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Greg Carey

Reza Aslan on Jesus: A Biblical Scholar Responds

Greg Carey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Allow me to address the common complaint that as a Muslim Aslan has no business writing a Jesus book. Aslan clearly respects and admires Jesus. That some Christians might find his claims unsettling is, well, tough, because Aslan is doing serious intellectual work.

Christians Who Are Against LGBT Misuse The Bible

Greg Carey | Posted 10.11.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

The Bible is a complicated book. Using the Bible to condemn sexual minorities requires that people make a series of choices and assumptions. Whatever proof texts one side or the other cooks up, the Bible simply doesn't work as a rule book.

Recalling Clarence Jordan, Radical Disciple

Greg Carey | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Clarence Jordan stands among my list of top five Christian heroes, but most folks have never heard of him.

What Lugar's Defeat Confirms

Greg Carey | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Greg Carey

Years ago the radical Republican fringe began targeting RINOs (Republicans in name only) for extinction -- and by RINOs, they meant Republicans who might value the environment, education, and the general welfare over and above ideological rigidity.

Jesus And The Torah

Greg Carey | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Did not Jesus occasionally but intentionally violate the Torah? In a word, no.

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.

Praying With Kids: An Interview With Rev. Rachel Hackenberg

Greg Carey | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Elementary-aged children are still learning but are not yet fully accustomed to "church language," so their prayers are not encumbered by doubt over using the right church words.

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.

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.

Revelation: Who Likes It, And Who Doesn't

Greg Carey | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Revelation reveals what it means to worship God and Christ. It challenges believers to faithful living in the midst of cultural pressure to compromise.

Revelation In Context: Letters And Symbols

Greg Carey | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

No one understands all of Revelation's numbers and symbols. Still, almost all interpreters have come to a common assessment of several keys: the Lamb, the Beast, the Great Prostitute, the Other Beast and the New Jerusalem.

Partisanship In The Hijacked Church: A Book Review

Greg Carey | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Evangelicals demonstrate increasing political homogeneity, their political views shaped more by conservative and Republican ideology than by their theologies. In response, young people are abandoning the churches in droves.

What Was The Role Of Women In The Earliest Churches?

Greg Carey | Posted 12.09.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

The answer is, simply, that the early churches did value women's contributions. Not only did women show their strength in numbers, they did so in leadership positions as well

HuffPost Religion Round-Up: September 18-24

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.24.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Science and religion, Bourgeois Buddhists, Unemployment and God, Troy Davis, and asking Is That All there Is?.. It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion.

Who Were The First Christians?

Greg Carey | Posted 11.18.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

An early church meeting must have been a wild scene. Almost all churches included masters and their own slaves, the rich and the destitute, tradespersons and menial laborers.

HuffPost Religion Round-Up: July 24-31

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.30.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Religious Arrests, the Green Buddha, Ramadan Resources, Hindu Service, Identity Fundamentalism, and the Best NASCAR Prayer Ever - It has been a busy week on HuffPost Religion

Evangelicals And Masculinity

Greg Carey | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

Joe Nelms' inappropriate use of public prayer is symptomatic of a larger disorder among evangelicals -- masculinity compensation disorder. The movement needs aggressive treatment.

What The Bible Really Says About Slavery

Greg Carey | Posted 08.22.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

Slavery stands as the single most contested issue in the history of biblical interpretation in the United States. What did slavery mean in the biblical world, and how did biblical authors respond to it?