Peter vs. John the Evangelist

Welcome to the Saintly Sixteen! From 32 saints we have narrowed the field to 16. For this round, rather than the basic biographical information we enter the realm of Quirks and Quotes. Our Celebrity Bloggers will provide unusual information or legends surrounding their saints along with quotes either by or about their saints.

Don’t forget, you can always go to the Bracket Tab to easily find previous battles if you need to refresh your basic knowledge on these saints. This is yet another free courtesy extended to you, the Lent Madness Global Public.

In yesterday’s Battle of the Bands, Catherine Winkworth made Isaac Watts sing the blues 56% to 44%. She’ll go on to face Eglantyne Jebb in the Saintly Sixteen.

But that’s all in the past. Today we kick things off with a battle between two Biblical heavyweights, Peter and John the Evangelist. At stake? The Elate Eight.


PeterYou may know the biblical accounts of St. Peter, but have you heard he was a renowned weeper? Tradition tells us he always wore a towel at his chest to wipe the tears from his face. He was prone to cry when he remembered the voice of Jesus, and he always prayed whenever he heard a cock crow — a reminder of how he denied knowing Jesus — and wept some more.

Many miracles were attributed to the penitent Peter. One day, his disciple George died while on a preaching mission. When St. Peter’s staff was laid on his corpse after forty days dead, George came back to life.

As a powerful witness for the Gospel, Peter found himself with an archnemesis, the sorcerer Simon, who aspired to be worshipped as a god through his feats of witchcraft. They first battled wits in Jerusalem, then Peter followed Simon, who ran off to Rome and befriended the nefarious Nero. Along with St. Paul, Peter found Simon in Nero’s court and exposed his sorcery as diabolical. Simon ordered his angels to attack Peter, and Peter replied, “I fear not thine angels, rather do they fear me.” Nero was shocked that Peter did not fear the sorcerer and agreed to provide him with a loaf of bread in secret. The sorcerer demanded Peter show he could read his mind, and Peter said he would do so by thwarting Simon’s schemes. Simon summoned snarling dogs to attack Peter, and Peter fed them the bread he’d secreted from Nero, thus demonstrating he’d known Simon’s plan all along.

Finally, angels of Satan held the sorcerer aloft, and Peter commanded them in the name of Jesus to drop the evil man. Simon was killed. For the loss of his magician, Nero arrested Peter and Paul. In prison, they converted their guards, who then set them free. As they fled the city, Jesus appeared to them and said, “I go to Rome, to be crucified anew!” So they followed him back to Rome. Famously, Peter asked to be crucified upside down. “Lord, I have desired to follow Thee, but I did not wish to be crucified upright. Thou alone art upright and high.”

Paul was also martyred that day, and later the disciple Dionysius saw the two great apostles holding hands and re-entering the city gate, “dressed in shining garments, crowned with light and glory.” Surely it was the holy city they entered, the new Jerusalem, where Christ would wipe every tear from Peter’s eyes, where there is no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away and Christ has made all things new.

(Source: The Golden Legend, a medieval hagiography)

-Amber Belldene


John the Evangelist

What more can be said about Blessed John than to you I have hath said? Apparently, a lot. In round one, we uncovered the startling truth that the man we know as John the Evangelist is probably a mash-up of at least a few New Testament Johns (something like a Gospel version of the Megazord from Power Rangers – it’s morphing time!) To know more about John, we need to immerse ourselves in his parts.

John the Apostle, along with his brother James, was called by our Lord to leave their nets to follow him. While the call to follow Christ must have been compelling, one must sympathize with Zebedee when, in the middle of hauling in the fish, his two sons simply walk away. He is included, along with Peter and James, as the inner circle of Jesus’ inner circle, witnessing both the Transfiguration and our Lord’s anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Curiously enough, the Gospel that bears his name – the Gospel According to Saint John – does not include the story of the Transfiguration. What it does include from the very beginning is a Christ who seems to enter the world already Transfigured. “In him was life,” records the Evangelist, “and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” From this narrative, it is possible to draw a lesson that the Gospel of John goes to great lengths to explore – that Jesus is the light from the very beginning, it just takes us a very long time to figure that out.

After Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, John asserts a great deal of leadership in the early church. For example, when the mission to Samaria resulted in converts to the faith, John goes with Peter to Samaria to lay hands on the neophytes so that “they might receive the Holy Spirit.”

After this, John fades from history into the realm of legend. If John the Apostle is John the Divine/Revelator, then it is widely held that he died in exile on Patmos. This is complicated because Polycrates and Iraneus, both 2nd century bishops, claim that John was martyred in Ephesus. To add to the complexity, third-century-Ephesus couldn’t even decide where in Ephesus the Evangelist was buried with two sites vying for shrine status. Another legend suggest the Apostle avoided martyrdom by miraculously emerging from a cauldron of boiling oil unscathed. And in later versions of the apocryphal Acts of John, the Apostle doesn’t die at all, but ascends to Heaven like Enoch and Elijah. A fitting and fanciful (albeit heretical) end for our Apostle/Evangelist/Seer/Divine.

-Marcus Halley

Peter vs. John the Evangelist

  • Peter (66%, 4,734 Votes)
  • John the Evangelist (34%, 2,479 Votes)

Total Voters: 7,213

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Peter: [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
John: By Juan de Juanes – Web Gallery of Art: Public Domain


168 Comments to "Peter vs. John the Evangelist"

  1. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    March 8, 2018 - 8:03 am | Permalink

    “In the beginning was the Word..” have to go with John and the poetry of this Gospel

    • Caden's Gravatar Caden
      March 8, 2018 - 8:05 am | Permalink

      I agree.

    • Pat S.'s Gravatar Pat S.
      March 8, 2018 - 8:48 am | Permalink

      You are right John’s words are poetry, but as this is a saintly based contest I must go with Peter. Yes he is more human, fear and mistakes did mark his early days but once fully understanding God he, in his humanity, stood stronger and yet kept his humility by asking to be hung upside down when he even tho he was free he followed Jesus back to be killed. That makes him a greater person than most no matter how much they think they believe.

    • March 8, 2018 - 9:05 am | Permalink

      Yes. I, too, an going with John because of his writings.

    • David Lee's Gravatar David Lee
      March 8, 2018 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

      I am with you, Ann.

    • Ray Perica's Gravatar Ray Perica
      March 9, 2018 - 6:22 am | Permalink

      I am with you on this.

