sometimes newborn, Jesus standing erect, looking out of the painting at, and making the sign of … Continue reading

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Progress 11 years on

How has the economy been doing for the since the bust of 2001? It is pertinent question for we often hear of Japan’s lost decade but not much of America’s. And while our situation may not be as dire as … Continue reading

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A Summary of Jervell’s Perspective on Acts

Jacob Jervell’s work Luke and the People of God: A New Look at Luke-Acts has transformed studies of first century christianity and early jewish-christian relations. It informs and is informed by the new perspective on Paul as we continue trying to … Continue reading

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Links

I decided that the frequent asides are cluttering the blog, so I will delete all of the previous asides (links preserved below) and from now on instead do irregular posts of a collection of links with, I hope, some commentary … Continue reading

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Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in a Nutshell

In a nutshell 1 Corinthians is concerned with factionalism and paganism in the church of God at Corinth. The first, factionalism, is revealed as the focus of Chloe’s report in the first chapter and taken up in chapters one through four. After … Continue reading

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