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Gospels

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.

Jesus Married? Not Surprising For A Dedicated Jew

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The discovery of the lost parchment, along with the earlier documents that suggest that Jesus was married, resurrects a subject that demands reevaluation by the Catholic Church.

What Happens When You Put The New Testament In Order

Marcus Borg | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Marcus Borg

A chronological New Testament is different from and yet the same as the New Testament familiar to Christians. It contains the same 27 documents, but sequences them in the chronological order in which they were written.

Jesus Existed

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.07.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

What movement would make up a recent leader, executed by a Roman governor for treason, and then declare, "We're his followers"? If they wanted to commit suicide, there were simpler ways to do it.

How to Be an Awesome Human Being

Judith Johnson | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

To be awesome is to recognize and accept the challenge of being the very best "you" that you can be. Those who live this way serve as an inspiration to others to do and be the very best they can.

Don't Fear This Book: Crossan On Parables And Gospels

Greg Carey | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Is Jesus inconsistent, or does Matthew have an agenda? Crossan, like most interpreters, says that Matthew 23 reflects not Jesus' own teaching but a conflict that emerged decades after Jesus' career.

Voices Of The Faithful: Belief In Resurrection At Core Of Christian Identity

David Briggs | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as U.S. Christians have changed their views dramatically on issues such as same-sex marriage and women clergy, they have overwhelming held fast with the traditional view of the resurrection.

What Is The The Core Of The Gospel?

Greg Carey | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

If we emphasize Jesus' death, cut out from the whole tapestry of his life, we reduce his crucifixion to perverse ritual rather than a direct consequence of his confrontation with the powers of his day.

The Bible's Role in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I found myself thinking about an aspect of Dickens easily overshadowed.. I refer to his subtle use of biblical literature.

On Keeping Christ in Christmas

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'd like us to realize that keeping Christ in Christmas has nothing to do with what others choose to do, and everything to do with who we choose to be.

The Origins Of Christmas

Jeffrey Small | Posted 02.14.2012 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

What is more important to me than the mechanics of Jesus' birth is that he was an historical figure who came to be viewed as "the Christ," the Messiah.

A Devotion for Wall Street

Shane Claiborne | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

If Jesus came to Wall Street preaching the same message that he preached in Galilee... he might land himself on a cross again.

Rick Perry's Revival as a Soccer Match?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Was looking at "Rick Perry Day Of Prayer Shadows 2012 Ambitions" and saw that of the 71,000 plus seats only 8,000 were going to be occupied. I though...

(R)evolution in Theater: "The Magdalene" at St. Clements

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Who is Mary Magdalene really? We know she was involved with Jesus...but how? As his disciple? Spiritual companion? Or perhaps his wife? ...

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?

Reading The Four Gospels: The Power Of Different Perspectives

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Christians have a habit of trying to harmonize the discrepancies found in the Bible. Yet this practice contributes to stripping the Bible of what makes it interesting, and what can make it speak powerfully.

Worshiping God, Not The Bible

Matt Idom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt Idom

It is not through the bible that I am found. No, that is more about the one God I understand the bible to be revealing.

The True Meaning of Christmas 2010

Mark Chironna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Chironna

In a culture that has been termed not merely post-modern, but also "post-Christian", it might seem as though there are no claims left to make regarding the true meaning of Christmas.

Why The Birthplace Of Jesus Matters

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

While theories vary on who the "historical" Jesus really was, there's general agreement that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem. So why was it so important for the gospel writers to claim Bethlehem as Jesus' birthplace?

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection on the "Christian States of America." (Updated)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I am not saying that Jesus was a Stalinist or even a communist, just that it's very clear from his teachings that he believed that people were happier and healthier when they shared with each other.

7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World

cracked.com | Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The vast majority of the knowledge humans have assembled over the centuries, has been lost. The world's geniuses either kept their revelations to them...