Is this the hardest teaching of Jesus?

It just might be. Given some of what I’m reading around the interwebs these days, an alarming number of us Catholics seem temperamentally incapable of practicing Christ’s great commandment, to love the enemy (or even just someone with whom I have sharp ideological or theological disagreements). So this piece from  Notre Dame’s Timothy O’Malley really struck a [Read More…]

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Trump names his favorite Bible verse, but there’s just one little problem…

From The Washington Post:  Nearly three weeks after Donald Trump was first asked to name his favorite Bible verse, he finally has an answer: He likes what the Book of Proverbs says about not bending to envy. “Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy,’” Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s The Brody File on Tuesday evening in California. “I’ve had [Read More…]

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Bible that replaced God with Kanye West pulled from website

Was it a hoax? Or just a tasteless publicity stunt? The Christian Post reports: A novelty Bible honoring rap artist, Kanye West, has been removed from a popular website in the wake of growing complaints. It is unclear whether or not the book is a hoax. The Book of Yeezus, which is a nod to West’s [Read More…]

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Coming soon: Museum of the Bible in D.C.

Some intriguing details from NPR: In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. Green is a Pentecostal known for donating to conservative evangelical universities and developing a public school curriculum based on the Bible. After the craft store’s controversial [Read More…]

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American Bible Society leaving New York

American Bible Society headquarters in New York via Wikipedia  A big deal, from The Philadelphia Inquirer:  The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia’s historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will [Read More…]

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Mississippi moves to make the Bible the state book

A Bible handwritten in Latin, on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. (Via Wikipedia / Public Domain)  From AP:  Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. However, some lawmakers say they want to look beyond the secular literary world and designate the Bible as the state [Read More…]

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Bible app reports the most popular verses of 2014

From Huffington Post:  The Bible App has been downloaded more than 162 million times, according to the app’s creator, YouVersion. And unlike the print version of the immensely popular sacred text, the digital version can be mined for data. That traceability lets YouVersion come up with a number of interesting conclusions about how users all over the world are [Read More…]

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“I Am the Very Model of a Biblical Philologist”

Well, I’m not. But I know some of you out there will love this: an inspired re-interpretation of Gilbert and Sullivan for Bible geeks! This is pretty hilarious, even though I don’t understand most of it. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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And a little child shall lead them: new movie depicts God as a boy

From The New York Times:  Ridley Scott’s 3-D “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has computer-generated plagues, waves and tornadoes. It has boat-chomping crocodiles, 400,000 digitally rendered Hebrew slaves and a sword-wielding Christian Bale as a “Gladiator”-like Moses. But God may still steal the show. “Exodus,” to be released on Dec. 12, preserves the awful severity of the [Read More…]

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A new Catholic Bible? Check out “The Message”

Those of us who grew up with the “Good News for Modern Man” in the 1970s can be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu. But here’s some news about a new translation of the Bible that you’ll be hearing about, from NCR: The Message is relatively unknown to Catholics because it is a Protestant [Read More…]

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