Friday, September 16th, 2011

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I made a slight alteration to the name of the blog a couple of weeks ago.  From time-to-time I get questions from people regarding the name.  “Theosophical” is a hybrid of “theology” and “philosophy,” but unfortunately there is a religious group that uses the name: the International Theosophical Society.  I say “unfortunately” because there is little overlap between Theosophy and what I am espousing on this blog, and I do not want anyone thinking I am associated with them.

I first heard the term “theosophical” when I was in seminary.  It was used to describe the confluence of theology and philosophy.  That was before I ever heard of the Theosophical Society, and I didn’t think they should own such a great term!

Needless to say, I decided I would hyphenate theosophical as “theo-sophical” to help distance my blog from any association with Theosophy.  In case you were wondering….

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Mark 1:29-34  And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. 32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. (ESV)

In 1921 Franciscan archaeologists uncovered a 5th century building made up of three co-centric octagons[1] that was, by tradition, built over the site of Peter’s house.  It is only 84’ from the synagogue in Capernaum.  It was not until excavations were renewed in 1968 that they found an apse and a baptistery, making it possible to identify this structure as a basilica.


At long last archaeologists have finally determined the purpose of Stonehenge.