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  •  Not so odd, just corruptive. (1+ / 0-)
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    Jesus was creating a revolution, a new way of life. Paul was a Pharisee, enforcer for the legal arm of the Sanhedrin, and a 'worldly' Jew of his time. Thus it's not so surprising that he embraced the self-appointed task of universalizing a new religion (with the same legalistic claptrap as the old religion). And at that he was a genius.

    What he created, however, wasn't very close to what Jesus sought to impart.

    Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

    by Joieau on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 09:27:30 AM PDT

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    •  That's what gets me. (1+ / 0-)
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      While I really don't like a lot of what Paul 'wrote' I think of things like the Corinthians passage and it doesn't make sense.  Maybe he didn't write the good parts.  That's also possible....

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 10:13:12 AM PDT

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      •  A big part of Paul's genius (1+ / 0-)
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        was in recognizing that the mission wasn't exclusive to the Jews. James had authority over the Jerusalem church, Paul took it outside Judea. That's what all the bruhaha over circumcision came in, an argument Paul won over James. And for all the historical horrors that came and went over the millennia in the name of Christ, Paul often was gifted with divine inspiration. Just not when he was dealing with the minutia of governance.

        Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

        by Joieau on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 10:41:01 AM PDT

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        •  When does divine inspiration (0+ / 0-)

          become dumb luck? After all Constantine claimed the same sort of inspiration and it is very doubtful that he ever fully understood the whole theology thing very well (what politician ever does?)

          Paul was writing about specific problems in specific churches at specific times. The fact that some of his answers have universal applications would stem from divine inspiration or dumb luck on his part?

      •  about half of his epistles (0+ / 0-)

        were probably ghost written (shades of Palin) and his main contribution to Christianity was to open it up to pagans and nonJews. As a matter of fact he and Peter had quite a falling out over his status since he was not one of the original disciples and also over the issue of circumcism since Paul held circumcism to be unnecessary

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