Sunday, January 13, 2008

I can't figure him out...

John Dominic Crossan is an example of what an atheist would believe if he was religious. This former priest - who resigned the ministry close to forty years ago - decided to continue his involvement in Catholic academia despite his dissidence over significant traditional Catholic teaching. Co-founder of the infamous Jesus Seminar, Crossan has made an effort to demythologize Jesus Christ into a figure that would be analogous to the Buddha. As if that wasn't enough, Crossan - who claims to believe in God - DOES NOT believe in life after death.

What is wrong with this guy? Dr. William Loewe of Catholic University told me in an email that despite the fact that Crossan was a brilliant scholar, there were times when he was just "plain wrong."

7 comments:

Jaimie said...

Buddha huh? This guy sounds like a conflicted individual that doesn't really know what he believes. It is sad but an examble of what can happen when we take our eyes off of Jesus.

Adrienne said...

Now you see why I have a bit of a distrust of folks that have an alphabet soup of letters after their name. I call it “being educated beyond their intelligence.”

Tom in Vegas said...

Auntie Adreinne-

“[B]eing educated beyond their intelligence.” That's your best line ever:) LOL!

Fr John Speekman said...

This fellow has a huge Google life, so huge I can't be bothered exploring it. I can only say that sometimes we adjust truth around ourselves, like a bird puts the feathers in just the right place in the nest, for maximum comfort. If this guy is doing that, he is one of many 'blind guides' in the world today. They have a thought and, because they thought of it, they think 'It must be the truth.'

My father used to say, "I'm wiser than any of them, because my wisdom comes from the Church."

I think too many people calling themselves Christians ignore the Church and her voice, which is the living, authoritative voice of Christ. How can you call yourself a Christian and not believe in an afterlife? Ain't possible. At the very least, if that person is right, he's certainly not a Christian.

Catherine said...

Fascinating...

I recently asked on my blog (in comment, hasn't made it to a post yet) why people try to make Jesus not who the Gospels say he is. He offered love and compassion in a tangible AND esoteric sense. What's not to like?

Cathy_of_Alex said...

What's wrong with this guy? he's an Arian for the New Age.

Mark said...

GKC said that the insane man is completely rational, he has just confined himself to a very, very small universe. One can be rational, consistant, and wrong. knowlege without faith puffs up, and men like Crossan are the great puffers of the post VII era.