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The Revolutionary Vision of Jesus

Rodney D. Coates* ~


I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ. 
Fidel Castro

There are many who will condemn me as a heretic –both within the church and among so called progressives – for declaring that Jesus was a revolutionary and had a revolutionary vision for the world.  Yes, Jesus –that Jesus that we celebrate, that we proclaim, and that we have been labeled as his followers – the Christ (or Promised

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The Moral Limits of Freedom

Rodney D. Coates*~

I start from the basic premise that freedom is not an absolute. That is to say, one is not absolutely free, that there are obvious limits to our freedom seem unassailable.  Simply put, our freedoms are limited to the extent that they impinge upon the freedom on another.  Having said that, exactly what are these limits and what is the nature of these limits.  My mother would remind me often that “The fact that I can do something does not mean that I should do that thing.”  The d

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