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About Jim Reiher
We all know that there are two taboo topics we are not meant to talk about - Religion and Politics. But, they are two of Jim’s most passionate interests. He has been a candidate in various elections between 2004 and 2010, and he was a founding member and the first President of the Casey Multi-faith Network in 2007 (and remains an active member to this day). Jim has a Bachelors of Arts (double major in history) and a Diploma of Education, and also a Masters of Theology (with honors). In recent years he has had a number of journal articles (historical, biblical, and the gender debate) accepted and published after peer review.
This book is now my best example of how scholars go to the most desperate lengths to promote a view. It typifies how one can manipulate evidence and arguments, to promote a position, and the extremes of dogmatism that can be packaged as if it is even-handed research. The scholars who contributed to this volume know that there are many sound arguments that could have been raised against their material, but they do not tease them out with any genuine attempt to weigh the evidence. No, this book is dogmatic theology at its worst. It has an agenda to promote, and it pretends to be studying all the evidence in so doing. There are so many examples of how this particular book argues poorly, ignores evidence, and pushes a predetermined view that it is hard to decide which specific issue to highlight by way of example. But let me settle for their discussion of Junia(s) – the person mentioned in Romans 16:7. It is a manageable length in their book, allowing us to evaluate it in a relatively short article.
‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’
Gordon Fee rightly sums up the major controversy about this passage when he writes: ‘Is the equity, or the oneness, of the three pairs – Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female – to be limited to the justifying work of Christ alone, or does it include other aspects of life in the believing community as well?’ These two key options are clearly at loggerheads: it is either talking about a wide application including both salvation and social relationships, or it is limited to a narrow theological application that restricts itself to our salvation alone. Every reader has to make a decision which ‘school’ they will choose to belong to.
I have put off writing this for a while... but you know what? It needs to be said. The following is a paper I have put together that explains why it is that some of us who call ourselves Christians (Christ followers) actually do support gay marriage. Happy for discussion so long as you actually read it first! :-)
by Jim Reiher
Friends: I have written a book. Maybe it will be published some day soon, maybe it wont. But you know what? I want it to be "out there" and read, so for now... I will put it up here and anyone can read it and (hopefully) enjoy it. It is copyright to me, so no copying... okay....!? ... but hey... why keep it locked away waiting for an insightful publisher to jump at the chance to publish it? That might still happen, but for now... here it is. (I had put up the first few chapters in earlier posts, but here is the whole book in one entry).
It is a different kind of historical fiction. It is not straight chronology of the life and times of Paul. It is, rather, set in prison, when he is 60 years old, and awaiting trial in Rome. It is set at the end of the book of Acts in the New Testament. Paul stays in that prison for 2 years, before he finally has his trial. I have set the story during that time. He is allowed visitors (most of the time) and he entertains old and new friends, and has long conversations with them. They remember stories and talk about everything and anything: theology, morals, ethics, marriage and celebacy... all that and more. In the telling of stories and remembering, we get the life of the Apostle Paul in a patchwork way.
I hope you enjoy it.... :-)
The Sunburnt Circus, (fiction).
"Never put off helping simply because you can't address every issue and every problem. Never put off helping because you can't help everyone who needs it. If everyone just did something, everything would get done. Do your part without regard for those with idle hands."
- Jim Reiher