  2. Mary-Theresa Anderson's Gravatar Mary-Theresa Anderson
    March 8, 2018 - 8:06 am | Permalink

    John gets my vote.

  3. Francis's Gravatar Francis
    March 8, 2018 - 8:09 am | Permalink


    • John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
      March 8, 2018 - 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Love ’em! They took me in when I was just confirmed, trained me as an acolyte, gave me a chance to sing in the choir at their mission on Bowdoin St. in Boston. This was back in the tumultuous 60’s, so you can imagine what a many-sided life I was leading then.

    • Carol's Gravatar Carol
      March 8, 2018 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

      As a member of FSJ I just go with John.

  4. Michelle's Gravatar Michelle
    March 8, 2018 - 8:11 am | Permalink

    Team Peter all the way.

  5. Barbara Ruhe's Gravatar Barbara Ruhe
    March 8, 2018 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    “In him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” I like “light” quotes–it is a Valparaiso University thing for the University’s motto is “In Your Light We See Light” Psalm 36:9–and in this world, in this time and in this place we need as much light as we can get.

    • Patricia's Gravatar Patricia
      March 8, 2018 - 10:36 am | Permalink

      I’m with you, Barbara. “Like”.

  6. March 8, 2018 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Peter’s quirks and quotes made me laugh today. To think that a 1st century disciple would have a disciple of his own with a very English name: George. So I voted for Peter because of these fanciful stories that made me LOL.

  7. Judy from Cape Cod's Gravatar Judy from Cape Cod
    March 8, 2018 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    I love Peter’s smackdown with Simon. The Rock rocked!!

  8. March 8, 2018 - 8:20 am | Permalink

    I love a weeper

    • Susie Q's Gravatar Susie Q
      March 8, 2018 - 8:36 am | Permalink

      Me too!

    • Gillian's Gravatar Gillian
      March 8, 2018 - 8:51 am | Permalink

      Me too! And Peter’s bumbling always gives me some hope for my sorry attempts to follow Jesus.

      • Lou Ritter's Gravatar Lou Ritter
        March 8, 2018 - 9:05 am | Permalink

        My reason for always loving Peter. A bumbler.

      • Joyce's Gravatar Joyce
        March 8, 2018 - 10:09 pm | Permalink

        Well stated. Peter gets my vote too!

  9. Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
    March 8, 2018 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    It’s not the bios this round but the earlier ones and what we see in the Gospels as the truly human, very flawed Peter, that draws me to him. Just as I was about to vote, I had a flashback to my much younger days and my experience of watching the movie, The Robe. That was powerful. Peter it is. Not to negate the beauty of “In the beginning was the Word…”

    • Maria H.'s Gravatar Maria H.
      March 8, 2018 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

      I agree, Donna and that is one beautiful movie! Go Peter!

  10. TJ's Gravatar TJ
    March 8, 2018 - 8:22 am | Permalink

    John. A guy who can rise from boiling oil unscathed seems like better company than a notorious weeper.

    • Maggie Stephens's Gravatar Maggie Stephens
      March 8, 2018 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Now your response just made me LOL

  11. Patrice's Gravatar Patrice
    March 8, 2018 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    This is too hard this early. It would help if we had one clear version of John to support, because Peter always comes across as so fully human. I’m going to wait for a few more comments to decide.

  12. Kyler~age 13's Gravatar Kyler~age 13
    March 8, 2018 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    Peter all the way

    • Caden--13 Years old's Gravatar Caden--13 Years old
      March 8, 2018 - 8:30 am | Permalink

      I think that John will win. Peter will lose and you better vote for John.

  13. Walter Jaap's Gravatar Walter Jaap
    March 8, 2018 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    We are at another impossible decision; there was only the random number option in Excel to get a decision; peter drew the odd number and it was good so we went there. Next time we have a decision chrisis, I am going with multivariate statistics, and analysis of similarity; alway good to help with complex challenges.

    • Pam Payne's Gravatar Pam Payne
      March 8, 2018 - 11:19 am | Permalink

      Now that is an option that I had not considered!

  14. JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
    March 8, 2018 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    My vote for John has long been sealed by Loreena McKennitt’s haunting “Dark Night of the Soul”.

    • Barbara Bley's Gravatar Barbara Bley
      March 8, 2018 - 11:47 am | Permalink

      Me too! Magic has its place but cannot overcome-light and Love!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 8, 2018 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

      This is beautiful. Thank you!

  15. Judy Hoover's Gravatar Judy Hoover
    March 8, 2018 - 8:31 am | Permalink

    I have a son Peter. How could I not vote for him. Always ready with an answer or jumping up to take charge. I love his character.

  16. Juanita Janeczko's Gravatar Juanita Janeczko
    March 8, 2018 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Not exactly a fair fight: Peter is one very human being while John is a mash-up of three or four. I choose Peter.

  17. Kim Rossi's Gravatar Kim Rossi
    March 8, 2018 - 8:33 am | Permalink

    Peter “rocks” what more is there to say.

  18. Sarah's Gravatar Sarah
    March 8, 2018 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    Loving John, but identifying with the human weaknesses of Peter, for whom I voted.

  19. Marcia Tremmel's Gravatar Marcia Tremmel
    March 8, 2018 - 8:38 am | Permalink

    Sure, anyone who’s been through seminary knows that John the Evangelist is likely a combination of amazingly, faithful, wonderful people, all of whom God used in mighty ways. Still, if God saw fit to bring all of them down through the centuries, so that we might see King Jesus a little better, John gets my vote today. Now, back to Sunday’s sermon, that includes, of course, John 3:16.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 8, 2018 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

      A happy coincidence?

  20. March 8, 2018 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    Peter. I can identify with his “foot in mouth.”

  21. Susan C's Gravatar Susan C
    March 8, 2018 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    This was very tough. I’m going with Peter the flawed human being who paid for his human betrayal of Jesus many times over in his subsequent ministry, that and the fact that he could out-sorcerer the sorcerer. I love the poetry in John the Revelator’s Gospel, even if I don’t understand it all, but the other Johns, while admirable, don’t measure up to the Rock.

  22. Catherine W Huber's Gravatar Catherine W Huber
    March 8, 2018 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    Peter: he could’ve used an SSRI. The Tear Bib was a good idea, though.

