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  • Who Killed Jesus? The Historical Context of Jesus’ Crucifixion

    03/11/2018 11:47:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    Zondervan Academic ^ | April 11, 2017 | ZA Blog
    Much of the scholarly discussion about the circumstances of JesusÂ’ death relates to the question of who was responsible for his arrest and crucifixion.Who was responsible? The Jews or the Romans?Historically, the primary responsibility has been placed on the Jewish leadership and the Jews in Jerusalem. Throughout the centuries, this has sometimes had tragic consequences, resulting in anti-Semitism and violence against Jews.More recent trends in scholarship have shifted the blame to the Romans.The tendency to blame the Jews, it is said, arose in the decades after the crucifixion with the churchÂ’s growing conflict with the synagogue and its desire to...
  • Donald Trump and The Pharisees

    10/11/2016 12:41:28 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 15 replies
    James Patrick Riley ^ | August 11, 2016 | James Riley
    You might be on your way to the sanctuary for worship, and you see a man curled up by the side of the road, bloody and beaten by robbers.  Something tells you the man needs your help (that’s God talking to you), but you are wearing your Sunday best, and you’re not trained as a first responder, and you’ve been given the honor of opening today’s meeting in prayer, and, besides, this guy is probably a drug addict and you have little children you’re responsible for — so you hurry on to church and you prove that you have the...
  • Christian leaders balk at Falwell's Trump endorsement

    'The late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. would be rolling over in his grave,' one social conservative leader warns. Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Donald Trump on Tuesday was swiftly met with a backlash from other Christian conservatives sounding the alarm about what they see as a dangerous candidate with questionable morals. While the official backing of Trump wasn’t a big surprise — Falwell had heaped praise on Trump last week when he spoke at Liberty University — it came during a fraught time, as many are waking up to the real possibility that Trump could win Iowa next week and...
  • De Mattei: The Pharisees and Sadducees of our time [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 7:22:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Corrispondenza Romana via Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Criticizing the “Pharisees” is recurrent in Pope Francis’ words. In numerous discourses, between 2013 and 2015, he has spoken of “the sickness of the Pharisees” (7th November 2013), “who rebuke Jesus for not respecting the Sabbath” (1st April 2014), of “the temptation of self-sufficiency and of clericalism, that codification of the faith in rules and regulations, as the scribes, the Pharisees, the doctors of the law did at the time of Jesus” (September 19th 2014). In the Angelus of August 30th 2015 he said that just as it was for the Pharisees it is “dangerous too for us to consider...
  • Do Not Be Afraid, For Evil Cannot Withstand the Power of Jesus

    07/15/2015 8:05:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 24 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do Not Be Afraid, For Evil Cannot Withstand the Power of Jesus Evil, no matter how powerful it seems, cannot stand. It will ultimately self-destruct and be overcome by the Light. Some Pharisees, likely disingenuous in their motives, approach Jesus to warn him that he needs to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Jesus says simply: Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.' (Luke 13:32) Surely Jesus has more in mind here than the next three...
  • God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year

    10/19/2014 2:29:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God and God Alone: A Homily for the 29th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel today contains lots of interesting juxtapositions: hatred for Jesus but grudging respect for him,  real questions versus rhetorical ones, politics and faith, duties to Caesar and duties to God. The word  “juxtaposition” is from the Latin juxta (meaning “near”) and positio (meaning “place or position”). Hence juxtaposition is the placing of two things near to each other in order to see how they are similar and yet different.  In English, usually a juxtaposition emphasizes differences more than similarities.Let’s look at these one...
  • Pope explains name, urges 'church for the poor'

    03/16/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The focus of Pope Francis' papacy began to emerge Saturday as he offered some intimate insights into the conclave that elected him pontiff, describing how he was immediately inspired to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi because he wants to see a church that is "for the poor." His comments provided further evidence that this first Latin American papacy would be one that looks beyond the confines of the church itself to the most disadvantaged, named for a 13th-century friar who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and simplicity and...
  • Does Jesus Condemn Tradition?

