Short hops: Bart Ehrman on the Daily Show, and more

This was on last week, but we watch DS from the web site and sometimes we get behind :-). Anyway, I wanted to share this one with the Street:

Bart Ehrman, the author of “Misquoting Jesus,” talks about some of the inconsistencies of the bible.

Interesting stuff, though I’m too brain-dead at the moment to ask any insightful questions to start conversation rolling :-).

Update [2006-3-27 15:1:11 by Morgan]:: Actually, I found a couple of other things, so now it’s “Hops” 😉

From March 19: Indian ‘witchcraft’ family killed:

A family of five are beheaded by a mob in north-east India after being accused of using witchcraft.

After two plantation workers died and many others became ill from mysterious illness, other members of the Adivasi Santhal community accused him and his family of being the cause.

“A trial was held to prove if Munda and his family were involved in casting evil spells in the tea garden that led to a bout of epidemics in the area,” police officer D Das said. “They said the killings would appease the gods.

According to police records, some 200 people have been killed in Assam in the past five years for allegedly practicing witchcraft.

I was going to comment, but the mood I’m in this morning, everything I considered came out snarky whether I was trying to be flip or not. So, on to better news: Rabbi calls for ‘UN of religions’

The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, has called for the creation of a world body with representatives from the major religious groups.

My only question is, who gets to define “major,” and how big/organized does a group need to be to be considered?


I did a diary (4.00 / 2)

on the rabbi and the creation on the world body last week.  The issue of who would join came up in the what few comments there were. The meeting from where the idea came was just Muslims and Jews.

Cheer up!

by Aunt Arctic on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 13:48:46 PDT

Misquoting Jesus (4.00 / 3)

Morgan–thanks for the diary (guess I’d better download that episode of the DS to my iPod :))  My husband just picked the book up; he’d heard of it on the Discovery Channel (I think).  Don’t know how quickly either of us will get to reading it (hmm, another SP Book Club selection?)

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.We are the prophets of a future not our own.– Oscar Romero

by hedgehog on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 13:55:03 PDT

Chief Rabbi should clean his own house first (none / 0)

I’m waiting for a world body with representatives from just the major Jewish groups.  It would be called a “Sanhedrin” and it could resolve some long-standing disputes.  The Union of Orthodox rabbis has said that “kitniyot” (the non-eating of peanuts etc. during Passover) is a ridiculous tradition and should be dispensed with, but only a Sanhedrin would have enough authority to dispense with it.  I’ve never seen the OU make any attempt to convene the representative body they say is needed before they can do their jobs in the manner they say would be appropriate.

Oh wait—we shouldn’t speak ill of other religions’ leaders.  It’s lashon hora (“evil tongue”).  My bad.

by Pyesetz the Jewdog on Tue Mar 28th, 2006 at 15:55:34 PDT

Of course such an organization… (none / 0)

…already exists.

Parliament of the World’s Religions

Funny how he doesn’t seem to know that. I’m pleased to note that Witches are represented (by Covenant of the Goddess among others) at the Parliament each year.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” — Hunter S. Thompson

by rune on Thu Mar 30th, 2006 at 14:36:09 PDT

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