  23. Robert C's Gravatar Robert C
    March 8, 2018 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    Peter IS the rock on whom Jesus built His Church. You really cannot beat that.

  24. Jennifer Seaver's Gravatar Jennifer Seaver
    March 8, 2018 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Who dares to call ‘John’ a mashup? Even if there is more than one John writing, these passages are my favorites (and that’s not just because I have visited the Greek Island of Patmos.)

  25. Carolyn D. Mack's Gravatar Carolyn D. Mack
    March 8, 2018 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    A new reason to vote for Peter: like me, the lines from Rock of Ages apply — Should my tears forever flow … these for sin could not atone.

    • Lorna's Gravatar Lorna
      March 8, 2018 - 11:37 am | Permalink


  26. Beverly Redd's Gravatar Beverly Redd
    March 8, 2018 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    I have to go with Peter since he is flawed like most of us. Gives me hope.

  27. March 8, 2018 - 9:06 am | Permalink

    My ‘little” brother is named Peter, how can I not vote for Peter? My bro is a good, caring Christian man who spends his time helping wells in Uganda always doing God’s work.

  28. donavan's Gravatar donavan
    March 8, 2018 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    I wonder if adding “the Evangelist” is shading John’s reception by voters. I find his Gospel to be the most compelling of the four and making his case stronger than all of Peter’s tears.

    • March 8, 2018 - 4:44 pm | Permalink

      Don’t take this too far, but I suppose one could describe John as the “Isaac Watts,” the nonconformist of the evangelists. I’d always considered him shunned as ‘Johnny come lately.’ “Hey, 3’s company, 4’s a crowd. Go find your own material, we ain’t sharing.”
      But maybe John was simply bold enough to be different.

  29. Harriet's Gravatar Harriet
    March 8, 2018 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    Impressed with the little known facts of St. Peter…how he wept. Had to vote for Peter today.

  30. Mollie Douglas Turner+'s Gravatar Mollie Douglas Turner+
    March 8, 2018 - 9:16 am | Permalink

    I love John’s poetic turns of phrase and imagery, and I admire the CB’s research into all the possibilities for unearthing his identity in the biblical narrative. But it’s just that confusion that tipped me toward Peter today: we KNOW some real things about Peter (not that legend about his death in Rome being simultaneous with Paul’s and holding hands at the Pearly Gates…really?!), and because we share in most of those real things (tears, blurtings, misunderstandings, betrayals), I have to stick with him. Rock on, Peter!

    • Peg S.'s Gravatar Peg S.
      March 8, 2018 - 9:28 am | Permalink

      You said it, Mollie!

  31. March 8, 2018 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    As a longtime member of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) community’s “Fellowship of St. John,” my choice is clear.

    The Beloved Disciple has a lot to teach about God’s desire through Christ to draw each of us into the reach of his saving embrace (BCP 101).

  32. Mrs. Casey's Gravatar Mrs. Casey
    March 8, 2018 - 9:28 am | Permalink

    Our entire fifth grade participates in a very moving presentation of “The Living Stations of the Cross.”
    In our classroom, the character of Peter is played by Matthew. So as a majority we had to vote for Peter!
    In other news, our classroom also sports Avery as “A woman of Jerusalem”, Ethan as Barabbas, and our very OWN Oliver, as Pontius Pilate:)

    • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
      March 8, 2018 - 9:30 am | Permalink


    • Pam Payne's Gravatar Pam Payne
      March 8, 2018 - 11:23 am | Permalink

      Fabulous school program. Truly a “living testament “!

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 8, 2018 - 9:09 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the creative work you are doing with your class.

  33. Barbara Meyer's Gravatar Barbara Meyer
    March 8, 2018 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    I identify with Peter and his flawed humanity, but it has always been John’s writings that have carried me through life. Remembering that “thee darkness shall not overcome the ” light, Jesuits

  34. Anne E.B.'s Gravatar Anne E.B.
    March 8, 2018 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    John all the way.

  35. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    March 8, 2018 - 9:40 am | Permalink

    This is a tough one. However, while Jesus dubbed Peter “the rock,” John was the disciple “whom Jesus loved.” If Jesus loved John, who am I to disagree? Also, I am inspired by John’s resting against Jesus. Not only is it a beautiful image in art, it reminds me to ‘rest in Jesus,” too. As a mother myself, it impresses me that Jesus specifically asked/told John to take care of Mary. With such a trifecta, how could I not vote for John?

  36. Barbara Meyer's Gravatar Barbara Meyer
    March 8, 2018 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    I obviously meant Jesus, not Jesuits.

  37. R. Reimer's Gravatar R. Reimer
    March 8, 2018 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    “Jesus is the light from the very beginning, it just takes us a very long time to figure that out” – a wonderful summing up of the grace that is always with us and the slowness on our part to catch on! Voting for John –

  38. Laura Burgess's Gravatar Laura Burgess
    March 8, 2018 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    Both great men beloved by Jesus; but as a faithful member of St Peter’s Episcopal in Chattanooga, well….you know.

  39. Sally in Dallas's Gravatar Sally in Dallas
    March 8, 2018 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    My favorite reading in scripture is the beginning of John’s gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”…memories of discovering this passage years ago as a teenager come sweeping back to me this morning. Being 17 years old and finding Jesus in those words is still stunning to me decades later! St. John will always have my vote…

  40. John Mears's Gravatar John Mears
    March 8, 2018 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    This was a toughie. My parish patronomic saint or my own. In the end the eclesia triumphed over the persona.

  41. Margaret L's Gravatar Margaret L
    March 8, 2018 - 9:55 am | Permalink

    Thank you, all! The Quirks and Quotes Category is a delight as is the suggestion to refresh from the previous biographies. So many good reasons to vote for either Peter or Paul. So, with one cup of coffee and the morning rain I find myself drawn to one action, John bringing comfort to a grieving mother.

  42. rm gens's Gravatar rm gens
    March 8, 2018 - 9:57 am | Permalink

    Sorry Marcus! But Peter just seems more real.

  43. Betty in CV's Gravatar Betty in CV
    March 8, 2018 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    In Celtic tradition, John leaned against Jesus’ chest at fhe Last Supper and listened to the heartbeat of God. That image, of the heart of God beating in all creation is a powerful metaphor for me. . I vote for John, listening to the heartbeat of God.

