Author Archives: Ron Goetz

About Ron Goetz

Husband, Father, Author

Gay Jew Jesus: Luke 17:34-35 was not Spoken BY Jesus, but is ABOUT Jesus

The realization that Jesus was a gay Jew came to me at the end of a decade of research. A year ago I was forced to answer the question, “What do you really believe happened?” I’ve known for years that … Continue reading

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Gay Jew Jesus: Adapting the Original Version

After 10 years of blogging and digging and systematically reasoning based on the evidence, I have concluded that Jesus was gay. When I finally admitted this to myself, and realized that I would have to share this publicly, I responded … Continue reading

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Existential Trauma in Religious Primates

Some friends are discussing existential trauma. We primates experience existential trauma to different degrees, and often have different names for it. Catholic primates acknowledge it as The Dark Night of the Soul. As on any Bell Curve, some few primstes … Continue reading

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Jesus has Some Flocks We Don’t Know About, and Some We Know About and Hate

People who condemn the periodic violent outbursts of poor communities have not seen the long-range (and we’re talking decades and centuries), the long-range positive changes made in response to violence by the classes which govern. Democracy, socialism, progressive streams–all these … Continue reading

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“…except to manipulate it.”

“It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.” Billy Graham–American Evangelist (Parade, 1981)

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Wasted Years: Shame, Guilt or Regret?

Word choice. Choosing between shame (which is exceedingly intense) and guilt (which depending on the “crime” could result in the death penalty) I think regret is often a better choice to describe feelings about ourselves. Regret can be deep, but … Continue reading

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Bug Zappers in Heavenly Places

The heavenlies are mysterious, and unseen. Unseen forces do spill over into what we see and understand all the time. My dog hears our bug zapper pop when a gnat dies–and freaks out. He doesn’t understand what that snap is, … Continue reading

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What Torah Did for Us

Chimps don’t have a fallen nature. But they do nurture their young, show one another tenderness and affection, and drive out of the community members who don’t conform to group norms. That last one is a real, tribal, natural instinct. … Continue reading

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The Role of Three Primate Instincts in Human Affairs

Christians, like all other primates, are born with a multitude of instincts, which come in various strengths. These include the instincts for hierarchy, justice, and order. The instinct for hierarchy, evidenced by our phrase “pecking order”, puts alpha primates in … Continue reading

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The Bethsaida Trial: What did We Know and When did We Know It?

There is evidence of a Second-Temple era trial in Bethsaida ca. 29 C.E. If confirmed, my conjecture pinpoints the catalytic event for the birth.of both Rabbinic Judaism and Christendom. In 1962 Jacob Neusner published A Life of Yohanan Ben Zakkai. … Continue reading

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