The Enemies Within: End Times Hucksters

My focus this time is one I have put together a whole e-book related to titled The Encyclopedia of End Times Fail. I could probably write several volumes. But the narrower focus is on those who fail to come about their erroneous eschatology honestly and use their failures as a way to sell merchandise.

I won't hesitate to name the name that exemplifies this the most: John Hagee. This crank has written enough books on the end times to build a formidable bomb shelter, and he's made enough wrong prognostications about the future to earn himself a dunce cap the size of the Pyramid of Giza. However, he doesn't care: Every time a book of his ends up vastly wrong, he extracts some of the material and puts it inside a new frame. Then he sells millions more copies to the same suckers who bought it last time. In the last several years, he has seen the end fomenting in the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Y2K bug, the financial crash of 2008, and the blood moons.  Each time, he wrot…

Community as Author

My argument "Community as author" postulates that if we don;t know the individual authors of the gospels we can still look to the communities that produced the gospels as the authors because they contained not only the actual authors/redactors but many eye witnesses, to the events of Jesus' life. That involves a discussion of the role or oral tradition in the making of the gospels because it was oral tradition that persevered the testimony of the  eye witnesses in the gap between the events and the writing of the gospels. Modern liberal theology has given the name "form criticism" to this discussion.

Form criticism is a philosophy and methodology of Biblical criticism, "Criticism" in relation to the Bible does not mean talking about how bad the Bible is (too long and hard to understand) but refers to a means of analysis in a systematic sense. Form criticism seeks to analyze the historical development of the New Testament by understanding the forms in w…

The Enemies Within: The Chatterboxers

My focus today is on people who have conversations with God. I allude there to a fad author of some years back named Neale Donald Walsch, who sold millions of copies of books in which he recorded his alleged interactions with divinity. Walsch was a New Age sort of crank, but Christians have cranks of similar tendencies among their own ranks. 

The variations within the ranks are legion. They range from the sublime (Charles Stanley saying that some vague "inner rustling" told him to not hire someone) to the ridiculous (Joyce Meyer saying that God told her to make fruit salad for her husband, smile in the shower, and keep her eyes open during sex). However, they all have this in common: They boldly claim to hear from God without any sort of evidence. Deuteronomy had some strict tests for those who claimed to hear God's voice. The penalty for being wrong was a shower of stones. I have asked whether Meyer would be so quick to claim God was giving her such messages if it meant …

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