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Another Jesus and Mary Magdalene Hoax

Greg Carey | Posted 01.10.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Just this week another Jesus hoax has appeared in the media. I don't wish to be rude, and I will freely admit I haven't read the book yet, but the entire premise is utter hogwash.

Ebola: Stop the Blame Game

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.

Christians Can Vote, and More!

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Jesus was killed as an enemy of the state. If that is not political, then the word has no meaning. One cannot be properly religious, or at least, religious the way Jesus was religious, and be ignorant of or irrelevant to the ruling powers.

According to Jesus the Real Issue Isn't the Lack of Morals -- It's the Abundance of Hypocrisy

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When Jesus walked the earth, his focus was ultimately on showing people that the problem in the world is not the lack of morals, but the abundance of hypocrisy.

The Day Jesus Redefined Marriage

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

The thought behind the outcry being that marriage has always been the exact same institution ever since the dawn of time or at least since the dawn of the Bible. Same-sex marriage, it is argued, is a radical departure from this unbroken tradition. But does the Bible actually present "marriage as an unchanging picture?"

Listening to Jesus Instead of Twitter: The Stories of Jude and Simon

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

What we do know, though, is that in this age of headlines and catchphrases, in this era of 140 characters and small, square photos on smart phones, we'd do well to judge not as Twitter judges, but as Christ does.

Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the reasons Jesus got a bad reputation amongst the religious community of his day was because he was not afraid to associate himself with mankind, all of mankind: The best and worst, the clean and unclean, the accepted and the rejected.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

Daily Meditation: Generous Spirit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How Jesus 'the Glutton and the Drunk' Embraced Life Beyond the Religiously Accepted Limit

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the greatest challenges any Christian faces is the risk of falling in love with the idea of being like Jesus (WWJD?) while failing to recognize what a life lived in his footsteps truly looks like.

From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

This Is Your Brain on Money: Why America's Rich Think Differently Than the Rest of Us

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The Internet is replete with apologias for the rich. They are thinly sourced and even less well-thought. The goal is simple: to justify the unjustifiable chasm between the rich and poor, globally and within our nation. But the irony is that, rather than being better than the rest of us, in many ways the rich are worse.

Ebola and Thomas Eric Duncan: Compassion for All

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

Jesus Doesn't Have a Tribe, But Do We?

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

God is Love. He has no tribe, no army. Rather, he has the world in its entirety in his hands. A humanity as a whole that he loves. Jesus came to break the belief in tribes.

The Unsolved Mystery Behind The Shroud Of Turin Still Has The Power To Captivate

Religion News Service | LILLY FOWLER | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) A 14-foot-long stretch of cloth mysteriously imprinted with a faint, brownish image of a naked man and wounds that mirror those of a c...

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Who Knew I'd Write a Book on Atheism and Jesus That Would Help a Jew Connect More Deeply With His Jewish Spirituality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and s...

The Baseball Solution to our Political Polarization

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Political polarization is worse than ever this fall, with contests being framed as a struggle between virtue and vice, strength and weakness.

Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The use of ZMapp raises the question of privilege. Is it only those with better connections to positions of power who will get a fighting chance to receive this experimental drug?

Beardless Jesus Discovered On Early Christian Artifact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

Spanish archaeologists have found a depiction of Jesus that dates back to the 4th century, making it one of the earliest images of the Christian deity...

Do You Have Eyes Like Jesus?

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

It's easy to see the sinner, because that requires no heart interaction, but do you see the person? Do you see the value of every individual, like Jesus did?

Nobody Is Getting Left Behind (Because the Rapture Is Never, Ever Going to Happen)

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While the idea of believers being "caught up in the air" is mentioned, it is metaphorically describing the Second Coming. Paul is not claiming, nor even implying that Christians will disappear before all hell breaks loose on earth. In fact, the very idea of the rapture is antithetical to the narrative of scripture.

Sorry Republicans But Jesus Was a Marxist

Dan Arel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

Jesus was clearly a Marxist, not by name, but by ideology. He sought tirelessly to end poverty, to feed and house the needy and to heal those in need.

Don't Quote Jesus' Words About Hell -- He Doesn't Believe in It

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

What gospel do we believe in? A gospel of works, or a gospel of grace? Do we get into heaven because of what we do, or because of what Christ did on our behalf?