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  • The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and 9/11 (A sermon)

    09/11/2016 7:49:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    We do not generally celebrate the birthdays of saints. We celebrate the date of their deaths, because how we end our lives is more important than how we begin them. However, St. John the Baptist is one of the two exceptions to this rule. We celebrate both the conception and the birth of St. John as well as the Theotokos, because these two people are the holiest of the saints. St. John was, we are told in the Gospels, filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15), and so he was a great saint,...
  • The Cherubim and The Gospels...Rev 4-7 pt 6

    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:7-8)John saw four “Living Beings”, called “beasts” in the King James Version, worshipping the Holy and Sovereign God in antiphon. The description of the...
  • Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran

    11/24/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 11-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2015 • I have started reading through a recently published book called Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. It is an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith. I recommend it highly, for its penetrating observations and its sober portrait of what happens when we remove Christianity from our culture, the same Christianity that was fundamental in our making.I'd like...
  • Does Pope Francis Really Believe the Gospels?

    08/18/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/18/15 | Father X
    A few weeks ago alarm bells went off in my head when someone forwarded me an excerpt from an English-language translation of a sermon he preached in the Pope's recent trip to South America, relating the loaves-and-fishes event to the Eucharist. Let me explain. Around two centuries ago the liberal Protestant scholar Gottlob Paulus (1761-1851) started what was to become quite a popular trend in the heretical German circles of “higher critical” biblical scholarship. Paulus wanted to recognize some historical foundation in the Gospel accounts of our Lord’s life and ministry; but his Enlightenment rationalism meant excluding all supernatural, miraculous...
  • When Jesus Says 'I Never Knew You'

    02/25/2015 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Dan Delzell
    The words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 are often quoted, but commonly misapplied. In this familiar passage our Lord declared, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Unfortunately, this passage is often presented to genuine believers...
  • Archaeologists May Have Found the Oldest Copy of One of the Gospels-(A mummy's mask)

    01/23/2015 12:03:21 PM PST · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    tatler ^ | January 21, 2015 | Chris Queen
    "New technology that allows scientists to remove the glue from the masks of mummies without damaging the ink on the paper used to make the mask has yielded an exciting discovery: a piece of papyrus that may contain the oldest known copy of one of the gospels. The finding, a fragment of the Gospel of Mark, which dates back to the year 90, is one of several fascinating texts that archaeologists are discovering in the masks of mummies. This first-century gospel fragment was written on a sheet of papyrus that was later reused to create a mask that was worn...
  • For Advent: The Synoptic Problem

    12/09/2014 5:01:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 2007 |
    The Synoptic Problem The order of the Gospels in our printed Bible is that sanctioned by Tradition. The first three Gospels are frequently called the Synoptics (from the Greek terms syn "together," and opsis "view"). When placed side by side and brought under one view, these three Gospels present a striking resemblance and appear as one narrative. Not only are many of the same events and speeches recorded in each, but the order and manner in which they are narrated is nearly the same. The problem as to the origin and relation of the first three Gospels, presented by...
  • Reza Aslan Tells Christians That Gospels Are "Replete With Historical Errors"

    11/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Reza Aslan—no relation to CS Lewis’ lion of the same name—has made a career out of reinterpreting and often trying to debunk Christian beliefs. Now Salon reports that Aslan has taken to attacking the New Testament, notably the historicity of the four gospels.
  • [Vanity] Merry CHRISTmas to all

    12/24/2013 2:52:54 PM PST · by re_nortex · 20 replies
    Self | The 24th of December 2013 A.D.
  • If Christ Has Not Been Raised (you don't want to miss this one!)

    04/01/2013 6:19:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic and Enjoying it ^ | March 31, 2013 | Mark Shea
    Here’s a little piece I did a few years back on why I think it obvious the Resurrection really happened. Exalted Felicitations of the Day!I’m told the latest trend among professional atheists, who read each other but not actual New Testament scholarship except from the hothouse of court prophets for atheism like Bob Price and Bart Ehrman, is that Jesus is a “composite”. It’s unclear what this means, but I take it that they think the authors of the New Testament dug through the Old Testament for random verses and then invented incidents in the life of Jesus in order...
  • Are the Gospels Historical?

