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Below are pieces from my book "Jesus for Most People" from 2012.

Doc: Introduction to "Jesus for Most People" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

The following are from Part 6 of "Jesus"

DOC: 06 01 Do-Gooding, Working, Citizenship, and Crusading PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 02 Human Nature and Some Sacraments PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 03 Relation to God: Submission and Prayer PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 04 Golden Rule, What to Do, and Other Topics PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 05 Contradictions PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 06 Justifiable Rebellion PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 07 Hard Cases PDF ........ HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 08 Jesus, Religion, and the State PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

 

The following two chapters were modified slightly in 2015 and now appear here.

DOC: 06 09 Abortion PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 06 10 Gay Marriage PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

 

Below are some essays extracted from my book "Religious Stances" (on this website).

DOC: 2015: Basic Religion, Ch. 01 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Jesus as God and Not God PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Jesus as Changing Point in the World PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Basic Politics, Ch. 02 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Codes, Ch. 06 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Romanticism, Ch. 07 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Decent People and Indecent People, Ch. 08 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Atheism, Ch. 09 from "Religious Stances" PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

 

Here is an essay extracted from "Religious Stances" and then modified:

DOC: 2015: God's appearance does not automatically resolve all issues PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

 

In response to comments, I added to my essay on Jesus as God and Not God:

DOC: 2016: Jesus as God, Again PDF .......... HTML ......... Text

 

Below are original essays not extracted from anywhere:

DOC: 2015: Salvation PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Eucharist PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Compassion PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Righteous Anger PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Inaccurate Belief PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: More on Jesus as God or Not God PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Reincarnation Not for All PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

DOC: 2015: Sacraments PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

Doc: 2015: Yearning for that Divine Hero PDF ....... HTML ....... Text

In October 2017, I read "The Big Picture" by Sean Carroll. I think he misunderstands some things about what values are and about our freedom to make values. His mistakes are typical of good-hearted scientifically-grounded people, for whom I have much sympathy. The essay below is a respons.

DOC: 2017: Making Values PDF ........ HTML ........ Text