    08/30/2012 2:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 30, 2012 | MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO, PH.D.
    One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!” Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the simple Christian faith by adding all sorts of practices, customs and doctrines over the centuries. They thought the Church in their day was guilty of exactly the same Pharisaical obsession with traditions condemned by Jesus in this Sunday’s gospel (Mark 7:1-23). The solution, it seemed, was simple. Let’s purify the Church by ditching all these traditions and keeping the Bible alone. But if we read this portion of the Bible closely, the Lord is not telling us...
  • Couple suing Southern Baptist Convention

    10/24/2011 5:28:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies ^ | 24 October 2011 | Nash
    A Metro Nashville Council member is suing the Southern Baptist Convention for $1.5 million. Ron Nollner and his wife, Beverly, filed the lawsuit against the nation's largest Protestant denomination and related entities last week. The lawsuit states the two went to New Delhi as missionaries in 2009 and were hired by the Virginia-based International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to oversee construction of an office building there. However, the lawsuit claims they were fired after Ron Nollner complained about illegal and unsafe building practices at the job site and said the project's architect and builder were paying bribes...
  • A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question

    06/12/2011 5:01:54 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 147 replies · 1+ views
    BYU Studies ^ | Reviewer Roger Terry of author Craig Foster's book
    As can be expected from a book published by Greg Kofford, Craig L. Foster’s A Different God? is well researched and engaging. This book begins by examining the rise of the religious right and the power it exerts on the current political landscape. Foster presents a good deal of information that most Latter-day Saints will not be well acquainted with, such as the difference between evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, the emergence of the charismatic movement, the rise and fall of the Moral Majority, and the subsequent establishment of the Christian Coalition. This background is particularly pertinent to the majority of...
  • The Environmental State of The Union(Old article, reposted today by Comcast)

    04/22/2011 4:07:30 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 1 replies
    24/7 Wall St ^ | Dec 16, 2010 | Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre, Ashley C. Allen
    Although all the countries which attended the recent Climate Summit in Cancun, Mexico claimed to care about the environment, they have an odd way of showing it. The challenges are more profound in the US than many other countries. America has been the leader of the industrial world since the Great Depression. That makes it the nation that has polluted the most for the longest amount of time. 24/7 Wall St. has analyzed the environmental issues facing the 50 states. Pollution is as much a state problem as a national one. Ohio, which ranks poorly on our list, has more...
  • Tiffany Gee Lewis: Pint-sized Pharisees — How to avoid raising self-righteous children

    10/08/2010 3:51:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 97 replies · 2+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | Tiffany Gee Lewis
    We stepped outside on Sunday for our ritual family walk. I immediately heard shouts from my kids. "Mom, the neighbor kids are riding their bikes on Sunday!" We have had this conversation a thousand times: Our family has rules that don't apply to other families. They go to different churches. All churches are good. We are in that stage with our children where we try and do the delicate balance of teaching them correct principles without turning them into Pharisees for the rest of the neighborhood. I'm sure you've all had that experience where you go out to a restaurant,...
  • Why I left the Catholic Church

    04/04/2010 3:54:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 480 replies · 3,718+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 4, 2010 | MICHELE MATTIA
    I grew up in the Catholic Church; however, it seemed like I was Catholic by inheritance only, as no one in my family prayed before meals, read from the Bible, or even discussed God. You went to church because you were supposed to go to church. I attended Catechism classes every Sunday until I turned 13 and received my Confirmation. My teachers were often frustrated with my perpetually raised hand to ask questions like: Why can’t women become priests? Why can’t priests get married? Why do I have to go to confession instead of talking to God directly? And why...
  • Best wedding processional. Ever. Now, the backstory...

