China: A Theological Reflection

I have only recently returned from a three week trip to China with my Dearly Beloved, another adult, and 21 teenagers.  We were there because my Dearly Beloved teaches Chinese as a Second Language in high school, and for some years has been conducting regular language and culture trips to China with groups of students. I went along as a supervising adult, albeit with a little trepidation as this was the first time I’d been to China, never mind had so many young folk in my care!  Continue reading “China: A Theological Reflection”

John 14:1-14

Today’s reading from John’s Gospel presents us with a famously – or, depending on your point of view, infamously – difficult passage.  In particular, verse 6, in which the author of John’s Gospel has Jesus declaring: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through me” is especially problematic.  This one verse has a sad and dubious history.  Some Christians have used this verse to justify aggression against other faiths and cultures, while others have seen in it the basis of a claim for exclusive truth, a claim that reduces all other faiths and worldviews to mere myth and superstition.  On the other hand, many critics have seen in this verse evidence that Christianity is an inherently aggressive and bigoted faith, a faith based in arrogant spiritual imperialism and a conceited sense of its own importance.  Continue reading “John 14:1-14”