    • Marian the Lutheran's Gravatar Marian the Lutheran
      March 8, 2018 - 11:30 am | Permalink

      When I read “listening to the heartbeat of God”, I was instantly overwhelmed in tears and longing. All of my logic and theological ideology went out the window and the child in me that years to lean against the breast of the Father and hear the reassuring heartbeat of love took over. It must be John, who did what we all yearn to do.

  44. Betsy in Reston VA's Gravatar Betsy in Reston VA
    March 8, 2018 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    My vote for Peter was actually a vote for Amber Belldene, our celebrity blogger. What great stories, entertainingly told!
    Just can’t get my head around who John is enough to vote for him.

  45. Elaine's Gravatar Elaine
    March 8, 2018 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    Peter had me at “renowned weeper.” Anyone who, like me, suffers from depression must feel a kindred soul at that point.

    The legends are so fascinating, but hagiographies aren’t to be taken literally.

    I’d never heard of John’s martyrdom; I’ve always heard of him as the only Apostle who wasn’t martyred. I find that more believable, though, especially if Irenaeus said so.

  46. Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
    March 8, 2018 - 10:21 am | Permalink

    No, no, No, NO, NO!

    John the Evangelist is NOT a “mashup!” There is nothing (that I know of) to suggest that the Fourth Gospel was not written by a single person. The statement that the author was a composite figure, and therefore mythical, cost him votes in the first round, and he’s not doing very well in the second.

    There is a mashup; but, as was pointed out in the course of Round One, it consists of a conflation of the Gospel author with John the Apostle, John the Divine, and maybe others. We are free to believe that the Evangelist was the same as any or all of the others and, if we do, to add their virtues to his in determining our vote; but the figure of the Evangelist, like his glowing words and seminal theology, stands alone. Poor, slandered John!

    I reproach the author of the biography for persisting in a novel and to the best of my knowledge unfounded theory through mistaking it for the one actually in circulation. If I am mistaken in this, I welcome correction and have an apology at the ready.

    Meanwhile I ask your prayers for deliverance from the sin of wrath. Alas, it will come too late; for my ballot, cast in the very heat of anger, is already in the box.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 8, 2018 - 10:43 am | Permalink

      I’m with you, Davis. I thought surely our CB would not continue this angle of Johannine conflation. If that is the approach we are to take, then my vote for Simon/Peter today will be for Simeon at the Presentation, Simon the Zealot, Simon the Tanner in Acts, and the writer of the epistles of Peter. Surely they were all the same person!

      • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
        March 8, 2018 - 11:10 am | Permalink

        After whom the city of Petra was named.

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          March 8, 2018 - 11:25 am | Permalink

          Of course!

          • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
            March 8, 2018 - 3:43 pm | Permalink

            All that being said, I have to give a shout-out for Marcus’ blog! It’s provocative and powerful.

    • Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
      March 8, 2018 - 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for this! After reading the first round’s blog post and this round, I’m still confused about the conflations.

    • March 8, 2018 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I’m not exactly sure what a ‘mash up’ means in this situation, but I do not see any reason to disparage ANY saint in LM for being a composite character. Nor do I see any reason to engage in the extremely difficult task of believing that anything following verses 30 and 31 of the 20th chapter of the gospel was written by the same person who wrote what preceded that first ending.

    • Becky's Gravatar Becky
      March 9, 2018 - 12:34 am | Permalink

      I agree! Why was a writer chosen to present the beloved disciple of Jesus, John, to us who doesn’t even believe he was a real person? It bothered me all morning.

  47. March 8, 2018 - 10:34 am | Permalink

    Peter bested Paul on the first day of Lent Madness this year. I was so torn that day because I valued both Peter and Paul. And while I do like the Gospel of John, I am drawn more to Peter as that guy who may stumble and fall, but gets up and gets a little stronger each time. I get that.

  48. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 8, 2018 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    I was utterly dumbfounded by this choice. I didn’t even know where to begin. At this point I have no idea what John is even at issue in the vote. Are we talking about the gospel of John or a person? On the other hand, Peter with the gift of tears. That was not attractive. I thought of an earlier saint with the “gift of tears,” who did not go far in the bracket. I finally found something to like in the “heretical apostle.” Below is a link to a description of John, which continues the theme that we don’t know who John is. So I voted for John, somewhat as a vote for “the unknown soldier.” And I thought of the vision of the transfigured Christ, who both is and is not even visible to us. What exactly is it we are seeing? And so I voted by way of Paul, who says, work out your salvation by fear and trembling. That is, I take it, we don’t have ultimate knowledge. Stay the course; run your race. We aren’t going to know in this life. But we are choosing the world in everything we do. Be good to one another and have faith. I am voting for all unknown, struggling believers. May they have peace and influence the world for better.

    • Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
      March 8, 2018 - 10:45 am | Permalink

      Peter, because I too have failed to bear witness to Christ fully and still am loved by God.

      • Jill Liberty's Gravatar Jill Liberty
        March 8, 2018 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

        That is really telling and beautiful, Ellen. Is there anyone among us who can claim to bear witness to Christ fully in this parlous age?

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 8, 2018 - 11:08 am | Permalink

      But-but-but the link makes the same mistake as the bio! The question’s not, “Who is John the Evangelist?” We know that: the Gospel writer. So, because all we know about him is his work, the Gospel and the person are in that sense the same.

      The question is, “Was the Evangelist also the Apostle and/or the Revelator? As to that, views differ. For me, John’s gospel is so stunningly powerful that I don’t much worry about whether he was the same as the others who, by the way, also stand as individuals. The conflation is purely optional and, from what I’m told about the peculiar Greek used in Revelation, especially parlous as to that wing of the triad.

      Sorry to persist in my ranting, but I think Paul would approve.

      • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
        March 8, 2018 - 11:20 am | Permalink

        I think what you’re saying is: the gospel is John. “John” is the text. Beyond that, we don’t know. Paul put his faith in a voice. It’s more rabbinical to place one’s faith in writing, in a text. By this logic, “John” seems the more Judaic vote. I recognize the poetry in the gospel of John. I also find the binary division into darkness and light implacable. I myself am mottled, filled with shadows, demi-light. I have been taught to seek shades of grey. “Nevertheless, she persisted.” I voted for John despite my doubts. I love Paul’s rhetoric, but he too inserted an implacable element into Christianity. Perhaps Peter is more “human” and I should have voted for him. But there is something about the way poetry balks our knowledge, something about the way the divine is absolutely unavailable to us in mortal flesh, that seems crystallinely true. I voted for John.

        • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
          March 8, 2018 - 11:52 am | Permalink

          Does it help to think that against the light of Christ all else is darkness?

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 8, 2018 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

            In him there is no darkness at all.
            The night and the day are both alike.
            The lamb is the light of the city of God.
            Shine in my heart, lord Jesus.

            one of my favorite hymns

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 8, 2018 - 4:32 pm | Permalink

            What is light? Photons
            which are particles composed
            of light, which is waves
            streaming into my ocular
            nerve, which is a knot
            of darkness at the base
            of my brain, knitting
            the back of my vision orb
            to the sea of dream-things
            that float just out of reach.

            Oh how I wish I could pluck
            sugared fire-flies from that tree
            standing ever in sunlight
            at the far horizon of my sight,
            whose every fruit is delight,
            whose petals pulse bright,
            whose last soughing sigh is . . . delight.

        • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
          March 8, 2018 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

          “Glory be to God for dappled things”!

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 8, 2018 - 3:57 pm | Permalink

            Hopkins. Thank you.

        • Belle's Gravatar Belle
          March 8, 2018 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

          With all of the accusations against “the Jews” contained in John’s gospel, he is hardly the more “Judaic” choice. It is also not particularly “rabbinical” to place one’s faith in writing, any more than it was Christian or Roman (to name two of many traditions that valued texts). The ancient Judaic oral tradition that contains the details of how to keep the commandments was only committed to writing because of the danger that it would be lost, especially after the Romans conquered and then ravaged Judaea. Even much later, the advent of the printing press brought tremendous concern among rabbis that teachings would be ossified if put into print and widely disseminated, rather than continue to be a living tradition.

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 8, 2018 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

            I am not qualified to take on midrash, the Talmud, or Torah. But here is Tracy McNulty, who argues in Wrestling with the Angel, that with Paul Christianity commits itself to voice over text, as opposed to Judaism, in a manner that places dread into the very center of Christian theology, as opposed to Judaism, which tries to mitigate the demands of unmediated deity. She refers to Rashi, a medieval French rabbi, who “suggests that the voice of God took the form of a single, terrifying utterance, so unbearable that the people of Israel begged Moses to shield them from God’s voice by speaking the commandments for them, mediating its awesome force” (141). Rashi then says Judaism humanizes the law by “recourse to the symbolic limits implied in speech, and writing in particular.” Putting the law into writing allows the people to hold at a distance God’s terrible voice (the “bat qol,” I’m going to say, the “daughter of thunder” that at Jesus’ baptism identifies him as chosen). McNulty is arguing that this approach allows Judaism to “take responsibility” for fulfilling the law in a manner distinct from Pauline Christianity, where Paul argues that the voice of the internal spirit abrogates the law. She is highly critical of Paul, in a way I find very interesting. She is applying Lacanian psychoanalytical theory to Christian theology, to say that Christianity places a demanding “superego” into spirituality through the Pauline internal voice of the spirit; she believes Judaism does a better job of buffering its believers from the unmitigated demands of divinity. Christianity thus has a tendency to be more violent in its ethics than Judaism, to expect people to accept unlimited demands on their spirit from an implacable voice. She writes: “Paul makes exposure to this super-egoic violence the very basis of ethics, identifying not simply a hermeneutic error or a lack of faith but a severe ethical failing or cowardice in the refusal to open oneself to the Voice, not just in its love, but in its violence” (143). McNulty is challenging Christianity to consider at a very deep level how Christian “love” is also a form of spiritual violence. I find it a powerful analysis. Consider John Donne: “Batter my heart, three-person’d God.”

            As for accusations against “the Jews,” that is a separate issue and seems more applicable to Matthew’s gospel, imo.

          • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
            March 8, 2018 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

            That is definitely food for thought on a deep and long term basis.. Thank you!

          • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
            March 8, 2018 - 8:21 pm | Permalink

            St. Celia, how appropriate that you hold up Rashi today — International Women’s Day — Rashi, in defiance of accepted rabbinic thought and practice educated his three daughters in the Talmud to the point that they scared off potential suitors.

      • March 8, 2018 - 11:45 am | Permalink

        Excellent points. And, if it were possible to change my vote from Peter to John the Evangelist, I would do so.

        Before reading your post, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for John, in spite of the soul-stirring start to his Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word.” I just couldn’t vote for a mash-up that might include John of Patmos, the writer of the Book of Revelations, the part of the Bible that is so bewildering to me.

        But, we were not voting on a mash-up; we were voting on John THE EVANGELIST.

        Sorry, John. Perhaps I can vote for you in future Lent Madness Tournaments?

        • Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
          March 8, 2018 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

          It makes me happy to learn that John the Evangelist is likely not the author of Revelations. I admire and love the Gospel. But I’m with author C.J. Sansom in believing that Revelations is an evil book.

          • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
            March 8, 2018 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

            “Evil” seems like a strong, strange dismissal of a canonical book of the Bible. I would prefer to think in terms of interpretation, that fundamentalism is the evil that all religions struggle against. A literal, fundamentalist interpretation of any of the books of the Bible (or of the Koran) is a problem for believers, of any faith. The book of Revelation is especially vulnerable to misuse, precisely because it presents a vision rather than dogma. If we seek out any culture’s fundamentalist “flashpoints,” we will find that culture’s weaknesses, where its values decline into fetishes. I would point to the second amendment as a weak spot in American democracy, where fundamentalism presently rules and guns are a fetish rather than an object of rational policy discourse. I would agree that fundamentalism is an evil.

          • Elaine Chilcote's Gravatar Elaine Chilcote
            March 8, 2018 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

            I like Sansom’s mysteries very much. But he is making the assertion that Revelation is “an evil book” in the words of a fictional character. Sansom is not a Biblical scholar but an historian and mystery writer. Revelation fits into a long history of Jewish apocalyptic writings, especially the book of Daniel. It is addressed to “the seven churches” and deals with realities of the time and is not a prediction, hidden in code, of future events. Apparently it was meant to reassure persecuted Christians that good would triumph in the end. It seems odd for a Christian to decide that a writing that was judged worthy to be included in the canon of sacred scripture is “an evil book.”

          • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
            March 8, 2018 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

            Well then, how do you feel about the Revelation which is the book in the Bible — last one in the Christian scriptures?

