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Jan 30, 2006

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will spotts

Excellent post -- particularly about the ancient cyclical view versus the Jewish and Christian views.

I would point out one item in the progress motiff: Bothe the wheat and the tares grow. Yes, Christianity makes progress, but so do those forces that work against that progress. The question this raises is this: since both good and evil progress and are interwined with progress, how much of progress can be regarded as good?

Michael Kruse

Thanks Will.

"since both good and evil progress and are interwined with progress, how much of progress can be regarded as good?"

I read somewhere that "tares" look identical to wheat as they grow. Even the trained eye has difficulty distinguishing the two. You can't tell them apart until the come to full "fruit" and the heads unfold. So "What is progress?" is indeed the question. As I will say in couple of more posts, I think the concept of "shalom" gives us some insight but how easily we see what we want to see from our culture and point in history.

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