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Why Do Christians Need to Believe in the Incarnation?

James Carroll | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
James Carroll

The life of Jesus must always weigh more than his death. And, to repeat, the revelation is in the ordinariness of that life.

Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.01.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, art critics, and curators of Renaissance painting exhibits have participated in a grand deception. They have remained silent in the face of falsifications of biblical history in artworks that are staring right at them.

Killer Christians in Texas: The Next Victim Is Scott Panetti

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

With Christians comprising a stunning majority of people who live here in Texas, there is no ability to blame what is happening in my state on any other faith except my own. Christians are killing people.

Peace, Peace. But for Whom?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Christian peace is not about coddling people's fear of conflict. It isn't about making sure everyone is comfortable. It does not silence those for whom a lack of peace is a life or death situation. The irony is that often, the ones with feeble power are the ones who are told to keep peace and remain silent.

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Company: The Critical Problem with the Prophet System

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

You can claim you talk to God in your prayers, but if you want to remain a member of one of the major religions you cannot claim that God has provided you with a revelation that contradicts the views of the accepted prophets of your religion.

Fear, Ferguson and the First Step Toward a Lasting Solution

Ron Davis | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Ron Davis

Only empathy, which is the root of morality, can bring victory. And that is only possible when we love one another. If we want to understand the fears of our sisters and brothers we have to love some people deeply enough to know them as sisters and brothers and empathize with their fears.

Excerpts From Texas's New American History Textbook

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2015 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

Dan Arel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Dan Arel

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The letter alleges that Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.

Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Is Fact, Not Fiction

Simcha Jacobovici | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Simcha Jacobovici

They marry, but she's not simply "Mrs. Jesus." She is a partner in redemption referred to as the "Daughter of God" and "The Bride of God."

The Least Of These

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Now think about that. If something created by you, a part of you, is under attack, you feel attacked.

The Conspicuous Absence of Biblical Values in the Immigration Debate

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

5 Reasons Why People Are Still Wondering Whether Jesus Was Married

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes fro...

The Parable of the Life-Risking, Faithful Servant

Stan Duncan | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Today I'm more and more inclined to think that this parable actually has very little to do with "talents" as we know them and much more to do with money and banking and oppression and power, and also one poor, faithful, schlep who stood up to it all and took a hit for it.

Jesus Didn't Care About Correct Doctrine, and Neither Should We

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

In the gospels we read how Jesus was always around people. He had a life full of relationships. Always talking, drinking, eating, relaxing; sometimes entertaining his guests and sometimes being entertained by them.

A Married Jesus: Here's the Best Historical Evidence

James D. Tabor | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
James D. Tabor

If you ask most New Testament scholars whether Jesus was likely married the mantra is a firm and dogmatic "no" -- there is not a shred of historical evidence that he was ever married or had children.

Mrs. Jesus? Controversial Researcher Claims Mary Magdalene Was A Deity And Mom To Jesus' Kids

The Associated Press | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

LONDON (AP) - A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus ...

15 More Years: A Sermon on 2 Kings 20:1-7

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

I wonder if you would work very differently than you do now if you knew that your end would come in just 15 years. I wonder if you would spend time with your loved ones, invest in others' lives, and carry yourself very differently than you do now. I wonder if you would slow down in some things and speed up or be more committed in other things. I wonder.

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

Merry F*@king Christmas

Rich Siegel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, whatever the hell that means. Break out the ugly sweaters. Get those antlers on the SUV. Tis the season to be jolly. Put a smile on your face. It could be worse. Christmas could be a Jewish Holiday.

Jesus and the Modern Man

www.nytimes.com | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

SOMETIMES, when I kneel alone in a pew in the far back shadows of a church, face buried in my hands, a forbidden thought intrudes: You should have lef...

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.