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Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

Magistrate's Messiah Complex

Neal Wooten | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Neal Wooten

I've always been concerned about judges and magistrates having too much power, making way too many decisions based not on law or precedence, but on their own personal or religious beliefs.

This Ain't No Ordinary King

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

So we can get to new life. I hope our apathy dies. I hope our sense of powerlessness dies. I hope our notion that religion is only about personal piety and not about political action dies.

God Killed Jesus: That's What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The Gospels -- and several other passages of the New Testament -- state explicitly that God killed Jesus. God sacrificed his only son for the redemption of man according to Scripture:

Waiting On The Messiah Amid Presidential Expectations

David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.

Part of our national consciousness is an embedded sense of presidential evolution that unconsciously infers that the next commander-in-chief must be more worthy, more righteous, more patriotic and more American. But the fact of the matter is that we get sons, fully incarnate with strengths and weaknesses.

Merry Christmas From The Vatican

Ken Atchity | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion
Ken Atchity

As we reach a time in American history when fewer than 50 percent of the U.S. population claims to believe in the Christian God, the Pope's scholarly conclusions illustrate more clearly than ever that it's not necessary to believe literally in any organized religion's founding story.

The Jewish Messiah And The End Of Days

S.R. Hewitt | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
S.R. Hewitt

Although the concept of a Messiah and an end to the world as we know it is not overtly mentioned in the five books of the Torah, it is actually one of the fundamental articles of Jewish faith.

On Tisha B'av, Move Beyond The Place Where We Are Right

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

How we talk to and about each other around issues that matter can destroy a city or maybe even a country. Words matter. Innuendo can kill. More and more, that seems to be true today, as well.

Enter The Gate: Celebrating The Declaration Of The Bab

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

On the night of May 22 this year, Baha'is around the world will hold celebrations to mark the 168th anniversary of that first evening in Shiraz when their Faith began.

If You Could See Israel Naked

Bradley Burston | Posted 03.03.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

If we could see the Jewish world naked, we might well see a new Judaism emerging this new year, stripped of xenophobia and 19th century clothes for 21st century issues. In the long run, it could save the Jewish people from extinction. If we're lucky, it could save Israel as well.

Lowering Holiday Stress With The Help Of Handel's Messiah

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

There's no doubt the pitch around the holidays is elevated. But perhaps, when we make conscious efforts to lower the pitch, the music we make in our lives will be that much more beautiful.

You Can't Handel the Truth: A Holiday Tradition

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

A few years back, I wrote about new discoveries surrounding the holiday classic, Handel's "Messiah." Several months later, I followed it up with add...

Advent: What's In The Box?

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Never mind it's based entirely on fantasy. But the pleasure of anticipation must outweigh the disappointment of reality, or else we wouldn't keep doing it, right?

Messiah College Alumni Support LGBT Students

Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion

By Ivey Dejesus Religion News Service GRANTHAM, Pa. (RNS) Alumni at evangelical Messiah College have launched an online petition urging the conser...

Where Is Jesus? The Case Of The Missing Messiah

Qasim Rashid | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

What if the Messiah came to unite all religions under one flag of peace with love -- not forced conversion? What if he came to revive faith through rational discourse -- not violence?

The End Time In Judaism

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

People will settle quarrels without malice or injury. All will seek and achieve a knowledge of their Creator as far as possible by human understanding.

Demystifying The Second Coming

Harris Zafar | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Harris Zafar

It is evident that Muslims need a spiritual leader who can unite them all under a single banner of peace and instill in them the correct interpretation of Islam.

A Funeral for the State of Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

We are not the same people that we were before these murders. On both sides, the killing of children leaves terrible scars.

Twelve Months Til Christmas

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

For most people, the holiday season is over and done with. Christmas decorations have been put back into storage and the tree has been disposed of. But for arts entrepreneurs the situation is quite different.

Handel's Messiah Re-imagined by Mozart in L.A. Master Chorale Performance

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

2010-12-21-Picture4.jpgFor well over two centuries, a cottage industry in musicology has sought to identify all the variants of Handel's Messiah.

Why the Reported Sale of the Moonies Washington Times for $1 Requires Greater Scrutiny!

Steven Hassan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steven Hassan

Over the years, Sun Myung Moon has built an enormous multinational business conglomerate, announced he was the Messiah, and crowned himself the "King of Peace" on Capitol Hill. All largely unnoticed by the American public.

Romancing the Snake

Jeff Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jeff Greenwald

When Nepalis make their offerings to the snake this Saturday to celebrate Nag Panchami, they'll be thinking less about molting than about primal power.

The Jewish Channel: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Precluded Himself From Being the Messiah

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Does Jewish tradition allow for the possibility that the Messiah might never know he (or she?) was Messianic?

I'm Down With Jesus -- It's Christ That Gives Me Problems

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

For the past several years I've made an avocational study of Jesus and his followers in their historical context, with particular attention to the question of what we can reasonably think Jesus said.

Can Scholars Tell Us What Jesus Actually Said And Did?

The New Yorker | Adam Gopnik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When we meet Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, almost surely the oldest of the four, he's a full-grown man. He comes down from...