  49. WB's Gravatar WB
    March 8, 2018 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    I like to imagine Peter saying, “I’m not crying… it’s just really hot in here.”

  50. RoseMarie's Gravatar RoseMarie
    March 8, 2018 - 10:42 am | Permalink

    JOHN In the beginning Light☀️

  51. Sandra's Gravatar Sandra
    March 8, 2018 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Peter for me, because he continues to battle himself and for others.

  52. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 8, 2018 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    The church in which my faith was first nurtured was named for John the Evangelist. I am now serving in a church named for Peter. It is a difficult call today, but in the end I cast my vote for the author of the Gospel of John, whichever John he was. The poetry of his writing illumines the mystery of the incarnation and is a source of joy. And as an aside, a soggy Peter, clad in a towel wet with his own tears, doesn’t strike me as much of an advocate for the gospel.

    • Cricket Cooper's Gravatar Cricket Cooper
      March 8, 2018 - 7:02 pm | Permalink


  53. Mindy Duryea's Gravatar Mindy Duryea
    March 8, 2018 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    I didn’t want to vote for either but ended up with John

  54. Betty A Morris's Gravatar Betty A Morris
    March 8, 2018 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    I voted for John because the words in his Gospel and the ones that come to me when I need them. Also, I don’t care for all the legends that are used like the ones today for Peter. The Peter of the Gospels, Acts and the Letters should be enough. The “legends” are more fairy tales to me from old Roman Catholic books. Not inspiring or interesting.

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 8, 2018 - 11:35 am | Permalink

      Let us remember that The Golden Legend is from the late 13th century, so is pre-Reformation. It is not an “old Roman Catholic book” unless you distinguish Roman Catholicism from eastern Orthodoxy. That great schism took place in the 11th century. But medieval hagiographies are central to Christian tradition, that tradition being understood as split all the way along, between western and eastern, between (much later) Protestant and Roman Catholic, between trinitarian and non-trinitarian. Medieval hagiography is an important branch of Christian spirituality, not less valuable than modern “Christian science,” say. And the question of which texts are authoritative and canonical has always been an ongoing issue; who knows what papyrus manuscripts might still turn up in clay urns in the desert?

      • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
        March 8, 2018 - 11:55 am | Permalink

        “Not less valuable than modern “Christian science.” You said it, honey!

  55. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 8, 2018 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    My name is the feminine form of one, but I was born the day after the feast day the other shares with another famous martyr.

    Since Peter’s martyrdom is more of an agreed upon thing, I’m voting for him. If he wins the Golden Halo he’ll probably say he’s not worthy of it and weep though.

  56. Victoria Stefani's Gravatar Victoria Stefani
    March 8, 2018 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    John’s writing is glorious, but I vote for Peter, for his humanity, his fallibility, his penitence, his deep love of Jesus, and the way that, after Jesus’s death and resurrection, he lived the gospel to the end of his own life.

  57. Kirianne's Gravatar Kirianne
    March 8, 2018 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    Jacobus de Voragine, who wrote the Golden Legend, imagined many wonderful stories and had a gift for melodrama, but the bio of John takes care to be grounded. Even though Peter did proclaim the Christ, I have to go with John just to cast a vote for truth over fancy. It’s a tough matchup.

  58. March 8, 2018 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    I love Peter’s adventures and his humility. When he turned around to return to Jerusalem he won my vote!

  59. Marjorie Kemp's Gravatar Marjorie Kemp
    March 8, 2018 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    I feel I need to say something about what has bothered me since I first glimpsed this year’s picks. As soon as I saw that disciples and perhaps “saints” were included this year, I Knew that one of them would end up with the golden halo. They already Have theirs. Surely someone else here in these pairings is worth one of his/her own.

  60. Marie Jones (Mama J)'s Gravatar Marie Jones (Mama J)
    March 8, 2018 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    Davis, my friend, RELAX! Close your eyes, take a deep cleansing breath and let it out s l o w l y. . . .
    There now, are we at peace? Yes? We wouldn’t want to lose you in a paroxysm of apoplexy! You are so correct in your points about the ‘amalgam John’ issue.
    The weepy Peter image leaves me feeling a bit hopeless even though I can identify with him on so many levels. John, on the other hand, makes my mind soar in his poetic imagery and continual reference to ‘ruah’, the creative ‘breath of God,’ in our lives imparting the hope of salvation!

    • Davis Dassori's Gravatar Davis Dassori
      March 8, 2018 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, I feel much better now.

  61. Melissa alias mendela's Gravatar Melissa alias mendela
    March 8, 2018 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    Such interesting things influence our votes ……I reread the initial descriptions of the 32 for the contenders, and although I didnt vote for John in the first round, comparing that write up with Peter’s swayed me!

  62. Joanne B. Parrott's Gravatar Joanne B. Parrott
    March 8, 2018 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    John: In the beginning was the Word & the Word was God
    John: At the end A Revelation I AM the Alpha & Omega,
    the beginning & the end. Full circle vision.

  63. Brenda McHenry's Gravatar Brenda McHenry
    March 8, 2018 - 11:45 am | Permalink

    Peter–the Rock to be built on. And I was not sure which John I was asked to vote for.

  64. Rev. Cynthia D. Pape's Gravatar Rev. Cynthia D. Pape
    March 8, 2018 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’m in with Peter. The John composite gives me a headache, although it is well written. I didn’t know Peter was a weepy guy. Interesting.

  65. john w miller's Gravatar john w miller
    March 8, 2018 - 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I go for Peter, the flawed and enthusiastic human being who loved Jesus with a passion that I can ID with. John seems like a merger of several persons.

  66. Christina Thom's Gravatar Christina Thom
    March 8, 2018 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Peter is human in every sense. His hands are dirty. If you saw him at the door on a bad day he would sit down with you cry on your shoulder and make fish for lunch. Peter has the attributes that I always vote for he was approachable and of the people. in ending,
    Peter makes me laugh.

  67. March 8, 2018 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m disappointed that John the Evangelist is losing, partly because he was the subject of my dissertation. I had him going all the way. Another great resource for quirks, quotes and legends on J the E is R. Alan Culpepper’s “John Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend”

  68. Barbara MacRobie's Gravatar Barbara MacRobie
    March 8, 2018 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    “My name is Simon. I catch fish. But you can call me Rocky.” He has my vote.

