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What Would Jesus Say About Distortions Of His Teachings?

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The lack of access to the words of the religions masters and founders enabled religious leaders to distort the teachings of these towering figures to reflect their own ideologies.

The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint John the Baptist (c.1509) by Fra The four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-...

The Bible Unlocked: Becoming a Christ

Kristina Kaine | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Kristina Kaine

The Bible is the story of the developing human spirit. The books of the Bible tell us where we came from, where we are going, and how to get there. Fr...

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

Easter on My Island

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Although the sun has come out in Montreal, warm and shining, and the skies carry the hope of the onset of spring, during these days of the upcoming Gr...

Am I a Sinner? Are You? Is God?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've never been able to get my mind around the concept of original sin and its corollary, Jesus's atoning death on the cross.

Oh My God! Jesus Actor Falls From Cross

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Weird News

This Jesus also returned to Earth -- the hard way. Watch an actor playing Jesus Christ fall from a towering cross during a crucifixion re-enactment. P...

Keeping the Faith in a Time of Terror

Jim Friedrich | Posted 03.25.2017 | Religion
Jim Friedrich

Keep your mind in hell, and despair not. -- Staretz Silouan Ah, children, ah, dear friends, do not be afraid of life! -- Fyodor Dostoevsky How ...

Crucifixion of Jesus: Scapegoating, Discrimination and the Cross

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 03.26.2017 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

As Easter approaches, Christians turn their thoughts and spirits toward the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Rejection of LGBT Christian Ads Shows Limits of Social Media

Kittredge Cherry | Posted 03.26.2017 | Queer Voices
Kittredge Cherry

"The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is not pornography and shows no more nudity or violence than a standard Stations of the Cross. Sometimes Facebook blocked its ads for being too "shocking" or "scary," and other times they banned the ad as porn. Queer Christianity seems to scare the censors at Facebook

Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.26.2017 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age.

Morgan Freeman Visits Site Thought To Be Tomb Of Jesus In New Show

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre is believed to be the site where Jesus was both crucified and buried. Due to the prominence of those events i...

'Risen' Should Satisfy the Christian Community, but What About Other Audiences?

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.19.2017 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Faith-based movies have to walk a cinematic tightrope. They can not be too preachy. They can not be amateurish in the acting. They can not stray from their basic message. They must be just as entertaining as the non-faith-based movies with which they compete.

A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If I'm...

Beautiful Church, Dead Jesus

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I'm a big fan of architecture and all things beautiful. I'm also a big fan of the religions of the world. So naturally, during a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many Old World cathedrals and churches as my three-week itinerary would allow.

God and the Battle Over Women's Bodies (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.24.2016 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What happens when we explore the parallels between wars among nations and the war on women's bodies.

Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.

After Easter: Why Christianity is Failing in America

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?"

Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Given this horrible history, it's no surprise that for centuries Easter posed great danger for Jews. Good Friday church services have traditionally included passion plays that reenact the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.

Good Friday:Christ's Offering and Ours

Christine Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I always feel a stirring in my heart during Holy week. The weight of a heavy shadow hovers over me, as I reflect on the torturing assault Christ endured on that fateful day.

The Only Pain Worse Than Crucifixion

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

Last week I had lunch with the pastor of the church where I'm currently the writer-in-residence. I asked him how the three members of the Trinity -- God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit -- decided who was going to have to take on physical form, be born in a barn, and then be crucified.

"Surely Not Me": The Death of Jesus and Corporate Sin

Alan P. Sherouse | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Alan P. Sherouse

Last night, Jesus once again gathered with his disciples, washed our feet and called us to love, and then shared the unthinkable news that he would be handed over by one of his own.

Christians Walk The Way Of Suffering For Good Friday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion

The Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, weaves its way through Jerusalem's Old City and is believed to be the path Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on...

Carol Kuruvilla

What It's Like To Be Crucified | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion

Last year on Good Friday, Lasse Spang Olsen was crucified in the Philippines. The Danish filmmaker and stunt performer from Copenhagen raised eyebr...

The Scandal of Good Friday

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While officially the theological matter may have been put to rest in 451 AD and though most of us in the Church today are pretty comfortable affirming both the humanity and the divinity of Jesus, the way we talk and think about Jesus reveals that the controversy is far from over.