    07/18/2012 2:49:51 AM PDT · by iowamark · 26 replies
    Standing on my Head blog ^ | 07/15/2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In the meantime, let’s go down a side route for a moment and ask first of all, whether any history can be written objectively. Is it possible for a historian to write a historical account without a bias of any kind? No. Every historian is limited by his philosophical and cultural assumptions. Every historian comes to his task with certain guiding principles that he thinks are true or valuable or helpful. These guiding principles cause him to interpret the history he records. He cannot help but make value judgements on the actions he records. Furthermore, those value judgements are in...
  • Secret Ł14million Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' unearthed in Turkey

    02/25/2012 11:40:31 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Daily Mail
    A secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI is claimed to want to see the 1,500-year-old book, which many say is the Gospel of Barnabas, that has been hidden by the Turkish state for the last 12 years. The Ł14million handwritten gold lettered tome, penned in Jesus' native Aramaic language, is said to contain his early teachings and a prediction of the Prophet's coming.
  • Joel Osteen Reads the Gospels for the First Time

    10/31/2011 6:47:53 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    The Talking Mirror ^ | 3 September 2009
    He didn't know Jesus was such a stickler. Last Thursday Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood “Church” in Houston, Texas revealed to the world that he had recently read the Gospels for the first time during a segment of the MTV Special True Life: I’m Joel Osteen. “Ya know, I decided it was about time I toughed it through all four Gospels. They’re super long but I mean, I am a pastor, right?” Osteen said laughingly in his charming Texan accent. The author of Your Best Life Now, a theological dissertation concerning the Biblical hermeneutic of success, was shocked at...
  • The Early Church Fathers on the Scriptures: The Four Gospels [Ecumenical]

    06/17/2011 9:43:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | translated 1994 | Irenaeus
    The Early Church Fathers on the Scriptures   The Four Gospelsby Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 2nd century               There are four gospels and only four, neither more nor less: four like the points of the compass, four like the chief directions of the wind. The Church, spread all over the world, has in the gospels four pillars and four winds blowing wherever people live. These four gospels are in actual fact one single Gospel,  a fourfold Gospel inspired by the one Spirit, a Gospel which has four aspects representing the work of the Son of God. These aspects are like the...
  • Last Supper celebrated a day late, physicist claims in book

    04/18/2011 3:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Cath News ^ | April 17, 2011
    Pascal Adolphe Dagnan-Bouveret's The Last Supper Wikipedia---The Last Supper is commemorated a day late, a Cambridge University physicist claims in his new book, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Belfast Telegraph. Professor Sir Colin Humphreys argues that the last supper Jesus Christ shared with his disciples occurred on Wednesday, April 1, AD33, rather than on a Thursday as traditionally celebrated in most Christian churches.The theory would explain the apparent inconsistencies between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke - which say the Last Supper was a Passover meal - and that of John, which says Jesus...
  • Philip Pullman apparently missed the entire 20th century (new book attacks the Church)

    03/28/2010 11:38:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 395+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | March 27, 2010 | Carl Olson
    In at least two ways. The background: The author of the His Dark Materials books has now written a book about Jesus. The Guardian reports: Using the four Gospels as its source, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, which will be published on Wednesday, has the naive young Mary giving birth to twins after a visit by a mysterious stranger claiming to be an angel. Hmmm, how clever: Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde meets the Four Evangelists. Per the usual rewritings of the life of Jesus (now taken on by approximately 5,267,201 authors, of whom 83.54% deny the...
  • Christ, Lunatic or God?