    07/26/2009 2:23:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 111 replies · 2,506+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 25, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    Well, the couple who launched this terrific wedding video are speaking out about their exuberant nuptial boogie. They popped up a couple days ago on TODAY: Most couples wait until the reception before breaking out into the Funky Chicken on their wedding day, but Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson figured, why wait to unleash their unbridled joy? The 28-year-olds floored their wedding guests by having their whole bridal party — including seven bridesmaids, five groomsmen and four ushers — boogie down the aisle in a choreographed dance more at home in a Broadway musical than in a somber church. Groomsmen...
  • Injustice can be blind

    07/20/2009 9:10:54 PM PDT · by ancientart · 218+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 19, 2009 | Art Marmorstein
    Shakespeare's Richard III says that, since he cannot play the lover, he'll play the villain. It's a choice few of us would admit to ourselves: we don't want to think of ourselves as villains, and we're not comfortable if we don't feel like we're essentially good people. We want to believe that, at a minimum, we're just slightly better than the average Joe. The trouble is that being a truly good person is hard. It's hard to control your temper. It's hard to fight against the temptations to lust, to greed, to laziness, to envy and to gluttony. And so...
  • Orthodox Jewish youths burn New Testaments in Or Yehuda

    05/20/2008 11:43:09 AM PDT · by Alexius · 235 replies · 239+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05-20-08 | The Associated Press
    Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land. Or Yehuda Deputy Mayor Uzi Aharon said missionaries recently entered a neighborhood in the predominantly religious town of 34,000 in central Israel, distributing hundreds of New Testaments and missionary material. After receiving complaints, Aharon said, he got into a loudspeaker car last Thursday and drove through the neighborhood, urging people to turn over the material to Jewish religious students who went door to door to collect it. "The books were dumped into a pile and...
  • Pharisaic Purity (First in a Series)

    11/26/2007 1:56:26 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 86+ views
    NCR ^ | November 25, 2007 | Mark Shea
    We tend to be hard on the Pharisees without seeing the difficulty they faced. They were not cartoons. They were men who, like us sometimes, learned the right lesson but drew the wrong conclusion from the Law of Moses. Under the Law, ritual defilement was intended as a kind of sign or shadow: to show us in our pride that we could not, by our own strength and power, keep ourselves clean from sin. The intended lesson: We need God to cleanse us through Christ.But the Pharisees took away something very different. They concluded they could find sanctity in only...
  • Megachurch took in $69 million in 2006

    11/11/2007 5:20:17 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 152 replies · 356+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Nov. 11, 2007 | A.P.
    An Atlanta megachurch took in $69 million in 2006, according to a financial statement the church's minister released in response to a Senate investigation into him and five other well-known televangelists. The Rev. Creflo Dollar disclosed the World Changers Church International's financial information to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but said the money he spends is his own. Dollar said his income comes from personal investments, including businesses and real estate ventures. But the church gave him a Rolls Royce, which he mainly uses for special occasions, he said. "Without a doubt, my life is not average," he said. "But I'd like...
  • Getting in Touch With Reality (good character and behavior as a ticket to Heaven)

    10/28/2007 3:18:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 108+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | October 26, 2007 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Each year, at one of our country's leading Catholic universities, a professor does a survey with his incoming class of students.  He puts to them this question: "If you were to die tonight and appear at the pearly gates, what would be your entry ticket?"Nine out of ten bet their good character and behavior will gain them admission.This is exactly the strategy used by the Pharisee in the parable that we find in this Sunday's gospel (Luke 18:9-14) about the Pharisee and the publican.As we listen to this story today, the Pharisee strikes us as conceited.  His real problem, though,...
  • Mother Teresa Did Not Feel Christ's Presence for Last Half of Her Life, Letters Reveal

    08/24/2007 8:40:01 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 275 replies · 3,478+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/24/2007 | Unknown
    Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who has been put on the “fast track” to sainthood, was so tormented by doubts about her faith that she felt “a hypocrite,” it has emerged from a book of her letters to friends and confessors. Shortly after beginning her work in the slums of Calcutta, she wrote: “Where is my faith? Even deep down there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. If there be a God — please forgive me.” In letters eight years later she was still expressing “such deep longing for God,” adding that she felt “repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no...