A friend asked me months ago to write a chapter for a book he was working on that views Jesus through a Taoist perspective.
He just emailed all the 80 some folks who each were asked to write about 250 words to tell us where the book stands. There's interest and a decent shot for publication.
So that's cool.
I also finally saw the list of other contributors and feel good -- proud even -- to be included. It's an impressive list of folks who have degrees and books and pedigrees. I am a chubby editor of a weekly newspaper who will always laugh at a fart joke.
The editor allowed me to pick my own assignment out of the 80 selections and I took "Jesus was a radical."
Note that I'm no longer religious -- mostly because my knees are shot and kneeling is hard. But I have 15 years of Bible study and I've read Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching" (Steven Mitchell's 1988 translation) multiple times.
Please note I'm not sure what more I can write about the book nor do I feel it appropriate to quote from my submission.
Why chose that topic?
When Jesus was asked, according to three of the four gospels, what is the greatest Commandment, he offered two. 1.) Love God with your heart and soul. 2.) Love others as you would be loved. He said if people do these two things, they will gain entrance into heaven.
Consider what Christianity is now as well as other religions, there are thousands of admonitions, right down to the food you eat and the clothing you wear. Oh -- and no sex hardly ever. (I think that's because many humans will choose sex over salvation.) (Note to self: "Sex Over Salvation" would also make a great novel title.)
A radical suggests simplicity that is hard to do.
And I wrote about how Confucius offered so many rules they included farting: "The man who farts in church will sit in his own pew."
Yeah, me and the fart joke -- always.
Our so-called leaders of political factions right now misuse the term "radical." No, it's not someone who is an idealogue.
A radical is someone who breaks from normalcy and creates a new and better way.
Peace unto Ukraine and radicalism unto all of you my brothers and sisters.