    11/05/2009 9:30:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 661+ views
    Christ, Lunatic or God? If reason alone were all we had to establish the existence and essence of God, we might feel curiously dissatisfied. If God is a Supreme Spirit, omnipotent and of total benevolence, the origin and end of us all, why does He not speak and re-assure us? The Christian claim is that, in fact, God has spoken to mankind first in the prophets of the Old Testament and last of all through His Son made man. The historical existence of Christ is what we are now concerned with and also with His claim to be the Son...
  • Radio Replies Volume One: Value of the Gospels

    05/05/2009 9:29:57 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 662+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Value of the Gospels 103. Will you prove the reliability of the Gospels according to the five requirements outlined by yourself to a previous inquirer? By all means, although I cannot go very deeply into the matter in the brief time at my disposal. However I shall do my best to give the main elements. Firstly, the authors assigned wrote the books attributed to them. A knowledge of Hebrew shows that the authors were certainly Jews. Historical and political references show that they were Jews of the first century, for Palestine is shown under conditions before and not after the...
  • Testimony of the Evangelists - by Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853)

    05/07/2009 12:03:59 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 689+ views ^ | 1846 | Simon Greenleaf
    Testimony of the Evangelists by Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853)   Simon Greenleaf , one of the principle founders of the Harvard Law School, originally set out to disprove the biblical testimony concerning the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was certain that a careful examination of the internal witness of the Gospels would dispel all the myths at the heart of Christianity. But this legal scholar came to the conclusion that the witnesses were reliable, and that the resurrection did in fact happen.   I n examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that...
  • Synchronizing The Gospels: Part 1

    03/17/2009 7:09:47 AM PDT · by ADReditor · 7 replies · 242+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 03/11/2009 | Joshua P. Allem
    The first four books of the Bible’s New Testament record the same event from four different perspectives. It has always been a desire of mine to thoroughly walk through each account and synchronize them into one report. In this first installment, we will cover the background and overview of what are commonly known as the Gospels, the physics of how a hyper-dimensional being became a three dimensional man, the genealogy of Jesus Christ and the supernatural structure of the text.
  • Catena Aurea's Commentary on Today's Gospel

    10/25/2008 6:17:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 134+ views
    Catena Aurea ^ | 13th Century | St. Thomas Aquinas
    Catena Aurea Luke 13: 1-9 1. There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2. And Jesus answering said to them, Suppose you that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3. I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish. 4. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think you that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5. I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent,...
  • What Is Needed for a Bible Comeback (Part 2)

    10/07/2008 10:30:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 5, 2008 | Father Lucas Teixeira, LC
    What Is Needed for a Bible Comeback (Part 2) Interview With Cardinal Albert Vanhoye By Father Lucas Teixeira, LCROME, OCT. 5, 2008 ( A renowned biblical scholar who will be participating in the synod of bishops on the word of God has advice for the faithful who don't know where to start to get to know the Bible better. Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, a Jesuit priest and former rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, spoke with ZENIT about sacred Scripture and the synod that opens today. He has been a professor...
  • ‘Explorer: The Secret Lives of Jesus,’ Dec. 17, National Geographic Channel

    12/16/2006 5:18:34 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,495+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | December 8, 2006 | David DiCerto
    Last April, the National Geographic Society made headlines with a completed translation of the second century gnostic text known as the Gospel of Judas – financed by the society and heavily promoted with tie-in books and a TV documentary – that would challenge Christianity's traditional understanding of the relationship between Jesus and his betrayer.Its new special, "The Secret Lives of Jesus," makes similar sensational claims, airing as part of the "Explorer" series Sunday, Dec. 17, 9-10 p.m. EST on cable's National Geographic Channel. Despite its provocative title, however, the program – as with the Judas expose – provides no explosive...
  • Gospel Authorship

    05/28/2006 4:46:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 213+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | May 2006 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    With so much talk lately about the Gospels, I wonder, who wrote the Gospels and how do we know? To answer this question we must first be clear on how the Gospels were formed and what constitutes authorship. Citing Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), the Catechism has a very succinct presentation on the formation of the Gospels (cf. No. 125-127). The foundational premise is that Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy maintained and continues to maintain, that the four Gospels [Matthew, Mark, Luke and John], whose historicity she unhesitatingly affirms, faithfully hand...
  • Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction

    04/15/2006 6:52:25 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Judas 'gospel' is pure fiction Rev. Sam Luptak Jr. New Castle News, 4-12-06 Today, we remember the arrest, trial and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. While Christ went willingly to the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, his arrest came as a result of one of the greatest betrayals in history. One of Jesus' disciples, a member of his inner circle, betrayed him with a kiss. For this action, Judas Iscariot was forever condemned as a traitor. For centuries, that has been the story that we have all known and accepted — until a few...
  • Early Christianity expert Pagels to speak in E.N. Thompson Forum

    09/14/2005 12:36:37 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 287+ views
    University of Nebraska News ^ | 9-14-05 | University of Nebraska
    Elaine Pagels, an internationally renowned scholar of early Christianity and Gnostic manuscripts, will deliver the talk "Beyond Belief: A Different View of Christianity" at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.
  • 'The da Vinci Code' Load - (Follywood making film; believers claim genetic descent from Jesus!(

    06/28/2005 5:58:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 789+ views
    Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is sparking a lot of controversy because of its distortions about the history of Christianity, fantasies concerning the messianic bloodline and supposed iconography embedded in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci. Predictably, Hollywood has jumped at the chance to assail the Gospels and is making a film out of Brown's novel. Tom Hanks will star in and Ron Howard will direct the cinematic version of the book. According to a poll conducted by the National Geographic Channel in Canada, where almost 20 percent of the population has read "The Da Vinci Code," people are...
  • WOW (Breakthrough in interpreting Oxyrhynchus Papyri)

    04/17/2005 6:14:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 49 replies · 5,926+ views
    the Light of Reason ^ | 4/17/05 | Arthur Silber?
    For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure – a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible. Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, tragedies and epic poems will soon be revealed. In the past four days alone, Oxford’s classicists have used it to make...
  • ChronWatch Review: 'The Passion of the Christ' - (new DVD version)

    03/27/2005 4:51:00 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 726+ views
    “The Passion of the Christ”--Directed by Mel Gibson “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” – Jesus of Nazareth It is one of the chief ironies of history that the person who taught us to turn the other cheek and to return good for evil has been one of the most divisive characters we have ever seen. That he remains so to this day is clearly shown by many of the reactions to Mel Gibson’s controversial portrait of his suffering and death, “The Passion of the Christ,” recently released on DVD. Apart from the polarizing impact of...
  • TOGETHER IN HIS NAME For Us and For Our Salvation

    12/31/2004 2:26:41 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 8 replies · 300+ views
    The Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston ^ | December 17, 2004 | Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza
    Two popular weekly magazines, Newsweek and Time, devoted their current issue (Dec. 13) to an extensive cover story on the birth of Jesus. Both magazines probed the questions which scripture scholars, theologians, historians and astronomers have asked for years: Are the Christmas stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke the literal truth, or are they stories mostly based on ancient Greek and Roman myths about their national heroes? It is not surprising that neither magazine gave a definite answer to this old question, and concluded that the debate has not been resolved by scholars. I found much in both...
  • Origin of the Twelve Days of Christmas [An Underground Catechism]

    12/26/2004 5:44:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies · 2,011+ views
    Catholic Information ^ | 12-17-05 | Fr. Hal Stockert
        ORIGIN OF "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" An Underground CatechismYou're all familiar with the Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" I think. To most it's a delightful nonsense rhyme set to music. But it had a quite serious purpose when it was written.It is a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts.Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829, when Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England, were prohibited from ANY practice of their faith by law - private OR public. It was a crime to BE a...
  • Houses of Worship: Cover Story -- Time and Newsweek put the Gospels to the test.

    12/10/2004 5:37:56 AM PST · by OESY · 23 replies · 981+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2004 | GEORGE SIM JOHNSTON
    The newsweeklies discovered long ago that Jesus Christ sells magazines. So it is not surprising to find him on the covers of Time and Newsweek a few weeks before Christmas.... What are we to make of the Gospel accounts of the Nativity? For a Christian, of course, they are true, an article of faith. But faith does not preclude looking at them as historical and literary documents.... Since the late 18th century, there has been a scholarly assault on the four Gospels, and some of the "experts' quoted by Time and Newsweek are simply bringing up the rear of this...
  • 'The Passion' Will Prove a Fiction Like The Gospels (From an Episcopal "Priest"!)

