Jesus Christ is Risen Today (Special Version for 2016)

Bob Royalty shared on Facebook this set of new lyrics he wrote for a well-known Easter hymn, with words that reflect the profound divisions between the Eastern and Western churches over the date of Easter: Jesus Christ is risen today! A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Or is it the First of May? A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. Hung up on 14 Nisan, A-a-a-a-a-le-e-u-u-ia. [Read More…]

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Mythicist Defenders of Christian Orthodoxy

It never ceases to amaze me, when I talk to Jesus mythicists online, how eagerly they embrace and defend Christian orthodoxy. They do not accept that Christian orthodoxy is true, of course. But they accept that it gets the facts right – an odd stance for such so-called skeptics to accept uncritically, never mind do battle about. But they [Read More…]

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LOST Rewatch: The Moth

Religion features prominently from early on in this episode. It is implicit when Jack and Kate talk about the possibility of rescue, Jack saying he wishes he shared Kate’s faith. But it is explicit as Charlie goes to confession, indicating that he had yielded to sexual temptation, and deciding that he needs to quit the [Read More…]

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Catholic Meeting Today

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Elysium

I recently watched the movie Elysium. It can't decide whether it wants to primarily be an action sci-fi movie or a dystopian political commentary, and so it tries to do both. But it is the latter that makes it powerful. The movie envisages a future in which the wealthy have moved to Elysium – a [Read More…]

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#FirstCenturyProblems

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First Review of Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith

I think the review by Jonathan Lomas in Thinking Faith may be the first published review of the book I co-edited with Andrew Crome, Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith. The review provides a great overview of the book. Here’s the conclusion: As co-editor James F. McGrath notes, ‘One can readily discuss very serious topics related [Read More…]

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Employers’ Freedom vs. Employees’ Freedom

Hemant Mehta has gotten to the heart of the issue in one debate about the Affordable Care Act and the question of whether employers can be required by law to provide health insurance that covers things an employers disapproves of. It is the same question as whether an employer can be required by law to [Read More…]

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Just Following the Bible

Stuff Fundies Like posted the following gem: I just follow the Bible. I just follow the obvious meanings of a 400 year old translation of a document written originally in languages I don’t speak, influenced heavily by cultures I don’t begin to understand, and by people who I mistakenly assume looked, acted, thought and dressed [Read More…]

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Jesus the Socialist: Candida Moss vs. Bill O’Reilly

Mark Goodacre, Chris Skinner, and Chris Keith all shared the above video and offered some comments on it. O’Reilly seems not to be aware of Luke 14:33: “those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” I love that O’Reilly doesn’t know the word “anachronistic” and yet thinks he can discuss [Read More…]

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White Smoke

HT The Sacred Page UPDATE: We now know the name: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been chosen and will become Pope Francis I. [Read more…]

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