Micah Redding — faith in humanity's future

Christianity as Anthropology


Why are humans Evil?

Some comments on a recent post brought up the question of why humans are moral. Is it because there is a God, or did we just evolve to act this way? Intriguing as that question is, I’m more interested in a different question. Why are humans evil...
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Ancient Israel vs The Blood Gods

This is the second post in a series on Christianity as Anthropology. In this, I’m sketching out in quick narrative form a synthesis of many different ideas. See my references here. My previous post described how humans became evil. Now, I want to...
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The Works of The Devil

For the past two weeks, I’ve been exploring the nature and rise of human evil. We’re about to move into the New Testament, but before we do, I want to make sure I’m super clear as to the problems that were plaguing humanity, and the problems that ...
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Jesus the Insurgent

This is the fourth in a series of essays on Christianity as Anthropology. Read the previous entries here. By the first century the entire world was under the power of the Roman Empire, the full embodiment of the domination system, the violent out...

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Curiously, Genesis attributes the downfall of humanity to something identified only as The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This mysterious tree is the one thing in all of creation forbidden to humans, and yet it is growing at the center of...

The Dark Side of Knowledge

The other day, I explored the story of Genesis, and its perplexing account of the corruption of mankind through the knowledge of good and evil. I tried to unpack some of the overlooked dynamics of the story, to get at what it is telling us about h...