  69. Donna Clark's Gravatar Donna Clark
    March 8, 2018 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I hope in this day and age we are becoming more comfortable with the tears of men. I am not much of a crier, but I have to say that there are times when I am moved by the Spirit and tears flood my eyes in an almost miraculous way. They are not emotional tears exactly, but from some other source, come as a sign or connection. Some of Peter’s tears may have been this kind. The rest seem to me to be the result of Peter living so powerfully in the moment.

  70. Jeanne King's Gravatar Jeanne King
    March 8, 2018 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    This match up will bust my bracket. I have John winning the Golden Halo. It looks like he will be knocked out here. :>(

  71. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    March 8, 2018 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

    How can you not love a person who rose above his flaws, but remained humble to the end? Peter!

  72. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    March 8, 2018 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who thinks the martyrdom of Peter is “undisputed” better think again. The 2nd and 3rd centuries are rife with fathers of the Church who argued the point with some vigor. One claimed that Peter never went to Rome, another that Peter went to Rome as an apostle but was never a bishop, a third that at one time there were two Bishops in Rome (Linus and AnaCletus?) while Peter was there as an Apostle, etc., etc. That the church in Rome offered an official narrative after the fact is the only undisputed fact in the matter. Anyone who pursues Church History into the earliest centuries soon learns that “what really happened” is difficult if not impossible to reconstruct. Or as one historian observed, the longer a person has been dead, the more we “know” about them. He was speaking about Pythagoras, but the same rules apply in sacred history as in secular. Of course, none of this has any bearing on how we vote in this round, just as it has no weight in how we vote about John, whoever he was (or they were). For my part, John 16:33 (my favorite verse in Scripture) and 19:36 carried the day. Meanwhile I enjoy the legends for what they are, entertaining fictions that carry truths too deep for rational minds (or the rational part of anyone’s mind) to comprehend. Had to go with John!

    • St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
      March 8, 2018 - 2:23 pm | Permalink

      “The longer a person has been dead, the more we ‘know’ about them.” I love it. Also: what we know we don’t know isn’t the problem; the problem is what we don’t know that we don’t know!

      • Karen Sculley's Gravatar Karen Sculley
        March 8, 2018 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

        good response! I agree 🙂

      • John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
        March 8, 2018 - 7:02 pm | Permalink

        Indeed this is true! There was a book compiled a couple or three decades ago called “The Encyclopedia of Ignorance.” It started me thinking along those lines. I’m not sure what the author of I Timothy (Paul or someone using his name) meant by “knowledge falsely so called,” but there’s a lot of it floating around.

  73. Patti's Gravatar Patti
    March 8, 2018 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Peter as he is our church’s namesake and saint – St. Peter’s.

  74. Margaret P Hasselman's Gravatar Margaret P Hasselman
    March 8, 2018 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I love the “mashup” John. And how about those letters?

  75. Lucy Porter's Gravatar Lucy Porter
    March 8, 2018 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m so grateful that we have both Peter and John. I do so need them both: Peter for comfort when I realize how far short of worthiness I fall, and John for inspiration from the Gospel and all the other writings collected under his/their name. Regardless of who wrote down the words, they were inspired by God. If they were written imperfectly, the writers have been forgiven, just as Peter was forgiven, just as each of us is forgiven. Not can be, but is. Now, for which one will I vote? I think it is John, with the inspiring poetry that nourishes and uplifts me day by day.

  76. Blanche Stevens's Gravatar Blanche Stevens
    March 8, 2018 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I am going with Peter because he seems to be the first to realize Gentiles could be part of the body of Christ.

    • Belle's Gravatar Belle
      March 8, 2018 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

      Wasn’t that Paul?

      • Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
        March 8, 2018 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

        Actually, I believe Peter had his vision of a giant sheet filled with all kinds of animals, and a voice saying, “Peter, take and eat,” when Peter had NEVER eaten any “unclean” meat, and then the Romans showed up at the door inviting him to come explain the gospel to them — I think all this happened before Paul was taken to Antioch and started ministering to gentiles. Acts 10.

      • Christina Thom's Gravatar Christina Thom
        March 8, 2018 - 11:03 pm | Permalink

        Nope, read the book of Acts. under nets, unclean food,Cornelius,roof,baptism.

  77. March 8, 2018 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    “Lord, save me!” is often my go to prayer and I’ve always loved Peter.

  78. Tom Coleman's Gravatar Tom Coleman
    March 8, 2018 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    I think we have a couple of naughty priests on our hands. Paul vs Peter in the first round and then Peter vs John in the second. You knew this was going to happen. Way too much stress this early in the game.
    I love John, the disciple that Jesus loved and his gospel has meant so much to me, and explained so much.
    But still had to go with the very human Peter, the rock. The lord chose him for a reason.
    What a wonderful story his life is. What a teaching! How hope giving!

  79. Mary W.'s Gravatar Mary W.
    March 8, 2018 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I voted for the most alliterative author. Ok, maybe not, but Peter’s always been my favorite, and I love the part about him always tearing up.

  80. Donna Kerry's Gravatar Donna Kerry
    March 8, 2018 - 3:57 pm | Permalink

    You had me at the Power Rangers reference. Voted for John.

  81. Judy's Gravatar Judy
    March 8, 2018 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I live in Toledo, Spain and often visit the El Greco museum here where there is a whole set of portraits of the apostles. The one of Peter is my favorite, with a tear glistening in one eye.

  82. Karen R's Gravatar Karen R
    March 8, 2018 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    I am unable to believe that John, whomever he might be, wrote the Bible I read today. While the words are lovely, they have been translated from Hebrew or Aramaic, to Greek or Latin, and thus to English. I did give John some thought, but at last voted for the conflicted, imperfect man transformed and humbled by his encounter with Jesus. Peter the Fisher of Men, please.

  83. Adelaide Kent's Gravatar Adelaide Kent
    March 8, 2018 - 4:20 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know which John I am voting for, but I know there is only one Peter.

  84. Jill Liberty's Gravatar Jill Liberty
    March 8, 2018 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Peter. He is earthy, flawed, and emblematic of Jesus’ message. The Jewish literary critic Eric Auerbach said that, no matter whether or not one espouses the veracity of the Gospels, the story turns the prevailing attitude of worthiness on its head. Elevation by reason of bloodline, money, or power is refuted time and again by the way in which Jesus chose his followers and by the examples in the narrative of those he chose to befriend.

