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Time The Church's Old Story Of Jesus Dies

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Jesus is vastly more beautiful without the baggage of killing and bloodshed. It is time for a new reading of the redemption story. It is time the church allow the old story of Jesus to die.

Paraguay Embraces Easter With Processions And Pomp

Sam Wolson | Posted 07.01.2012 | Travel
Sam Wolson

Mostly active in rural Paraguay, this short, hairy and incredibly ugly imp is said to create all kinds of mischief, including stealing eggs, scaring cattle and impregnating women by running between their legs.

Why Stay In The Church?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The church can be a tough place. We hear things that we don't like; we see things that we don't approve of; we are forced to pray with people with whom we don't agree.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Jesus And The Torah

Greg Carey | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Did not Jesus occasionally but intentionally violate the Torah? In a word, no.

The Prize of Peace

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Sarah O'Leary

The greatest threat to evil is peace.

Enough With Co-opting Jesus For Every Political Agenda

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Much like the many portraits of Jesus over the centuries, we should never underestimate the ability of human beings to rewrite Jesus' words into their own ideologies.

Gay Jesus: From His Lips To God's Ears

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Kergan Edwards-Stout

The Catholic faith is important to my family, and as much as I wanted to make them happy, I learned pretty quickly that I first needed to make myself happy.

Don't Fear This Book: Crossan On Parables And Gospels

Greg Carey | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Is Jesus inconsistent, or does Matthew have an agenda? Crossan, like most interpreters, says that Matthew 23 reflects not Jesus' own teaching but a conflict that emerged decades after Jesus' career.

Can Rich Folks Go To Heaven?

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 06.13.2012 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

If I'm going to take Jesus seriously, then I have to conclude that it's very difficult for rich people to get to heaven. And as an American who lives a fairly comfortable lifestyle, I know he's talking about me!

Did 'The Resurrection Tomb Mystery' Find The Bones Of Jesus?

Posted 04.13.2012 | TV

After much controversy, "The Resurrection Tomb Mystery" (Thu., 10 p.m. ET on Discovery) came to television, chronicling the search for the roots of Ch...

A Muslim's Easter

Mike Ghouse | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

I was dunked at the same baptismal spot in the river Jordan, a symbolic gesture of transformation and following Jesus. Thank God, the Baptist minister agreed to customize the recitation for me.

Sub Party In The U.S.A.

Posted 04.09.2012 | Arts

Eric Yahnker's exhibition "Party Sub / Sub Party" presents a playful look at the United States in a time when celebs, sports and sandwiches rule. ...

Do We Really Need Beliefs?

John Backman | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
John Backman

Is it time to imagine a Christian faith without specific beliefs? I don't think so, but it may be time to approach these beliefs differently.

Easter at Amen Corner

Hayden Bixby | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home
Hayden Bixby

As an admitted outsider, to both this area of the world and this way of thinking, I confess that it's difficult to fully appreciate the graciousness of tradition when it is in such proximity to economic inequality and neglect.

PHOTOS: Holy Week Celebrations

Posted 04.08.2012 | Latino Voices

For Christians Holy Week is the week which precedes the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. The week starts on On Palm Sunday, when devotees cele...

BibliFact Roundup #2: Bible-n-Eggs with the President

Timothy Beal | Posted 06.07.2012 | Religion
Timothy Beal

President Obama has been quite the biblical expositor at recent prayer breakfasts. Here are a few highlights worth checking out.

PHOTOS: 7 Famous Paintings Of Jesus

Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion

The life of Jesus has been the inspiration for many artistic works throughout the history of art. This volume traces many important events in the life...

Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.

Does God Prefer Longevity Over Quality Of Life?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

For Christians, this is one of the most important weeks of our liturgical calendar. This is the week that we should be contemplating what we never want to contemplate: death.

Between Sundays: Holy Week And The Importance Of Weekday Christians

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To me, the most comforting part of Holy Week is not the waving of triumphal palms on one Sunday morning, or the flowers and joyous hymns on the next. It's what happens in between.

Andrew Sullivan's Altar Call In Newsweek

Newsweek | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion

If you go to the second floor of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., you’ll find a small room containing an 18th-century Bi...

With God And Church On Their Side: Which God Is That?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Political leaders will continue to milk audiences, manufacturing untruths that, while inaccurate, serve as the driving force toward political victories. Setting the desire for political victories aside, this dazzling Godly rhetoric is ultimately diverting.

Was Jesus' Resurrection Real?

Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin was really the burial cloth of Christ, and it was responsible for making the Apostles believe Christ had risen from the dead, acco...

When A System Demands our Allegiance Away From Christ

Jeremy John | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Let us remember that when we do not act to end a system that results in injustice, we are culpable ourselves.