655: THE ASSUMPTIONS BEHIND THE ZINGCREED BLOG by Peter Turner

  1. The enigmatic iron age Jewish wisdom-teacher known as Yeshua may have have said some things still worth listening to in the twenty first century.
  2. The quest for the historical Jesus – what Yeshua actually said and did – is in some way relevant for Christian faith and practice.
  3. Critical study of the cultural artefact known as the bible and Christian origins is of significance to Christians today.
  4. Most Christians are completely unaware of the sort of debate going on in the pages of the Zingcreed blog.
  5. There are many now outside the church who have spoken and written about matters of faith, but it is as if within the church their words have fallen on deaf ears. We must turn up the volume so that these many important voices can be heard.
  6. There are more questions than answers: to deny that is to be intellectually dishonest.
  7. God is a metaphor or a conditioned reflex, a  failed working hypothesis. The only way God can sometimes apparently become visible is when humans love and  serve other people. Other godless explanations could have equal validity.
  8. A good rule for life might be “Live, Love, Laugh!”
  9. The things that make for a good life are good friends, good music and good food and drink – for everyone.

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too  I see is from the hand of  God.” (Ecc. 2:24)

Sources:
Inspired in part by Professor of New Testament Stephen J. Patterson in “The apocalyptic Jesus. A debate” Polebridge Press (2001) p.160 and by Gretta Vosper “With or without God” Harper Perennial (2008) p.164.

Related Zingcreed Posts:
155: Jesus was a sage, not a priest, prophet or king
004: The Zingcreed manifesto
250: the zingcreed pledge

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