Paul’s Mockery of the Roman Empire as Exposed by Josephus

Paul’s opening salvo in his trial before the Roman leader Agrippa in Acts 26 seems straightforward. But Josephus shows us that Paul is really mocking Rome’s representative. Having been arrested after an altercation with a group of Jews, Paul says (Acts 26:2-3): I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am […]

Valentine’s Day, Love, Free Will, and Evil

“Evil is part of free will” is one of those non-answer answers that most people find infuriating. But perhaps in the context of what a world without choice would be like, and as we are grateful for the choices other people have made, we can wonder if evil really is a necessary part of what we cherish most….