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About JoshuaPopper

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  • Birthday 08/22/1988

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    Just finished my MA thesis in intellectual history and am workin in a bottle shop. I've completed my B.Theology and still maintain an avid interest in the current issues in academia concerning religion, bible, theology and the interdisciplinary modes of inquiry through which religion becomes accessible to contemporary intellectual culture.
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    Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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    Religion, Continental philosophy, critical theory, history, culture, alternative culture, theology, left-wing politics, sociology, alternative media, jazz, wine, malt scotch, multiculturalism, folklore, urbanism, surrealism, intellectual history, film, film theory, bible
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  1. I went to Vigil this afternoon, and I kind of want to make it a weekly thing. The priest seems nice. How do I go about talking to him and asking if I can sort of join the congregation even if I am a non-believer?

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    How Old Must You Be To Love?

    Your 14. You should wait until you're around 20+ to "love". You can flirt around prior to this and have some fun. Just don't take life too seriously.
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    Breastfeeding/Nursing in Public

    Topless women aren't naked. There are so many topless cultures around the world. I don't see any reason why women should have to cover up anything or expose anything for fear of turning on or upsetting or shaming or whatever any men. Women own their own bodies, not men.
  4. This was virtually common practice even a few centuries ago. If memory serves me straight, John Knox (the founder of the Presbyterian Church) married an 18 year old when he was in his fifties.
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    Going to a youth group alone

    Yeah, not because they should but because there are a lot of young people around today who the holy Church is trying to market towards. I think it's sad.
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    Good Christian Theology Books

    Neusner is an amazing scholar. Last I heard he was the most prolific humanities writer alive today. I have a few of his books in my library which are great, his "Rabbi Talks with Jesus" is probably one of his more populist books, but I'm surprised you're recommending it, it is actually a tad hostile to Christian theology. :-P My personal recommendations would also come from the Jewish faith, Daniel Boyarin is one of my favourite religious scholars. I'm awaiting his "The Jewish Gospels" at the moment. Other than that I think that the safest way to approach Christian theology in academia is through a Cambridge or Oxford companion series. They'll introduce a number of great scholars, masters of their fields. Also, the New Interpretors Bible Commentary series or the Anchor Bible Commentary/Dictionary series is another collection worthy of paying close attention to. And then there are the big names who are quoted by just about every reputable Christian theologian: Schleiermacher, Barth, Rahner, Moltmann, Pannenberg, Kung, etc. I'll be doing more research into the various traditions of nineteenth century German theologies in the coming years and at the moment I'd recommend a critical reading of them. Perhaps be wary that they follow much more of a Romanticist or Idealist philosophical position rather than the analytic realist or pragmatist positions, let alone the phenomenological or structuralist positions of Continental European philosophy. Perhaps keeping these thoughts in mind may make you think just a little more critically about what has been inherited from the nineteenth century German liberals.
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    Is this wrong? Why?

    I find it interesting how obsessed American Christians are with sexual themes as opposed to violent themes. Christians throughout much of the rest of the world are much more offended by violence than they are by expressions of sex or intimacy. :-)
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    Perhaps, kind of. Considering that we have a tradition within our faith of naturism and nudism in spirituality/mysticism. But not really in the sense that praying with an icon (distinct from a simple "statue") of Saint Mary in front of you is more akin to praying in the presence of the Blessed Virgin. Iconography in the Christian tradition carries alongside it the central Christian kenosis-theosis theologies. In so far as I'm concerned, disbelieving in iconography is akin to disbelieving in the mystery of the Incarnation.
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    Stuff you wish Girls Knew

    Totally agree. Running into a brick wall will probably mess up a previously beautiful face. ---------- Post added at 10:49 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:47 PM ---------- Unless. You're. Not. :-)
  10. I think this was probably some sort of mid-life crisis coupled with the sheer sex-appeal that all educators have (I say as a grad-student).
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    Wandering From the Path

    I don't know what your pastor's motivation may have been but that sounds awfully suspect: If you don't feel the need to come and watch the show then you're wandering away from Christianity. Perhaps it's better to evaluate who you personally are and what your motivations are with regards to your religion rather than simply what the pastor is saying.
  12. Wow! And he's 41! Way to live the dream! ---------- Post added at 05:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:06 PM ---------- He's not a paedophile. Paedophile's have sex with children. He had the good sense to wait until she was 18 before he made his sleek moves.
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    Afghan clerics demand punishment for Qur'an burners

    I think that we need to address the injustices committed by all groups and we need to understand what is at issue throughout. Syriac Christians being mass murdered (actually creating the very concept of a genocide) requires ideological investigation and not simply pushing under the rug. Westerners burning copies of a holy book, an actual revelation of God (in so far as the Catholic faith is concerned) should be required to answer for this offence. Political, social, economic and militaristic bases for the conflicts require elucidation and require justification. I don't think that the issues should simply be left unresolved or swept under a giant rug in order to justify conflict of any sort.
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    Going to a youth group alone

    I don't like the idea of youth groups. I think of them as unhealthy interpretations of Christianity. I think you'll be better off just going to church.
  15. Psalm 2 was probably not written by David (it's not even attributed to David). It was a royal psalm which was performed at the enthralment of the monarch in ancient Jerusalem. I found that it's much more interesting that in the temptation scenes of Jesus, he basically rejects the entire kingly model which is given in Psalm 2. Jesus, the true Messiah, rejects dominion over all the kingdoms of the world (Mt 4:8-9 cf. Ps 2:8). I'm not sure if pointing out Psalms and Oracles from ancient Israelite prophets and poets really makes a "case for Christ" (in, I'm assuming, the Lee Strobel sense). As an historian I don't think that there is any merit as it stands to doubt that there was an historical Jesus, both because of the extra-biblical sources about him Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny, etc., but more because the NT documents themselves assume the historicity of Jesus and never containing any dispute over his existence. The earliest debates about Jesus which we have recorded are debates about whether or not he was the Messiah not whether or not he existed. I'm not sure what sort of historical documentation may suggest that Jesus is the Christ. Religious truth, while historical in this respect, exists in its codified form as a statement of faith.