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Tao of John 19 - The Seer's Messianic Attributes Must Be Balanced with The Goodness of His Deeds

The Seer's deeds are not made prominent
Instead the messianic haze is raised
Exclusive speculation rambles on
And in the end the Seer ends up praised
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To wrestle with the messianic heart
of the New Testament text 
is easy enough for the non-believer
But what if the critic is one who
wishes to vindicate and hold up the true universality
of the Seer and his way
The deeds of the Seer are vouched for in John
but you could not list them beyond a few
gauzy miracles
What predominates is what predominated
within a few generations
back then
It was easier to create a supposition about the Seer 
that would conform with the priestly
dictates of religion
than to acknowledge that the Seer meant to change human beings
in this life and and to change the world
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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…