    02/21/2004 6:44:05 AM PST · by Kieri · 130 replies · 274+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | Detroit News | Harry T. Cook
    <p>When Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” comes to a theater near me later next week, I’ll be going. I will try very hard to follow the Aramaic dialogue, though it has been 40 years since I attempted to master that all-but-dead language.</p>
  • What do we know about the Gospels?

    03/04/2004 2:31:46 PM PST · by CharlieOK1 · 25 replies · 299+ views
    my heart | 3/4/04 | me
    I am reading the Bible for the first time, and am in the New Testament, the book of Luke to be exact. I am kind of embarassed to say that I have never read the entire bible. I have attended church for years, so I am familiar with it, just never sat down and read the whole thing. Anyways, I just recently became a member of a Southern Baptist Church and am starting to take Christianity more seriously. I am one of those people that when I find something I am interested in, I like to find out all I...
  • "Not peace but a sword" (Safire slams The Passion)

    02/29/2004 9:12:37 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 156 replies · 943+ views
    New York Times ^ | Mar 1 04 | William Safire
    By WILLIAM SAFIRE Published: March 1, 2004 Columnist Page: William Safire WASHINGTON — ...Mel Gibson's movie about the torture and agony of the final hours of Jesus is the bloodiest, most brutal example of sustained sadism ever presented on the screen. ...[snip] — the bar against film violence has been radically lowered. Movie mayhem, long resisted by parents, has found its loophole; others in Hollywood will now find ways to top Gibson's blockbuster, to cater to voyeurs of violence and thereby to make bloodshed banal. What are the dramatic purposes of this depiction of cruelty and pain? First, shock; the...
  • Re: Passion - Where is the Gratitude to Conservative Christians, for Their Support for Israel?

    02/24/2004 4:28:52 PM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 38 replies · 135+ views
    February 24, 2004 | Comte de Maistre
    The respected Jewish pro-family activist, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, has noted the immense damage that leftist Jewish organizations like the ADL have inflicted on Christian/Jewish relations: Rabbi Lapin notes that "instead of helping the Jewish community, they have inflicted lasting harm. By selectively unleashing their fury only on wholesome entertainment that depicts Christianity, in a positive light, they have triggered anger, hurt, and resentment." Before the year 2000, when Ariel Sharon was elected Prime Minister of Israel, it was often said that American conservative Christians were among Israel's best friends. Since that time, Arab and other Islamic nations have preached...
  • Despite Mel Gibson, the Gospels Aren't Gospel

    02/11/2004 3:55:21 PM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 210+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | February 11, 2004 | Paul Ginnetty
    <p>'It is as it was." That was supposedly how Pope John Paul II characterized the realism of "The Passion of the Christ," Mel Gibson's graphic portrayal of the final hours of the life of Jesus.</p> <p>Such a pronouncement must have been a film publicist's dream, albeit a short-lived one. The Vatican quickly released a strenuous disavowal of the papal quote, understandably concerned about the ways in which the alleged endorsement (a pontifical thumbs-up?) might be exploited in marketing blurbs.</p>
  • Who Really Wrote the Gospels?

    01/07/2004 6:49:39 PM PST · by Salvation · 128 replies · 1,631+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 2003 | Fr. William Saunders
    Who Really Wrote the Gospels?    FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS I recently attended a religious education workshop, and the teacher said that the Gospels were written by the early Church community probably between the years 200 and 300, not by St. Mark, etc. I find this strange. If this is true, then the Gospels really don't tell us much about Jesus but seem more "made up" by later believers.  The notion that the Gospels are the product of the early Church community in the third century is "strange" indeed. However, we must be aware that a lot of "strange" things have...
  • Scholar says Gibson film errs -"The Passion" has been denounced as promoting anti- Semitism

