Tex­tu­al Crit­i­cism : Resolv­ing The Chris­t­ian I‑Know-Noth­ing” Multi-Problem

Occa­sion­al­ly, we come across Chris­tians face-to-face and, more fre­quent­ly, on the Inter­net, who, when informed that the text of the gospels under­went cor­rup­tion dur­ing their trans­mis­sion, often react with the fol­low­ing type of ques­tions : When ? Who did the cor­rup­tion ? In what coun­try ? Before or after Muham­mad ? Why was it done ? How come no one noticed it?” These type of seem­ing­ly inno­cent” ques­tions mere­ly reveal the incal­cu­la­bly colos­sal igno­rance of the per­son in question.

The Apoth­e­o­sis of Jesus of Nazareth

A spe­cial gift” for the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies on occa­sion of Good Fri­day. I wish to show by an analy­sis of Wis­dom Chris­tol­ogy in Matthew’s gospel chap­ter 23, that the evan­ge­list took the dra­mat­ic step of chang­ing Jesus’ meta­phys­i­cal sta­tus from crea­ture to Cre­ator by alter­ing the Q tra­di­tion, and to reflect on the the­o­log­i­cal impli­ca­tions of this meta­mor­pho­sis for Chris­tian­i­ty, and where we go from here.


Missionary Activity In Kosovo

Mis­sion­ary Activ­i­ty in Koso­vo and the Caus­es of Mus­lim Conversions

After the last war in Koso­vo, the over­all eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try has dete­ri­o­rat­ed in a dras­tic way. As is well-known, the end of war meant that Koso­vo became a tar­get for many Chris­t­ian orga­ni­za­tions, a phe­nom­e­non which seems to accom­pa­ny every war-emerg­ing coun­try nowa­days. The same hap­pened to post-com­mu­nist Alba­nia, as well as Bosnia, Rwan­da and sev­er­al oth­er coun­tries in the world involved in dif­fer­ent con­flicts. Need­less to men­tion, great pover­ty is a gate to dis­be­lief, as man is con­tin­u­ous­ly in search for the pro­vi­sion grant­ed to him by the Almighty and frus­tra­tion seems to cause all kinds of incon­gru­ent deci­sions. In order to elu­ci­date the bit­ter real­i­ty in Koso­vo, we are pre­sent­ing the case of the con­ver­sion of an entire Mus­lim fam­i­ly to Christianity.

Gospel of Jesus

The Authen­tic Gospel of Jesus

Instead of writ­ing a full-scale biog­ra­phy of Jesus of Nazareth, I want to focus on some aspects of the life and teach­ing of Jesus of Nazareth that are com­mon­ly over­looked by most Chris­tians. Any attempt to recon­struct the his­tor­i­cal Jesus (as dis­tinct from the incar­nate deity of eccle­si­as­ti­cal faith) needs to take into account all the recov­er­able data about Jesus, much of which has been ignored by many Chris­tians because of its’ embar­rass­ment to Chris­t­ian ortho­doxy. Jesus’ report­ed say­ings in the Gospels are fre­quent­ly sub­ject­ed to tor­tu­ous exe­ge­sis by fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tians to make them fit lat­er church tra­di­tion. Para­dox­i­cal­ly, the data has been crit­i­cal­ly exam­ined by none oth­er than Chris­t­ian schol­ars themselves.

The Qur'an

Sura at-Tawbah
Clar­i­fy­ing Sūra at-Taw­bah : Aggres­sion and Treaty Ethics in Islam
How the Qur'an Was Revealed and Compiled 5
How the Qur’an Was Revealed and Compiled
In the Fog of His­to­ry : Review of G. R. Hawt­ing, The Idea of Idol­a­try and the Emer­gence of Islam. From Polemic to History”

The Bible

The Bible

Explor­ing Pop­u­la­tion Dynam­ics : Demo­graph­ic Dis­crep­an­cies in Bib­li­cal Narratives

Explore demo­graph­ic dis­par­i­ties in bib­li­cal accounts, focus­ing on Gen­e­sis, Exo­dus, and Num­bers. Through tex­tu­al scruti­ny and math­e­mat­i­cal mod­els, unrav­el the enig­mas of ancient Israelite soci­ety. Dis­cov­er the del­i­cate bal­ance between nar­ra­tive tra­di­tion and empir­i­cal evi­dence, shed­ding light on his­tor­i­cal complexities.

No Res­ur­rec­tion In Mark’s Gospel : Paul of Tar­sus Says That The Gospel Of Mark Is Futile

But the first of the four gospels, i.e., the Gospel accord­ing to Mark, appar­ent­ly did not receive Paul’s memo. And this is a very impor­tant point as we keep in mind that each of the gospels were ini­tial­ly divorced from each oth­er and were writ­ten in dif­fer­ent local­i­ties for dif­fer­ent audiences.

Exam­in­ing the Gospels’ Accounts : Call of the First Disciples

So which is the cor­rect Gospel account con­cern­ing the choice of Jesus’ first apos­tles ? Between Mt. 4, 12 – 22 ; Mk. 1, 14 – 20 ; Lk. 5, 1 – 11 ; Jn. 1, 35 – 42, which is the cor­rect Gospel account regard­ing the call of the first dis­ci­ples of Jesus ?