Bible puzzler: Did John write the Gospel of John?

PATRICIA'S QUESTION:Who do you think authored the Fourth Gospel?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:This follows up on our December 10 item about whether the apostle John wrote the Bible's Book of Revelation. The Religion Guy will report what some experts say, not what a mere journalist thinks. The full question from seminary graduate Patricia shows she's familiar with this debate. Bottom line, there's no simple answer.The headline sounds like a conundrum. But remember the Gospel text … [Read More...]

What’s the Jesus Movement’s impact 45 years later?

JOSH'S QUERY:[Referring to "Time" magazine's 1971 cover story on the youthful "Jesus Revolution"]  A lot has happened since then -- culturally, religiously, movement-wise -- and I'd be fascinated to see you revisit your journalistic and theological mind.THE RELIGION GUY'S RESPONSE:This interests Josh because his parents were members of Love Inn, which typified the youth-driven "Jesus Movement" of those days. It was a combination church, commune, Christian rock venue and traveling … [Read More...]

What are the ins and outs — mostly ins — of the Internet’s Bible Gateway?”

HEATHER'S QUESTION:I don't see the New Revised Standard Version in my biblegateway.com app. Do you have any idea why it's excluded?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:This specific topic is quick and easy, so the Guy will use the space and occasion to provide broader information about the quite remarkable www.biblegateway.com (hereafter BG), billed as "the most-visited Christian Website in the world" with "more than 18 million unique visitors per month" -- and a must for Religion Q and A … [Read More...]

Why do certain Muslims still practice beheading?

TERRY'S QUESTION:What is it with Muslims and beheadings? Where does that come from?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:Islam has no hesitation about capital punishment when proper legal procedures are observed and death is hudud (mandatory) under Sharia (religious law). Traditionally this covers such infractions as murder, adultery, homosexual activity, political rebellion, and apostasy, including (under the strictest regimes) conversion to a different religion.Beheading has a long human … [Read More...]

Who was “Theophilus,” that New Testament man of mystery?

RACHAEL'S  QUESTION: Luke addressed the books of Luke and Acts to Theophilus, but who is he? THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:Theophilus is a very important person in the New Testament, yet we know next to nothing about him.  If, that is, he was an actual person at all rather than some sort of symbol.  The only information 1st Century history has to offer comes in the introductions to two biblical books: -- "It seemed good to me also, having followed all th … [Read More...]

“Can we be good without God?”

MARY'S QUESTION:Is a belief in God essential to morality?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:Many online articles carry that above headline so Mary's question is a classic, one seen in this little incident: A traditional Nativity scene is being moved away from Nebraska's state capitol for Christmas week 2015 to make way for atheists' "Reason This Season" display. A sponsor explained the purpose: "It's meant to communicate that atheists are not bad people; we can be good without God."Some … [Read More...]

Who wrote the Bible’s Book of Revelation?

JOHN (the perfect name for this question) ASKS:I thought the John of Revelation was the Beloved Disciple. The sermon today tried to disabuse me of that notion. What do we know about this?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:One cherished Christmas tradition is dramatic presentation of the story of Jesus via Handel's "Messiah," the most-beloved, most-performed musical setting of Bible verses ever composed.  This 1742 oratorio concludes with a stirring chorus taken from the Book of Revelation … [Read More...]

What’s the background of the Episcopal Church’s new leader?

AN EPISCOPALIAN ASKS:Can you tell us something more about the presiding bishop of our [Episcopal] Church? I've heard only upbeat things about him from people who have met and heard him. Will he be a Marco Rubio -- a very effective speaker who can connect with people?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:Perhaps so. Here's some information about the personable Michael Bruce Curry, 62, who was installed this month as the new presiding bishop of America's troubled Episcopal Church. Some U.S. … [Read More...]

Is Islam a “religion of peace”?

With Islamic State claiming responsibility for the Friday the 13th massacres in Paris, the Religion Guy is re-posting the following answer from February 21,2015, and calls attention to the link below to "Who speaks for Islam in a time of terrorism?"DAVID ASKS:Where is the Muslim peace movement? Put another way, if Islam is a peace-loving religion where are the Muslim voices for peace?THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS:“Islam is a religion that preaches peace,” U.S. President Barack Obama t … [Read More...]

What is Seventh-day Adventism?

RUSSELL'S QUESTION:Since Donald Trump brought Ben Carson's religion to the forefront, can you tell us more about the Seventh-day Adventist Church?THE RELIGION GUY'S ANSWER:Presidential candidate Trump contrasted his own "middle of the road" Presbyterian Church (USA) with Carson's Seventh-day Adventist Church as a religion "I don't know about."  That suggested the SDA denomination is not just lesser-known but on the cultural margins and possibly suspect.This born-in-America faith … [Read More...]

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