He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.
When the Apostle Paul was put to death in Rome, sometime during the later part of the reign of Nero (between AD66-68), a long list of well-known church leaders had been heavily under his influence. Many of these names are familiar to most Christians: Barnabas, Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Silas, Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos. … Continue reading The Next in Line – Peter, Paul, and . . . Clement?
What can we really know about God? And of that which we can know, how can we possibly describe Him within the confines of human language without misrepresenting Him? This was the struggle for the rabbi Moses Maimonides (AD1135-1204) and other proponents of what has come to be known as apophatic, the via negativa, or "negative theology." The … Continue reading Moses Maimonides and the Negative Side of God