Friday, June 18, 2010

book notes

Jesus Wars by Phillip Jenkins

5th Century monks kind of acted like Nazi brown shirts, busting heads in the streets. They would also go to war against the monks of an opposing bishop.

Since Jesus was probably born in May, his baptism may have been conflated with his birth to get the Dec. 25 date -- baptism was often celebrated at Jan. 6 & early Christians thought Jesus took on divinity at his baptism.

marker between the pre-modern and modern world -- someone else's wrong beliefs could bring God's wrath onto you or your community.