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March 10, 2014
Could the pope of Rome ever be Jewish?
ELIZABETH ASKS: Isn’t it possible for the Pope to be Jewish? And if the Catholic...
March 03, 2014
The latest Bible ruckus: Oh those camels!
KENNETH ASKS: With new research questioning the Bible’s report that domesticated camels existed as early...
March 03, 2014
Sharp reporting exposes anti-Israel PCUSA study
I once made a Presbyterian leader sputter. Didn’t mean to. I just asked a question...
February 15, 2014
Camels and tigers and bears, oh my!
The silly season is early this year. With editors and most top-tier reporters away in...
February 14, 2014
Got news? The one and only Caesar of Jewish humor
Remember all of those nasty charges by anti-Semites through the years that The New York...
February 13, 2014
Hollywood’s ‘Noah’ wars: Why not quote the Bible?
Let's face it. That Noah character in Genesis 9 is one pretty wired, complex fellow....
February 06, 2014
Were there any ghosts in the Rosenberg diary? You think?
First things first: Anyone who is interested in history, especially the history of the ideas...
January 30, 2014
Now who was that Joseph guy in the old story from Genesis?
Former GetReligionista Brad Greenberg passed along this interesting item from Twitter, which barely requires commentary...
January 19, 2014
On the cautious use of loaded terms such as ‘messianism’
So let's try this again. The other day I wrote about a news report that...
January 15, 2014
Whoa! Was John Kerry being too messianic or Messianic?
Holy dictionary! Talk about leaving a crucial term in a story undefined, unexplained, unattributed or...
January 09, 2014
News flash! AP ends the Great Schism of 1054!
Many moons ago -- just under a quarter of a century -- I covered a...
January 01, 2014
Happy (religious) New Year, all year long, age after age
THE GUY EXPLAINS: Lacking a specific question from a reader, The Guy takes on his...
December 31, 2013
Haaretz and Jewish resistance to the Holocaust
Do you remember Tom Lehrer, the composer/comedian/mathematician? I have long loved his music, which I...
December 17, 2013
UK’s Telegraph finds atheists in Florida — film at 11
Here's a shocker: America is becoming more secular, atheism is on the rise and --...
December 12, 2013
Santa Claus is coming … to Texas schools
No more winter parties in Wichita Falls, nor holiday trees in Houston: Schoolchildren in the...
December 06, 2013
WSJ gets the tone right on Holocaust survivor story
There's so much bad reporting about religion and religion-related stories these days -- the continual...
November 27, 2013
Reuters skips a key detail in Israel’s wedding wars — divorce
Everybody loves a wedding, or so culture would have us believe. However, according to a...
November 18, 2013
Are all Jews preparing for Thanksgivukkah the same way?
Many years ago, I worked at a newspaper -- let's leave the name out of...
November 04, 2013
What is the moral status of sex outside of marriage?
ANNE ASKS: Do we have to get married to have sex? What does the Bible...
October 29, 2013
Forgetting the kippah or crucifix (and the second why)
All-nighters and Domino's Pizza at the student newspaper. X-acto knives and 2-point tape. The smell...
October 12, 2013
An ultra-Orthodox case that is anything but
It's not about religion. So said Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Joseph Gribko in a story...
October 06, 2013
WSJ: Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the ‘Menurkey’
To purists, Hanukkah, sometimes rendered Chanukah, is the red-headed stepchild of Jewish holy days: it's not...
October 04, 2013
Pod people: Deja vu on global persecution of Christians
As a rule, I don't discuss the contents of one of my new Scripps Howard...
October 04, 2013
Sarajevo census blues
"Context is king" is a catch phrase that summarizes the critique offered in many of...
October 02, 2013
Pew news: You don’t have to be religious to be Jewish
Readers (and bloggers) "of a certain age" will recall the famous advertising campaign for Levy's...
September 30, 2013
Der Spiegel and the cutting question of circumcision
The issue of circumcision has returned to Germany's newspapers -- and the manner in which...
September 26, 2013
Praying Jews flock to the Temple Mount; world notices
If there is a "Ground Zero" for the world's three Abrahamic religions -- Judaism, Christianity...
September 23, 2013
Communing with a Lubavitcher ‘saint?’
One of the most fascinating communities in Orthodox Judaism has to be the Lubavitcher group,...
September 20, 2013
Intended consequences — The Times & Jewish Jerusalem
Choosing determines all human decisions. In making his choice man chooses not only between various...
September 19, 2013
Jackpot! Godbeat pro shows her winning hand
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