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Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.

At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a “historical Jesus” became mythologized. [Read more]

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Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.

At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on old familiar tropes or plot elements. In this view, a “historical Jesus” became mythologized. [Read more]

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“On the death penalty, do what you think Jesus would have you do.”
These were the words my friend and anti-death-penalty activist Shane Claiborne told Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in a chance encounter outside the Nashville War Memorial last week. Heavily populated by Christians, Tennessee is a… – https://michaelvolkmann.com/2014/05/04/would-jesus-support-the-death-penalty-the-atlantic/ – Michael’s Blog

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defended the Republican Party’s spending cuts for SNAP by effectively declaring Jesus would not support food stamps for the poor because most them are drug addicts. If his insensitive remark is inconsistent with Scripture, which it is, then the question becomes why do talking heads on the right get away with proclaiming what Jesus would or wouldn’t support?

The answer is simple: Conservatives have not read the Bible. [Read the full article]

 

A few years ago at my second cousin’s bat mitzvah, one of my aunt’s friends approached me. She dispatched with three sentences of small talk before she placed her hand on my shoulder and leaned forward. “So, have you met anyone? Do you have a boyfriend?” she asked. Then she lowered her voice. “Or even a girlfriend?”

I guess I should have expected my extended family to publicly speculate about my sexual orientation. My aunt’s children all attained marital status in their 20s. Believe me, they had no choice: In that circle, you’re nobody until somebody has compromised your surname. [Read the full article]

 

Along with death and taxes, Fox News is one of the few things we can depend on in this world. Just as the sun rises and sets, it’s a given that, over the course of 12 months, many ridiculous, offensive, stupid and bewildering things will be said by persons seated in front of a Fox News studio camera. Whether it’s from the hosts, guests or mere contributors, you can be assured that someone is going to say something that was better left unsaid.

With that in mind, join us as we go through some of the lowest lows from Fox News, moments to remind us that when it comes to lizard-brained inanity, no one holds a candle to the guys and gals at Fox. [Read the full article]

 

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Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten – Mutlu Noeller – Glædelig jul – Hyvää Joulua – Joyeux Noël – Καλά Χριστούγεννα – Merry Nollag – Buon Natale – メリークリスマス- 메리 크리스마스 – Sretan Božić – Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus – vrolijk kerstfeest – God jul – Wesołych Świąt – Feliz Natal – С Рождеством – Срећан Божић – ¡Feliz Navidad – З Різдвом – חג המולד שמח – عيد ميلاد مجيد

Although we are separated by languages, beliefs, confessions, views, oceans, border lines, color of our skin, passports or many many many other details of no importance…We should not be consumed by these differences. At the end of the day it all comes down to just being human with our strengths and weaknesses. Respect for other people and their “being human” (whether we like it or not). We are defined and united by our differences. They make us strong.

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. […]

 

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Every 10 years, millions of Middle Easterners in the U.S. turn to their census forms and check the box under race labeled “white.” This is, after all, their legal classification. The U.S. government formally recognizes anyone from “Europe, the Middle East or North Africa” as white.

This seems counterintuitive, but it’s the product of several contentious court battles that occurred in the early 1900s. The most prominent of these was Dow v. United States, a 1915 case in which Syrian immigrant George Dow fought to overturn two lower court decisions that found him ineligible for naturalization because he wasn’t white. A federal appeals court ruled in Dow’s favor. And he won because of Jesus. [Read the full article]

 

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If you didn’t know the name Lauren Green until a few days ago, you likely do now. In a display that was embarrassing even by Fox News standards, Green earned herself a special place in a canon of cringe over the weekend when she interviewed author Dr. Reza Aslan about his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” “You’re a Muslim,” she declared as her opening salvo. “So, why did you write a book about the founding of Christianity?” “Well, to be clear,” he replied, “I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament and fluency in Biblical Greek who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades who also happens to be Muslim. It’s not just that I’m some Muslim writing about Jesus. I am an expert with a PhD in the history of religions.” Green’s unblinking response? “It still begs the question, why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?” Well, sure, you possess four degrees and twenty years of experience and know Biblical Greek, but what else have you got? [Read the full article]

 

 

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By now, you’ve no doubt watched the video and seen the headlines: On Friday, Fox News’ Lauren Green aggressively questioned religious scholar Reza Aslan over why he, a Muslim, would choose to write a book about Jesus Christ. During the length of the increasingly absurd 10-minute segment, that implied criticism quickly became direct with Green accusing the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth of being incapable of providing an unbiased academic account because of his faith, and even wrongly claiming that Aslan had gone to great lengths to hide the fact he is Muslim. [Read the full article]

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