davidmartin wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:13 am
I think the kind of theology exemplified by Matthew and Paul's opponents (the pillars) wasn't the original form, but Paul is closer to it
If that is so, then why is the former portrayed as the original form from what is seen in Acts, Galatians?
I go to dance events. A lot. Well, I used too, before Corona: at least 10 days a year was the norm, but the more the merrier, with the epitome every year being a 5-day festival, https://www.psy-fi.nl/beautiful-people-2017
. Gawds, that would have been only a few weeks ago
This festival right here is an execption to the rule: it is very carefully kept in the same place, it won't grow (only 15,000 people) and everything stays essentially the same. Last year was the first year that everything was strictly vegetarian, but that is it
Other festivals have come and gone, and witnessed the typical cycle of life: start small, grow big, explode, die out.
They start small, cheecky, with new music, new acts, new settings, new whatever. We have tons of festivals every weekend, likely every day, 365-a-year, and the Netherlands produce big names, big festivals, so if you want to stand out here - you better stand out
I visit new festivals every year, and some stick. Some don't. And some... go mainstream
Evolutionary is what happens next: they grow larger, from 5,000 to 10,000 to 20/25,000, popular DJ's suddenly appear to also be able to make the new kind of music, and I quickly find myself moving on to other places. Because it's shit, it's mediocre, it's grey, what it turns out to be: music for the masses, and it gets compromised-to-death
So, the same happened to Christianity: it went mainstream. With a bit of trial and error they shaped it for maximum purpose, maximum return-of-investment, maximum sex appeal. That took a few centuries, and then dogmas. Originality? What did that have to do with the price of tea in China