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Excerpts From Texas's New American History Textbook

John Blumenthal | Posted 11.26.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

Dan Arel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Dan Arel

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The letter alleges that Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.

Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Is Fact, Not Fiction

Simcha Jacobovici | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Simcha Jacobovici

They marry, but she's not simply "Mrs. Jesus." She is a partner in redemption referred to as the "Daughter of God" and "The Bride of God."

The Least Of These

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Now think about that. If something created by you, a part of you, is under attack, you feel attacked.

The Conspicuous Absence of Biblical Values in the Immigration Debate

Zack Hunt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

5 Reasons Why People Are Still Wondering Whether Jesus Was Married

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes fro...

The Parable of the Life-Risking, Faithful Servant

Stan Duncan | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Today I'm more and more inclined to think that this parable actually has very little to do with "talents" as we know them and much more to do with money and banking and oppression and power, and also one poor, faithful, schlep who stood up to it all and took a hit for it.

Jesus Didn't Care About Correct Doctrine, and Neither Should We

Mick Mooney | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

In the gospels we read how Jesus was always around people. He had a life full of relationships. Always talking, drinking, eating, relaxing; sometimes entertaining his guests and sometimes being entertained by them.

A Married Jesus: Here's the Best Historical Evidence

James D. Tabor | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

If you ask most New Testament scholars whether Jesus was likely married the mantra is a firm and dogmatic "no" -- there is not a shred of historical evidence that he was ever married or had children.

Mrs. Jesus? Controversial Researcher Claims Mary Magdalene Was A Deity And Mom To Jesus' Kids

The Associated Press | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

LONDON (AP) - A researcher who has attracted attention and criticism with his revisionist Biblical theories says he has found new evidence that Jesus ...

15 More Years: A Sermon on 2 Kings 20:1-7

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

I wonder if you would work very differently than you do now if you knew that your end would come in just 15 years. I wonder if you would spend time with your loved ones, invest in others' lives, and carry yourself very differently than you do now. I wonder if you would slow down in some things and speed up or be more committed in other things. I wonder.

You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right?

Mick Mooney | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Is it possible that God has a 'Damascus Road experience' ready to give to all mankind before his throne, like he also gave to the Ninevites in Jonah's story?

Merry F*@king Christmas

Rich Siegel | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, whatever the hell that means. Break out the ugly sweaters. Get those antlers on the SUV. Tis the season to be jolly. Put a smile on your face. It could be worse. Christmas could be a Jewish Holiday.

Jesus and the Modern Man

www.nytimes.com | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

SOMETIMES, when I kneel alone in a pew in the far back shadows of a church, face buried in my hands, a forbidden thought intrudes: You should have lef...

Another Jesus and Mary Magdalene Hoax

Greg Carey | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

Just this week another Jesus hoax has appeared in the media. I don't wish to be rude, and I will freely admit I haven't read the book yet, but the entire premise is utter hogwash.

Ebola: Stop the Blame Game

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, we like to think people of ancient times were ignorant to blame blindness on sin. Not so fast! The issue then and now is less ignorance and more political opportunism.

Christians Can Vote, and More!

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

Jesus was killed as an enemy of the state. If that is not political, then the word has no meaning. One cannot be properly religious, or at least, religious the way Jesus was religious, and be ignorant of or irrelevant to the ruling powers.

According to Jesus the Real Issue Isn't the Lack of Morals -- It's the Abundance of Hypocrisy

Mick Mooney | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When Jesus walked the earth, his focus was ultimately on showing people that the problem in the world is not the lack of morals, but the abundance of hypocrisy.

The Day Jesus Redefined Marriage

Zack Hunt | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

The thought behind the outcry being that marriage has always been the exact same institution ever since the dawn of time or at least since the dawn of the Bible. Same-sex marriage, it is argued, is a radical departure from this unbroken tradition. But does the Bible actually present "marriage as an unchanging picture?"

Listening to Jesus Instead of Twitter: The Stories of Jude and Simon

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

What we do know, though, is that in this age of headlines and catchphrases, in this era of 140 characters and small, square photos on smart phones, we'd do well to judge not as Twitter judges, but as Christ does.

Sure, the Pharisees Preached Original Sin -- But Jesus Preached Original Innocence

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the reasons Jesus got a bad reputation amongst the religious community of his day was because he was not afraid to associate himself with mankind, all of mankind: The best and worst, the clean and unclean, the accepted and the rejected.

When Southern Baptists Get Saved

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Salvation was always such an important part of my upbringing. We were constantly begged, pushed, prodded and manipulated to go down the aisle. If I got saved once, I got saved a hundred times.

Daily Meditation: Generous Spirit

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

How Jesus 'the Glutton and the Drunk' Embraced Life Beyond the Religiously Accepted Limit

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

One of the greatest challenges any Christian faces is the risk of falling in love with the idea of being like Jesus (WWJD?) while failing to recognize what a life lived in his footsteps truly looks like.