A gothic encounter

I have always loved the Gothic. My favourite Gothic cathedral, for both patriotic and personal reasons, is York Minster. Yet I think even that gothic masterpiece has to bow to the Stephansdom in Vienna. The magnificent tower of the Stephansdom is outrageously high. It...

The Gnostic New Age: Wot, no Thomas!

In the story, The Adventure of Silver Blaze, Sherlock Holmes confronts a mystery of a horse that has been stolen and its trainer murdered. He solves the mystery by what he calls “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time”. When it is pointed out to...

The Easter Egg

To the believer, the gospels are far more than historical documents. They act as a catalyst that transforms a person, like water into wine. Software engineers have a term for a secret code written in a piece of software; they call it an “Easter Egg”. When...

What came first, the metaphor or the miracle?

It is easy to see when two texts are linked. It is much harder to determine which of the two came first. However, if one source is a metaphor and the other a literal miracle story, I think we can be confident that the metaphor came first. Recently, while working on my...

The virgin and the four whores

The genealogy in Matthew, like that in Luke, is really a genealogy of Joseph who, according to Matthew, is not even the real father of Jesus. Moreover, there is nothing about this Joseph in Mark. Even if Joseph is only Jesus’ father-in-law through his marriage...