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Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 2)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.

Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Like my students, Jews have shunned Jesus and failed to recognize his dedicated commitment to Judaism -- a recognition that does not require accepting him as the Messiah.

Gaza From the Perspective of a Proud Diaspora Jew

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

I have been doing my best not to think too much about Gaza, not only publicly but for myself. I can no longer avoid pondering all the uncomfortable thoughts Israel's bombing of Gaza is bringing home to me. Of one thing I'm sure of -- I want to tell Netanyahu, "I told you so." Netanyahu's purpose was always designed to prevent any chance of rapprochement. What's unfolding was foretold by his actions.

Redemption in the Present Tense

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This week, Jews around the world are marking Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning for all that is broken in ourselves and in our world. Judaism generally pla...

5 Reasons Jesus Isn't Coming Back This Year

Brett Gallaher | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

Sure, Christians would love their Messiah to come back soon. But things here on Earth keep indicating that won't be happening anytime soon.

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

It's well documented that both Jesus and Paul were arrested and indicted on the charge of blasphemy against Judaism. By what authority did the Sanhedrin invoke these charges?

My Mother's Gift

Anne Addison | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thought is, "Am I going to die?" When a woman finds out she's pregnant, she doesn't think, "Am I going to die?" It is the furthest thing from her mind.

Death Defying Father Mike Tells of Hell Rider Days

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Michael Sean Comerford

Freak Show owner Chris Christ, left, and Father Michael Juran talk at the IISA Trade Show last month. This video is brought to you by HoldtheMayoMe...

Ex-Judge In Hot Water After Citing Jesus In Baby Name Change

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin has been censured. Lu Ann Ballew said ...

Jesus Was a Marxist, Not a Theologian

George Elerick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
George Elerick

Sin, from the Hebrew is chait, one of the functions of this kind of sin was that it was defined individually and singularly, meaning that it wasn't something chronically wrong, but something someone bought into -- an ideology.

Love's Contradiction: Embracing Joy and Sorrow

John Thatamanil | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

To lack joy, to be without an effervescent delight in the sheer fact of being alive with others, is an immense impoverishment. We know this truth in t...

Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It's the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing -- and fashioning in your own image -- is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.

Here We Go Messiah-ing

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Blah blah blah, music of another old dead guy, you say? What is the point? 272 years ago a German immigrant to England, George Frideric Handel, composed his oratorio Messiah in just 24 days.

Concluding the Observance of Advent With Christmas As an Ongoing Practice of Love

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Just as the shepherds we considered last week, Mary's natural human response of terror at the unexpected visitation by a supernatural being turns by God's gift (the content of the message, the faith of the hearers) into rejoicing.

Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

Magistrate's Messiah Complex

Neal Wooten | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Neal Wooten

I've always been concerned about judges and magistrates having too much power, making way too many decisions based not on law or precedence, but on their own personal or religious beliefs.

Baby 'Messiah' Can Keep His Name!

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents

NEWPORT, Tenn. -- A Tennessee woman will be allowed to name her 8-month-old son "Messiah," a judge ruled Wednesday, overturning an order from another ...

Group Fights Back Against Judge Who Changed Baby's Messiah Name

AP | Posted 10.15.2013 | Parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for...

Mom Of Baby 'Messiah" Will Appeal Judge's Decision To Change His Name

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 08.14.2013 | Parents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who beli...

Judge Cites Jesus As Reason For Changing Baby's Name

AP | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents

NEWPORT, Tenn. -- A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy's name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and...

Biblical Names Rise In Popularity For American Children

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys. They're just a ...

This Ain't No Ordinary King

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

So we can get to new life. I hope our apathy dies. I hope our sense of powerlessness dies. I hope our notion that religion is only about personal piety and not about political action dies.

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:

Waiting On The Messiah Amid Presidential Expectations

David A. Sánchez, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.

Part of our national consciousness is an embedded sense of presidential evolution that unconsciously infers that the next commander-in-chief must be more worthy, more righteous, more patriotic and more American. But the fact of the matter is that we get sons, fully incarnate with strengths and weaknesses.