Australian Peter Singer is the the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is also arguably the most controversial philosopher alive today. His critics label him “the most dangerous man in the world”. Using an adjective like “dangerous” to describe a philosopher might seem vastly overblown or at least oxymoronic.
I went to see Wall-E, the new film from the animation powerhouse, Pixar, not because I like animated films (although I usually do) and not because I like stories about robots (although I usually don’t). I went because my life briefly touched one of the story artists behind the film, one of the hundreds of names in the credits that often scroll by without me giving them much thought.
The author of Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, Jon D. Levenson, is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University Divinity School. He has been studying the idea of death and resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and early Judaic sources (including Rabbinic and New Testament texts) since his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation on the theology of restoration in Ezekiel.
‘Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.’ - #196, SDA Hymnal
For those who have grown up Christian, or even within a broader Western culture, the ‘Passion Week’ story – Jesus’ last week leading to his death and resurrection – is not only old, but likely very familiar. And here is a potential problem. We already know the details and the ending. We’ve heard it all before, probably many many times. And while familiarity may not breed contempt, it can easily breed indifference.