Monday December 16th

Hi all,

Before we get off to the holiday rush, we will gather one last time of 2013 at the Tap House. Monday, December 16th, upstairs, 5:30-7pm.

We have an interesting topic this time around: the birth narratives of Jesus, and what they’re really about.

Listen to this interview with Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan between now and then:

They make a few interesting points:

The conception and birth narratives of Jesus are parable, not fact.

The Gospels are anti-empire, especially the conception and birth narratives of Jesus.

Birth narratives of Roman emperors often included similar pieces to the birth narrative of Jesus.

The Gospels are, at their core, (especially Luke), about bringing peace through justice.

We will let these questions direct our dialogue:

  1. What do you think of this interview?
  2. Do you think it is possible that the birth narratives of Jesus aren’t history, but instead are getting at a theological point instead of a historical reality? Why or why not?
  3. Can we live an alternative lifestyle than seeking perpetual “victory” ?
  4. What’s the takeaway? Go and do likewise? So, what does that mean for us?
  5. So, how might we celebrate Christmas differently in light of this?

See you at the Tap House.



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