Easter Flash Mob

I’m grateful to Mike Bird for sharing the above video. Christianity is a diverse global phenomenon – indeed, so diverse that Eastern Christians will be celebrating Easter on May 5th this year! And so sharing this song, with words characteristic of the Orthodox branch of Christianity, on the day that Catholics and Protestants celebrate Easter [Read More…]

Happy Easter!

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Principles vs. Passages

I’ve made this point before (see especially my article for Religion Dispatches from 2008). But since Jim West has written a blog post suggesting that liberal Christians neglect exegesis when it comes to subjects such as same-sex relationships, I thought I would respond to him here, just as I have in a comment on his [Read More…]

Easter Ham

What exactly is the symbolism behind the custom of eating ham at Easter – of eating a non-kosher food to celebrate a story that is set against the backdrop of the Jewish Passover? [Read more…]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More…]

Unfortunate Convergence

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Good Friday: Spoiler, Summary, Stomp

The student who presented today in my class on the Bible shared this meme image: That Jesus dies is a spoiler only in the sense that the sinking of the ship is a spoiler for those who watch the movie Titanic. But what is noteworthy in the attempts at humor is the penchant for this to [Read More…]

Jesus Wore a Red Shirt

This seemed worth posting again, since this week brings together Jesus’ death (foreseen, according to the Gospels, as clearly as that of a redshirt in a landing party) and the wearing of red to show support for marriage equality. Some people are having to explain that you can be in favor of marriage equality as [Read More…]

Amen! vs. Aha!

In some segments of Christianity, shouting “Amen!” is encouraged, and at times even requested with a phrase like “Can I hear an 'Amen'?” This isn't a Biblical way of using the word. But even if it were, it would still be problematic. It is asking for immediate assent to what is said, based on enthusiasm [Read More…]

The Letter Kills

This cartoon by David Hayward might seem anti-Biblical to some. But that’s only because they’ve missed that the Bible itself directs attention away from its pages elsewhere. As Paul puts it, “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” And yet many in our time bizarrely associate Christianity with letter-fixation. [Read more…]


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