March 10, 2014
Almost any culture, ethnic group or civilisation, since time immemorial, has a creation myth—to explain the existence of life and help people to cope with the hardships and the mysteries of living. Generally, myths are more or less elaborated stories of the birth of the Cosmos and of humanity itself. For Jews and Christians, the myth of Adam and Eve, already present in older religious traditions, is the opening key of the Bible. Myths have evolved into the most intricate theological speculations which present an obvious danger: when they tend to ossify and are seen as real facts, instead of pointing upward to an ultimate reality, they actually debase it. Literalism is, and always was, a source of religious misunderstandings, sectarian... Read More.
January 20, 2014
“Our innate tendency is to egotistically save ourselves, because we are born self-centred. Our work for salvation implies that, with God’s grace, we override our basic instinct of self-preservation and give ourselves up for the good of all, like Jesus.” JOSEPH REBELO, EDITOR The doctrine of original sin is an essential truth of the Christian faith. The traditional understanding of the account made in Genesis 3 of the original sin and consequent punishment by God, expelling human beings from Eden, has contributed to shape our world-view and negative understanding of human fragility, sinfulness, painful work, sexuality, suffering and death— and hasn’t helped us to accept them as part and parcel of our human... Read More.