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Gospels

Did Jesus Know What He Was Doing? Do We?

John Backman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Placing our future in someone else's hands, even God's, is not easy. But it is an adventure -- an adventure easier to embark on if we hold to the fundamental Christian idea that God is love.

In the Middle of a Ham on Nye Sandwich

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Since 1925 the Creationists have been scrambling to recover from Clarence Darrow's complete obliteration of the credibility of Genesis as a scientific basis for our origins.

Loving the Enemy From This Side of the Rainbow: A Prayer for Unity in 2014

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

To live as ourselves, to celebrate God's creativity and love in making us as we are, is NOT sin but FAITH. To call the creative and loving work of God "evil" is sin. To deny its full expression in Godly covenant within the community of the faithful (marriage equality) is sin.

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

I Don't Get It

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The base of the GOP is supposedly rooted in evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics, people who say they forgo bread to live on the Word of God. When I see this part of the GOP base giddy about whatever issue du jour the GOP has dreamed up, I walk away thinking: I don't get it.

The Christian 'No' to War

John Dear | Posted 11.15.2013 | Religion
John Dear

I would like to remind us as followers of the nonviolent Jesus, we have been commanded to put down the sword, reject the militarism of empire, and find another way. We are called to practice the aggressive nonviolent resistance which Jesus demonstrated unto death.

Satan and the Demons

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Being tempted by the devil was the first incident in Jesus' ministry following his baptism, and since it was initiated by God, it should be taken as a foreshadowing of Jesus' lifelong battle with Satan.

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.

Misogyny, Not So Much Homophobia, Is the Church's Root Issue Needing a Solution

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

Until the history of institutional misogyny is addressed, moves of openness toward gay people cannot amount to very much: no institution solves a tangential psycho-sexual malady as it "shuts the door" on its root sexual prejudice.

Taking the Jew Out of Jesus -- and Putting It Back

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Classical artworks washed out all traces of Judaism in the personae of Jesus, his family, and followers -- despite the fact that they were all dedicated practicing Jews throughout their lives.

Why Christians Were Denied Access To Their Bible For 1,000 Years

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Wouldn't you assume that the newly established Church would want its devotees to immerse themselves in the sanctioned New Testament, especially since the Church went to great lengths to eliminate competing Gospels?

Was Jesus Gay? Unlikely. Married? Maybe. Both? Possibly

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Because there are so many gaps in Jesus' biography it is not surprising that pundits can spin almost any story about his personal life with shreds of "evidence" to support their views. But questions persist.

Tóibín's Mary Breaks Her Silence

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Apprehensive is an understatement. Walking into see "The Testament of Mary," I had no idea what to expect; however, there are not enough adjectives to describe the energy and beauty with which this one-woman monologue unfolds on the stage of the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Ancient Ink Called Key In New Analysis Of Long-Lost 'Gospel'

Posted 04.10.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/08/2013 11:37 AM EDT on LiveScience A long-lost gospel that casts Judas as a co-con...

The Resurrection: Hocus Pocus?

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
J. Randall O'Brien

While breaking the bread for communion, Medieval priests chanted in Latin, "Hoc est corpus" ("this is the body.") Confused churchgoers referred to the phrase as "hocus pocus." Ever since then, though perhaps much sooner, clergy talk has had an image problem.

Weeping Through Easter: An Alternative Tradition

James D. Tabor | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Few have realized there are two substantially different Easter stories embedded in our texts. The alternative tradition has no appearances of Jesus following the discovery of an empty tomb.

Jesus of Nazareth, Bill O'Reilly and the Brutal Romans

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.27.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

The question of who killed Jesus or who was primarily responsible for the crucifixion has been debated by scholars, biblical experts and ordinary people for 2000 years.

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:

Colbert For Pope

James Heffernan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
James Heffernan

No man of our time resembles Saint Stephen more than Stephen Colbert, a staunch Roman Catholic with a devoted following of young people deeply inspired by his eloquent advocacy of strictly conservative values and Christian faith.

Jesus 'Used To Be Jewish'? That's Not What The Gospels Say

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Bernard Starr

With the goal of healing antagonisms and closing the longstanding divide between Christianity and Judaism, I set out to restore the Jewish foundation of Christianity -- a foundation that Christianity stands on.

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?

David Lose | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
David Lose

While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.

Why Christ Doesn’t Need Christianity

Shane Hipps | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Shane Hipps

The long slow decline of religion in America has produced much hand wringing among Christians. Oddly enough, the very religion that bears Jesus' name has often built the biggest barriers to him and the life he promised.

Living With Passionate Authenticity -- Like Jesus

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus makes it clear that emotional authenticity is the basis on which we build our spiritual relationship with God, because God knows our true identity inside and out. Jesus invites each of us to enter into this kind of integrated life.

Meeting The Surprisingly Real Jesus In The Pages Of The Gospels

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It is difficult to sense the passion behind his words and deeds when reading the black and white texts in the Bible. But the Jesus we meet in the four Gospels is a man of sorrows, but also a man of joy.