    I love the KJV version of the Prologue to the Gospel of John. It is one of the most beautiful passages I have I have ever read in English. I’ve looked at the Latin, to which the KJV translation is mostly faithful, but it doesn’t resonate for me as clearly as the KJV version does. I have yet to look at the Greek.

    We really don’t know if the John we refer to is a “mashup,” but we do learn from Scripture that Peter was one of us. His very human failure to acknowledge Jesus on the eve of the Crucifixion was followed by his dedication to spread his Lord and friend’s calling, to accept his transition from disciple (student) to apostle (literally “one sent away”) to go out to spread the Gospel “unto all lands.”. As for the story of Peter’s weeping, I think it embodies not only his sorrow but his deep compassion for the suffering of others and the realization that we can never hope to achieve fully our desire to achieve the “Imitatio Christi” in this life but that that is no excuse not to try.

  85. Anne Buster's Gravatar Anne Buster
    March 8, 2018 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I think this is one of those times that it’s more about blogger versus blogger than saint versus saint. The argument for John is not as impassioned or dramatic as the argument for Peter. For me, my love of John’s Gospel outweighs any arguments.

  86. Judy Bye's Gravatar Judy Bye
    March 8, 2018 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I loved this. Amber and Marcus wrote such fun things. Then I read the comments. I had to go back and read the blogs. In the ’70’s I told my youth group we could do anything they wanted. Much to my surprise they immediately said they wanted to know about the Book of Revelation! I couldn’t believe it. Why? Because the kids at school were talking about the Apocalypse. The rest of THAT meeting was quite a learning experience for me. The Episcopal Church had done a horrible job of teaching senior high kids anything about the bible. So, I don’t have a thing to say about the writers. The “message” I take from the blogs and all the comments is how very powerfully and wonderfully our lives have been affected by these old stories and our own experiences of a loving God. We connect to the ancients by quoting them in the places where we understand what they knew and frequently died to tell us. I voted for John. I’m over my snit. I think.

  87. Christopher's Gravatar Christopher
    March 8, 2018 - 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram voto meo, projiciam

  88. Yet another margaret's Gravatar Yet another margaret
    March 8, 2018 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Crying men leave me cold. John gets my vote.

  89. Candace's Gravatar Candace
    March 8, 2018 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Went with John. No matter how many “versions” of John contemporary criticism wants to offer us, the impact of the Gospel, Revelation and the epistles in the Canon cannot be denied. The beauty of His Gospel alone takes my vote for John! Not that I don’t love Peter for flawed humanity, I do! Tough vote today!

  90. Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
    March 8, 2018 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know why I can’t get my head around a saint who is an amalgamation of 4 different historical/literary figures. I have never had any trouble with the Trinity. Maybe 4 is just too many? So I cast my vote for the repentant, weeping Peter. Also, my brother is Peter, and he is a rock to his children.

  91. Cricket Cooper's Gravatar Cricket Cooper
    March 8, 2018 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    The first parish I served as a very young priest was St. John the Evangelist in St. Paul, MN.
    I vote for John today in thanksgiving for their kindness to my newly-ordained, 28 year old self.
    Thank you, St. John’s! And, St. John!

  92. John Lewis's Gravatar John Lewis
    March 8, 2018 - 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Indeed this is true! There was a book compiled a couple or three decades ago called “The Encyclopedia of Ignorance.” It started me thinking along those lines. I’m not sure what the author of I Timothy (Paul or someone using his name) meant by “knowledge falsely so called,” but there’s a lot of it floating around.

  93. andrea's Gravatar andrea
    March 8, 2018 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Peter. I liked his story, his battling the sorcerer, and that he showed true remorse for denying Jesus-and became “The Rock”, and maybe as Catherine pointed out he could have used an SSRI. Though I would also like to think that some of the times when he wept, that he was weeping tears of joy.

  94. Amanda Williams's Gravatar Amanda Williams
    March 8, 2018 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    He had me at the towel.

  95. March 8, 2018 - 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Shouldn’t it be Phoebe vs John the Evangelist ?

  96. Carol from the North's Gravatar Carol from the North
    March 8, 2018 - 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I love Peter for his humaness, His trying soooo hard and failing. Reminds me of me.

  97. Anthony Lee's Gravatar Anthony Lee
    March 8, 2018 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Well, who cares if “John” was probably a mash-up of at least three different people?–an apostle, an evangelist, an apocalypticist [sic], etc. Whoever wrote whatever, they’re all profound works of theology and spirituality, and I’ll vote for all the Johns together.

  98. Ronald Hicks's Gravatar Ronald Hicks
    March 8, 2018 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Much as I’d like to vote for the author of beginning of the Gospel of John, I just can’t believe that such a profound understanding of the meaning of Jesus was the work on one person. So gotta go with Peter; what we know about him seems more attributable to him specifically.

  99. Mary Lou Creamer's Gravatar Mary Lou Creamer
    March 8, 2018 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Peter is my rock!

  100. David Bains's Gravatar David Bains
    March 8, 2018 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Come on people! How can we go for the apostle of order over the apostle of love? The New York cathedral, even though unfinished is so much better than Washington, and only half of it is Peter’s! Vote for John!

  101. March 8, 2018 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I had to write for Peter because we know that there was one of him. And yes, he IS a rock Ia statement coming from some 30 miles easy of the Rocky Mountains).

  102. Rosemary Tseng's Gravatar Rosemary Tseng
    March 8, 2018 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Peter for 2 basic reasons. First, we know who Peter is! There’s no confusion about Peter’s identity, his ministry, and his martyrdom. Second, I identify with Peter-he is the lovable but flawed apostle. I’ve heard him described as a “bull-in-a-china shop. I can get behind this “patron saint of klutzes”!!

  103. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    March 8, 2018 - 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Those stories about Peter!

  104. Becky's Gravatar Becky
    March 9, 2018 - 12:26 am | Permalink

    Why was someone who doesn’t even believe John was a real person get chosen to represent his case to all of us? This is true lent MADNESS. And John’s awesome teachings on love weren’t even mentioned. Doesn’t seem quite fair to John’s chances.

    • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
      March 9, 2018 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

      The CB didn’t state an unbelief in the personhood of John. What was stated was that the figure known as John the Evangelist was quite probably an composite of several REAL person s bearing the name of John.

  105. March 9, 2018 - 4:01 am | Permalink

    Had to go with John on account of his Gospel.

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