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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof spent yet another Easter Sunday trying to see just how little one can believe of Christianity’s anchoring ideas, and still consider oneself a Christian.
Kristof refers to these regular interviews with theological figures as “my occasional series of conversations about Christianity.” All have the same theme -- seeing if one can get away with calling oneself a Christian if you don’t actually buy that whole virgin birth and Resurrection mythology. Fortunately for him, this year’s interviewee was on Kristof’s wavelength.
Year - Serene - Jones - Protestant - Minister
This year he talked with Serene Jones, Protestant minister and president of Union Theological Seminary for “Reverend, the Virgin Birth is ‘a Bizarre Claim’?" Kristof led off: “Happy Easter, Reverend Jones! To start, do you think of Easter as a literal flesh-and-blood resurrection? I have problems with that.”
Rev. Jones actually agreed: “When you look in the Gospels, the stories are all over the place. There’s no resurrection story in Mark, just an empty tomb. Those who claim to know whether or not it happened are kidding themselves..."
Jones - Kristof - Playing - Advocate - Bit
So theologically liberal was Jones, that Kristof was seemingly pressed into playing, um, devil’s advocate for a bit, asking: “But without a physical resurrection, isn’t there a risk that we are left with just the crucifixion?...Isn’t a...
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