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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.

The Crucifixions

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

The fact is that there was nothing unique about either the manner in which Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by the Romans or the reason for his death sentence. While the agony must have been excruciating and unbearable for Jesus, the same was true for hundreds of thousands of other people who have been crucified.

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

My Humble Greek Lean Easter

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

It will definitely be a lean Easter! But what is Easter for us Greek Orthodox?

WATCH: 'Bible' Actor Was 'Haunted' By His Crucifixion Scene

OWN | Posted 04.24.2013 | OWN

Producer Mark Burnett's miniseries "The Bible" captivated more than 100 million people when it aired on the History Channel. The series was filled wit...

Yanking Us Bald Headed Into Life

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.

Are Passover And Easter Just Celebrations Of Violence?

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Roger S. Gottlieb

Surrounded by the usual code words for these holidays -- "freedom from slavery" for the first, "resurrection and new life" for the second -- this question may seem at the least silly and at worst an exercise of blasphemous anti-religiosity. Yet, it is actually a serious question

Crucifixion And Sexual Violence

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

On this Good Friday, as on many before, I consider anew the full range of torture and humiliation to which Jesus of Nazareth was subjected, physical and sexual. The latter is so traumatizing for the Church that we have covered it up -- literally.

Did God Kill Jesus?

Joel L. Watts | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

So, the question really remains -- who killed Jesus? If we read the Gospels poorly, as with what is labeled "face value" or "plain sense", we will always have to decide between the three usual culprits: God, the Romans, or the Jewish leaders.

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:

The Cross At The Center Of Faith

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Lately I have been thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus and how such a macabre symbol of execution as the cross has become a symbol of hope for believers in Jesus. It is both bizarre and extraordinary.

INRI: The Mysteries And Meanings Of The Cross Of Christ

Greg Tobin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Greg Tobin

The "mystery of the cross" is an invitation for believers to reflect on the willingness of their Creator to suffer the worst degradation imaginable by someone like them--and so unlike them so as to redeem them from their sins.

Good Friday Christianity

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

It is Mark's shattered and shattering Gospel that demands close Christian attention, before we move up and away from it to the joyous epiphany of Sunday morning. Good Friday Christianity puts the agony in the ecstasy, insisting that there is no other way.

My Good Friday

Charles Redfern | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

I peered into the Incarnation's beauty: Jesus is fully God and fully human. He didn't merely act like a human; he wasn't a human-like wraith. He was God living a genuinely human life, which means God himself begged for mercy on a dark night.

What Does Jesus' Crucifixion Solve?

Tony Jones | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Tony Jones

How is it that Jesus' death accomplishes the forgiveness of my sin? By what cosmic mechanism does that take place?

Grieving Those Who Are Still Alive

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

If you cannot depend upon those you love most deeply "being there" in your greatest time of need, on what may you rely?

Truly Understanding The Agony Of Crucifixion

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

In the weeks before Easter, during the traditional season of Lent, Christians fix their hearts on the death of Jesus Christ. They reflect upon what he endured because they believe that it was redemptive.

Lent And The Hidden Cost Of Capital Punishment

Mark Osler | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

It should mean something to Christians, then, that an execution is at the center of the faith and this season of Lent.

Jesus' Death As Sacrifice?

Greg Carey | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

There's a problem with penal substitution. Biblical sacrifices do not represent human attempts to purchase forgiveness; instead, they offer a ritual means of acknowledging the costliness of sin and alienation from God.

Jesus' Moment Of Atheism

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Rollins says that Jesus' cry from the cross was a point at which he experienced "a profoundly personal, painful existential atheism."

Did Jesus Really Die For Our Sins?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Why would God send Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb of God, dying for the sins of the world, instead of just destroying sin, or perhaps offering grace and forgiveness to the very ones created by God?

Priceless Religious Artifact Found Hidden In Closet

Posted 10.04.2011 | Arts

A century-old religious artifact has turned up in a man's closet in Tennessee. The painting of the Veil Veronica, the cloth that was used to wipe ...

South Korean Man Found Crucified, Wearing Crown Of Thorns

AP | Posted 07.04.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — The body of a man with his hands and feet nailed to a wooden cross and a crown of thorns on his head has been found in an a...

The Communal Crucifixion Of Jesus

John Dominic Crossan | Posted 06.21.2011 | Religion
John Dominic Crossan

Jesus' execution is as historically certain as any ancient event can ever be but what about all those very specific details that fill out the story?

Crucified Creation And The Hope Of Eco-nomics

Doug Demeo | Posted 06.21.2011 | Religion
Doug Demeo

Good Friday is Earth Day, an especially opportune time to see and feel and repent of creation's pain -- which is ours.