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Let John Be John and Let Jesus Be Jesus

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Recently publications have explored two new books relating to the person of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of John. Both books dismiss the possibility that the Apostle John actually wrote the Fourth Gospel or that Jesus of Nazareth is accurately portrayed in its contents. These are not innovative assertions.

Will the Real Jesus Please Step Forward: Many Stories, Few Facts

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The "functional facts" of the canonical Gospels and the rest of the New Testament have been misread and misinterpreted. Moreover, the distortions were driven by Christian and Jewish leaders who were intent on imposing wedges to distance the two faiths as separate religions.

Jesus and the Zealotry of Reza Aslan

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

Like countless authors before him, Aslan claims to have discovered a radically different Jesus from the personality portrayed in the gospels and preached by the church for two millennia.

A New Perspective of 'Jihad' in Christianity and Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

The hype in America and abroad over "jihad" has brought me to consider the term through a Christian perspective. In this piece I seek to explore how forms of "jihad" are present in Christianity and pinpoint different ways of looking at "jihad" in Christian and Islamic texts.

The Social Shape of Divine Generosity (Luke 12:32-40)

Greg Carey | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

It all sounds so... demanding. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. "Be dressed for action" (NRSV). Imagine yourselves as slaves who remain ready for their master's return -- not knowing when it might come.

Why Fox's Green-Aslan Interview Will Live Forever

Dennis Miller | Posted 10.04.2013 | Media
Dennis Miller

Lauren Green's interview with Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth will live forever in college courses in both a positive and negative way.

The Missed Opportunity of the Aslan/Green Moment

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

It was among the worst ten minutes in the history of televised religious dialogue. It failed Fox News. It failed scholarship. It failed every faith in play at the moment.

Misogyny, Not So Much Homophobia, Is the Church's Root Issue Needing a Solution

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

Until the history of institutional misogyny is addressed, moves of openness toward gay people cannot amount to very much: no institution solves a tangential psycho-sexual malady as it "shuts the door" on its root sexual prejudice.

Objectivity Impossible for Muslims?

Deanna Othman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

What remains central to this discussion is not the content of Reza Aslan's work of scholarship, but the role his identity plays in his ability to act as a scholar.

Reza Aslan on Jesus: A Biblical Scholar Responds

Greg Carey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Allow me to address the common complaint that as a Muslim Aslan has no business writing a Jesus book. Aslan clearly respects and admires Jesus. That some Christians might find his claims unsettling is, well, tough, because Aslan is doing serious intellectual work.

The Oldest Easter Story: Forgotten But Hidden in Plain Sight

James D. Tabor | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

John 20:1-10 is a precious glimpse into a most plausible historical scenario as to what happened after Jesus' death, and why the temporary tomb into which Jesus was placed was indeed empty, before the various theological presentations involving "sightings" of Jesus began to accrue to the story.

Are the Gospels Made-up?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

That's a pejorative way of asking it, isn't it? We have a lot of emotional baggage attached to the words 'made-up' and 'fiction.' When we hear these words, we immediately think false!

Reza Aslan and the Fox News Zealot

Zaki Hasan | Posted 09.28.2013 | Media
Zaki Hasan

What really sticks out to me in all the commentary is the inherent idiocy of Green's central (read: only) assertion: that Aslan's "Muslim-ness" somehow disqualifies him from writing about Jesus.

A (Somewhat) Muslim Perspective: Why Is Reza Aslan's Jesus So Small?

Rob Asghar | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rob Asghar

Aslan is a remarkable writer and speaker. I only wish I had his talent. Yet his book on Jesus carries numerous problems.

Lord's Prayer for a Modern People

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.

Poverty, Sex, and the Gospels

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

During Jesus' earthly ministry, what troubled him most about what he saw? To listen to the religious right, you'd think it was loose sexual mores. But would this really be Jesus' emphasis?

Are You a Follower? Look Here Instead

Garret Kramer | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Garret Kramer

My simple message is that if you're inspired by the teachings of another person, that's perfectly okay. But please stop paying homage, or stop asking others to pay homage, to him or her.

The Power of Prayer... at the Kmart

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

When I want to remind myself of the power of prayer, I go to the Astor Place Kmart in the East Village of Manhattan. Sure, I could read Kierkegaard or Augustine, but I prefer the Kmart. Specifically I favor an area in the far back corner of the basement.

The Jesus Hermeneutic

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

Jesus consistently ignored or even denied exclusionary, punitive, and triumphalistic texts in his own Jewish Bible in favor of passages that emphasized inclusion, mercy, and honesty. That becomes self-evident once you are told and begin to look for yourself.

Chris Hedges and Reza Aslan in Jesus' Service, at Christ's Table

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

I happen to feel drawn to both the Jesus of history Reza Aslan proclaims and to the Christ of faith, and that may be in part because, like Aslan, I no longer regard the Bible as literally infallible or believe it needs to be in order for the Jesus story to be true.

Jesus: A Model for Living Authentically

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Thich Nhat Hanh tells us that in Buddhism, the energy that helps us "touch life deeply" is known as smrti, the energy of mindfulness. It's clear that Jesus is full of smrti. He allows his emotions to empower his life positively. And, he invites us to join him in this authentic way of living.

I'm Getting Off at the 13th Floor

John Blumenthal | Posted 09.21.2013 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Step on a sidewalk crack and your mother will immediately sustain a spinal injury? Yeah, that happens all the time. How come Dad gets away scot-free?

Unsafe in Black and White America

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I have a feeling that I'm not the only white guy who experiences these thoughts that I sure don't want to have in my head. But I desperately want to unlearn these instincts because if I feel unsafe around someone else because they're black, I am part of the reason that the world becomes unsafe for them.

Joel Boel and Why to Give Second Chances

Don McNay | Posted 09.20.2013 | Media
Don McNay

There are two schools of thought about forgiveness. One is articulated by Jesus, who said to turn the other cheek. The other is articulated by the fictional character The Godfather, who believed that all wrongs must be avenged.

WATCH: Reza Aslan Is 'Obsessed' With Jesus The Zealot

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

“I’ve been obsessed with Jesus for a very, very long time,“ Reza Aslan confessed to HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, “I heard the Gospel...