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Read An Excerpt Of Zealot By Reza Aslan

Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

Excerpted from ZEALOT: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan Copyright © 2013 by Reza Aslan. Excerpted by permission of Random House,...

Mary and Martha: Use Your Gifts, Whatever They May Be

Sister Carol Perry | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Carol Perry

We, in the western world, need to start by looking close to home where a new dialogue has begun about mothering and glass ceilings and "leaning back." We need to learn to honor the choices that others make.

Everyone Has a Story...

Linda Robertson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

When our four kids were growing up, I often reminded them that everyone has a story. I would tell them that no matter how grumpy, annoying or unkempt someone may be, there is always a story behind it. I reminded them to give people the benefit of the doubt.

The Greatest Betrayal

Mike Lux | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The House Republicans aren't just betraying their alleged savior by making people go hungry. They are betraying the values this country has lived by for a very long time.

Taking the Jew Out of Jesus -- and Putting It Back

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Classical artworks washed out all traces of Judaism in the personae of Jesus, his family, and followers -- despite the fact that they were all dedicated practicing Jews throughout their lives.

My Preferred Jesus

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

In our culture and too often in the Church today we are quick to make Jesus after our own image. There are several "preferred Jesus" models we tend to invent.

Jesus and Buddha Walk Into an AA Meeting

Darren Littlejohn | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Darren Littlejohn

Being an addict teaches us, probably more quickly than for non-addicts, the nature of what Buddha called attachment, aversion and ignorance and how these three poisons keep us stuck.

Men as Gods

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Arthur Rosenfeld

Because the human brain is wired for story, both Eastern and Western cultures are rife with examples of legendary characters enlivening and embodying the core teachings of a given sect, philosophy, or faith.

Am I Really a Christian?

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

To be a Christian, I needed to get to know Jesus and learn how to treat others with love rather than lead a self-centered life. I didn't think this required belonging to an organization.

What Are the 'Weightier Matters of the Law'? [Matthew 23:23]

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

We should read the Bible trying to understand how to live according to justice, mercy, and faith. Each passage in the Bible speaks to our lives insofar as it leads us into greater justice, mercy, and faith.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

George Heymont | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new works for voice written by two contemporary American composers to be performed in two theatres located two blocks away from each other. No matter what lens one uses to compare these works it's crystal clear that one has a bright future ahead of it while the other does not.

Right-wing Myths About Merit, Money and Morality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When it comes to wealth, you get what you deserve. If you're rich, you've earned it. Same goes for the poor. Middle class too. Do you believe these statements to be true most or all of the time?

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

On Bodies, The Eucharist, and Skydiving

Broderick Greer | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Broderick Greer

The next time you receive the Eucharist, try erasing the memory of its flavor from your taste buds. The next time you receive Christ's fragmented body in your hands, try forgetting the sensation of Jesus on your skin.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

The Supreme Court, DOMA and the Sermon on the Mount

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

The Sermon on the Mount presents a radically different agenda than what the nation of Israel expected from the Messiah. Our Supreme Court Justices overturned conventional wisdom in their ruling, and this is what Jesus did every day.

Jesus Wept, But Not For Reasons Mike Huckabee Thinks

Emily Timbol | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion
Emily Timbol

If Mike Huckabee had even a smidgen of compassion for the LGBT community, he'd realize how callous and inappropriate it was to quote this verse as a sign of his unhappiness with the verdict.

The Last Supper According to Judas in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Bible stories are hot and Hollywood studios are rushing to cash in. Although these films are capitalizing on public interest in the Bible, the bestselling book of all time, and the heroes and villains of religious history, there is one story, says filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta, that has never been made: The Last Supper.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

Never Trust a Beggar

Ron Nikkel | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

It is not just street people who are begging, it is also organizations who beg on behalf of others. As one of such "beggars," I feel immense responsibility to respect donors and the purpose of their contributions, for they are giving to God and I have a holy stewardship.

5 Rabbis Explain Jesus

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For every complex question, as H.L. Mencken once put, there is usually an answer that is "clear, simple and wrong." His observation rings true when it comes to a question I get at least once a week. What do Jews believe about Jesus?

There Are No Strangers In God's House

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Homosexuality is still not a sin. It is a sin to discriminate -- against gays, people of color, women, children, immigrants... It is a sin to exclude whereas Jesus welcomed.

Kanye West's Yeezus May Be Sexist, But Is Not Blasphemous

Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D.

As a God, as Yeezus, West reminds us that who God is, is contingent upon who we are and how we see the world. Divinity doesn't always automatically elevate us to where we should be but shows us very plainly where we are and how much further we need to go.

Saved By a Superman: Mark 5:21-43

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

I left the movie Man of Steel pleased that the modern version of Superman was actually good but pondered on the depiction of any superhero of any sort could be compared to Jesus. Or is this just plain sacrilege?

'Christ Killers': The Hidden Agenda

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The historic charge "Christ Killers" leveled against Jews is one of the most bizarre indictments ever made. Its defiance of facts and logic would be comical if it weren't for the horrific slaughter of untold numbers of Jews over the centuries based on that accusation.