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Dead Sea Scrolls Are Now Just A Click Away

Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion

The Dead Sea scrolls will now be accessible for public viewing, and you don't even need to leave your home to see them. Orchestrated under the Isr...

Kate Cooper Introduces Early Christian Women

Greg Carey | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Why is it that so many women, especially elite women, chose to pursue monastic lives?

Reclaiming The Beard On Behalf Of Christianity

Craig Considine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

There's nothing wrong with being a Christian and growing a beard. We must continue to work on transcending stereotypes by learning more about our own traditions.

Theologian Debunks The ‘Myth' Of Christian Persecution

Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) Growing up Catholic in England, Candida Moss felt secure in life, yet was told in church that Christ...

The Myth Of Christian Persecution

Candida Moss | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Candida Moss

If persecution language is not reserved for situations of actual persecution, then unspeakable violence becomes indescribable. Disagreement becomes martyrdom and martyrdom becomes disagreement.

The Curious Christian Origins Of Valentine's Day

Greg Tobin | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Tobin

It is ironic that one of the more popular holidays in America is named for a saint about whom very little is known -- who, in fact, is of questionable historical provenance.

Solving The Priest Shortage

Garry Wills | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Garry Wills

We live in a time when Catholic priests are an aging and shrinking group, damaged in morale and reputation, overstretched in their monopolization of all sacramental services. What we really need are no priests.

Prestigious Journal Postpones Jesus Wife Article

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus seems to refer to his wife, r...

25 Facts You Should Know (But Probably Don't) About Christianity

Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion

Statement by George Courtauld, author of 'The Pocket Book of What, When and Who on Earth.' A few years ago I was horrified to discover how very lit...

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders And Outsiders

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.

Imagining The First Christians

Greg Carey | Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

The New Testament's very existence testifies to how passionately the earliest Christians kept in touch with one another. It largely emerged organically.

Does The Church Have A Future?

George Elerick | Posted 07.08.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

For centuries, the psychology of the Church has camped out in two areas: psychosis or neurosis. This cause of psychosis stems from the reality that somewhere along the line the Church replaced God.

The Christian Revolution

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

The ease with which the ancient world accepted violence and suffering was a natural outgrowth of the pagan understanding of the human person. But Christianity pronounced a message as radical as it was attractive.

Dangerous Christians Who Teach Us To Live Like Jesus

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

Jesus himself was perceived as a threat precisely because he challenged seemingly unchangeable laws about the Sabbath and broke down the boundaries between the pure insiders and the unclean outsiders.

Who Wrote The Bible And Why It Matters

Bart D. Ehrman | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Bart D. Ehrman

Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle -- Peter, Paul, or James. In modern parlance, that is a lie.

Marriage Is Not An Evil Thing

Rev. Astrid Storm | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Astrid Storm

I was strangely comforted to remember that, for its first thousand years, the Christian church was ambivalent about the institution of marriage.