A Political Statement by the Dude who Discovered the First Gospel. Now that I have a large online audience, in anticipation of future media questions about my politics, I’d like to set the record straight right up front in writing. Please see my full statement at LODLIB-7: doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3975082
Thought it would be a nice courtesy to readers to distill down some of the highlights from Qn, the very First Gospel out of the Jesus movement, a text that I discovered and announced a few weeks ago and am busy proving and reconstructing each day. A partial preliminary edition and translation has now been released for public viewing. While I have called this text Qn or the Gospel of the Poor, we might also consider calling it the Gospel of the Enslaved Messiah, the Slave Gospel, the Abolitionist Gospel, or the Gospel of Liberation.Read More »
James McGrath over at Patheos blogs his initial response to my findings. By way of response, to put it simply, the very first Gospel (Qn) that I’ve discovered for the first time in history is at its core the Gospel of Marcion aka Early Luke minus Markan content and few redactions made by the compiler of Early Luke.Read More »
Scholars around the world in every discipline will soon start coming together around building this Gospel and understanding its place in Human Civilization. It’s going to change everything. Everything.
It was there from the very beginning of the Jesus movement.
It just got hidden through a layered process of textual competition.
Those layers are going to start to become truly clear for the first time in history, thanks to amazing Humanist scholars working hand in hand with Technologists.
That shared effort will start to bring peace and healing and compassion and intelligence back to our world.
god knows we need it
Last night I was at the place of a friend in Long Beach who is a sheriff in Orange County. Great guy. Intellectually curious. Well-read. Knows his scholars (he mentioned Bart Ehrman by name, actually).Read More »
I personally am a Christian. I’m proud to have been baptized as a Christian and to have served as a minister in a Black Church for four years. I’m proud to have taught at Christian colleges and seminaries. I’m proud to have spent my whole adult life studying the Jewish and Christian scriptures. They are so, so amazing.Read More »
A Black friend recently encouraged me to read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography. It was horrifying and yet inspiring. What an incredible human being.Read More »
While our society is having a serious conversation about race, we also need to have one about religion. Anti-Semitic violence has skyrocketed in recent years. Even the synagogue in my hometown of Poway, California, fell victim to a mass shooting. Everyone knows about the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, but that was personal for me. Jefferson’s rotunda is where I defended my dissertation. My firstborn, Samuel, saw his first movie (a Winnie the Pooh film) as a toddler only a block or two away from where Heather Heyer was murdered. Those two days shook me to my core and were the worst days of my life.Read More »
I wrote this poem back on October 15, 2017, shared it with friends and submitted it for publication at the time. It didn’t get picked up, so this seems like a fitting time to self-publish it.Read More »