    09/20/2003 6:34:37 AM PDT · by tridentine · 59 replies · 579+ views
    Albany Times-Union ^ | September 19, 2003 | Alan Wechsler
    Last April, Sister Mary Boys was one of a handful of religious scholars who read an early script of Mel Gibson's controversial movie "The Passion," about the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ. On Thursday night, she told a standing-room-only crowd at the College of Saint Rose that Gibson's movie ignores both the Biblical teachings of the Gospels and the rulings of the Vatican. Before a crowd of more than 150 Jews and Christians, she described Gibson as a person who had no interest in listening to scholars who spent their life studying the Bible. "It's not understanding,"...
  • New Yorker exposes dishonesty of Mel Gibson's critics

    09/19/2003 11:45:19 AM PDT · by ultima ratio · 20 replies · 153+ views ^ | September 19, 2003 | Phil Brennan
    New Yorker Exposes Dishonesty of Mel Gibson's Critics Phil Brennan, Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 Some of the leading critics of Mel Gibson’s movie "The Passion" have been dishonest in their attacks, and the media have let them get away with it. In an exhaustive examination of the controversy, noted writer Peter J. Boyer explains in the New Yorker's Sept. 15 edition the murky background of the assaults on Gibson and his film. The major complaint sparked by a group of "liberal" scholars was not that the film is anti-Semitic, which most admit it is not, but that it is...
  • Cardinal gets preview of controversial film [Mel Gibson's "The Passion"]

    08/04/2003 1:35:30 AM PDT · by yonif · 45 replies · 354+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | August 3, 2003 | JANET RAUSA FULLER
    Is "The Passion"--Mel Gibson's upcoming film about the hours leading up to Jesus' death--anti-Semitic? That depends on how you interpret the Bible, says Cardinal Francis George, who saw a rough-cut version of the film two weeks ago. "It's a very graphic presentation of the passion of Christ in the Gospels," George said Saturday. "For people who think that the passion narratives are themselves anti-Semitic, well then, it's a presentation of those narratives. "For those of us who don't believe they're anti-Semitic, that Christ died for our sins, all of us, and so therefore we all caused his death, it's a...
  • Support for authenticity of book of Matthew comes from an unlikely place

    07/03/2003 11:51:43 AM PDT · by attagirl · 19 replies · 625+ views ^ | Jun. 07, 2003 | Neil Altman
    Posted on Sat, Jun. 07, 2003 Support for authenticity of book of Matthew comes from an unlikely place By NEIL ALTMAN Special to The Star Buried in ancient texts of Jewish historical works are fragments of evidence that appear to show the first book of the New Testament actually was written by one of Jesus' apostles. One of these texts also challenges a long-held assertion that no ancient text except the Bible mentions Jesus' birth. Taken together, the information lends support to the claims of some Christian scholars that Matthew actually wrote the Gospel bearing his name, a Gospel that...
  • Mel Gibson`s Passion: Jesus and the Gospels

    06/22/2003 7:19:38 PM PDT · by Hugenot · 16 replies · 368+ views
    SeaMax ^ | 6/22/2003 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    Some of Mel Gibson's biggest critics are Catholic theologians. Believe it or not, they are "accusing" him of following the Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion too closely. In other words, Gibson hasn't consulted them to receive their guidance and direction in understanding the Gospels. According to some theologians, the Gospels are theological diatribes thoroughly lacking in historical value and accuracy. Some theologians believe that the Gospels were written long after Christ's passion and therefore are more reflective of the community than they are of the actual events. Interestingly, one of the main reasons for their later dating of the gospels...
  • Gospels' Truth Uncovered

    05/15/2003 8:43:26 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 285+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-15-2003
    Gospels' truth uncovered The gospels used revolutionary printing techniques Researchers have found a possible link between the Lindisfarne gospels and another celebrated early British text, proving they may have been written at the same time in the same region. The gospels are now thought to have been written at the same time as Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English people, according to the British Library. The complex and lavishly decorated gospels are widely recognised as the pinnacle of Anglo Saxon cultural achievement. They were thought to have been written by Eadfrith, the bishop of Lindisfarne, in 698 AD, as a...