Matthew’s Jesus: the Jewish King

First impressions are important. They don’t tell the whole story, but it’s hard to move too far away from your initial perception of a new person. It follows that how a character is introduced to you in a book is also incredibly important. You can learn a lot about what the author is trying to…

Friend or Messiah? Learning from Sci-Fi

I love finding passages in the regular, everyday books that I read that make me think about my faith. I’m currently reading The Rise of Endymion, the fourth book in Dan Simmons’ epic science fiction series, The Hyperion Cantos, and this passage on page 189 captured my imagination: “What’s the difference [between faith in a…

Quick Thoughts: Dehumanising Jesus

It is my belief that it is good for Christians to discuss the rational basis for their faith with others. If we don’t do this, then no one will take us seriously. The apostle Paul was not afraid of reasoning with the Jews and the Greeks, proving to them that Jesus was the Messiah. That…