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Death of Jesus

Crucifixion: A New Way to Think About Jesus' Death

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The crucifixion of Jesus is mysterious. I think it's meant to be. What's not so mysterious is how the church and church leaders have attempted to explain the mysterious throughout Christian history.

Kenyan Lawyer Demands Justice For Jesus 2,000 Years After His Death

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

Dola Indidis has one goal: get justice for Jesus, even if it comes 2,000 years later. To that end, the Kenyan lawyer named quite the roster of de...

Crucifying Terrorists

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As Jesus hung upon a Roman cross, he forgave one of those with him and promised him a place in paradise. This challenges our tendency to think of terrorists as pure evil, unrepentant and undeserving of good will.

The New Passover

V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
V. Rev. Fr. Anastasios Gounaris

Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.

The Black Parade

Tonya Hurley | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Tonya Hurley

A statue of Jesus encased in a glass casket carried by men dressed as pall bearers march somberly ahead of a large group of mourning women holding candles; praying and singing dirges in Italian through the winding streets. This is Good Friday in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Is The Lenten Season Awkward For Muslims? Not At Georgetown University

Aamir Hussain | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Since Muslims and Christians often find common ground in Jesus' teachings, I believe that a holy period focused on Jesus provides opportunities to reinforce the commonalities between our faiths. Georgetown University showed me the enormous potential for interfaith dialogue during Lent.

The Two Christianities Of Les Miserables

Morgan Guyton | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

The question of whether we see the world through the eyes of Javert or Valjean amounts to our understanding of justice. For Javert, justice is retribution in the interest of maintaining an abstract order; for Valjean, justice is solidarity in the interest of personal love.

The Innocents: Luke 1:26-38

Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Rev. Scott Black Johnston, Ph.D.

As disciples of Jesus, we promise to look after the little lambs. How can we fulfill our promises if we do not stand against the powers and principalities that perpetuate this culture of violence?

The Gospel According To Christopher

Ben Stevens | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Regardless of the side of the religious divide you fall on, I propose we join in affirming Hitchens' unencumbered definition of Christianity.

The Bad Christianity Behind 'Rape Is God's Will'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Contorted rationalizing of evil can lead someone to conclude a pregnancy from rape is God's will, without any regard for the victim who was raped or how she or he might feel.

WATCH: Jesus’ Death And The Future Of Violence: Mark 9:30-37

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

The question lingers unanswered through time, waiting for us: Is God really OK with something like this? Couldn't God's relinquishment of Jesus be tantamount to moral negligence? Couldn't there be a neater, more peaceful solution?

Science And The Ups And Downs Of Christ's Ascension

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

What intrigues me about the ascension of Christ is not only what it tells me about the ancient world and its "scientific" knowledge of the universe, but also what it tells me about many Christians today.

Time The Church's Old Story Of Jesus Dies

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Jesus is vastly more beautiful without the baggage of killing and bloodshed. It is time for a new reading of the redemption story. It is time the church allow the old story of Jesus to die.

Good Friday: Reliable Narrators

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

We as by-standers of faith and/or followers of Christ? How do we take the narrative of the life of Jesus the Christ and weave it with our narratives?

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.

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.

Theological Anti-Semitism Still Pervades Iceland Lent Tradition

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

In Iceland, for decades, the entire "Hymns of the Passion" by Hallgrimur Petursson has been broadcast annually by the State Broadcasting Service. We were shocked by the many blatantly anti-Semitic references that pervade Petursson's Hymns.

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?

Why Christ's Resurrection Matters

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.24.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

During Holy Week we follow the Passion, not to meditate on the violence done to Jesus nor to feel sorry for him, but to mourn our own weaknesses and sins.

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?

The Mysteries Of The Last Supper And Jesus' Final Days

Colin Humphreys | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Colin Humphreys

Bible readers throughout history have noticed discrepancies in the Gospel accounts. The fact is that Jewish people would never mistake the Passover meal for another meal.

Just How Long Did Jesus Stay In The Tomb?

Posted 06.13.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate Easter, they will follow a familiar chronology: Jesus was...

Why Was Jesus Crucified?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 06.02.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

A moment's reflection will tell you that the standard Sunday school answer to the question "Why was Jesus crucified?" would have made little sense to those directly involved in the event itself.

Why The Pope's Words On The Jewish People Matter

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Benedict is putting his own "personal stamp" on the matter of the death of Jesus. Anyone who thinks that Joseph Ratzinger personally "blames the Jews" will have to grapple with these clear comments.

Understanding The Truth Of Advent By Acknowledging The Reality Of Death

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Should we as Christian people and families cave in to the secular expressions of the season or should we call things what they truly are?