Posts tagged "christianity"

Certainly, He Said

“Despite, or perhaps because of, the lack of historical fact about his motivations, Judas remains a fascination. ‘Certain traditions form around certain figures that appear in the Gospels,’” says Adam Becker, assistant professor of religious studies at New York University. “‘Those figures are tools for having conversations about certain issues. Later Christian conversations about him, which...

05 July 2004 Daily Links

“You have to change with the times,” says megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. “If Jesus were here he’d change with the times. He couldn’t ride around on a donkey. He’d drive a car.” And St. Peter, apparently, would lease a stadium in Houston… Kansas fundamentalists mark the dedication of New York’s “Freedom Tower”: “When the group began...

Shabbat Reading

Shabbat reading below; but first, a scooped report: Is muscular Christianity entering a new weight class? Yes — and you read it on The Revealer first. Now, from The New York Times:The Return of the Warrior Jesus. The Head Heeb is one of the few bloggers of any faith to pay attention to the alleged coup attempt in Sudan,...

The Book of LaHaye

Buried in a Christian Science Monitor report on apocalyptic Christians and those who preach against their doctrine is this sociological curio: “…one 2002 poll found that more Americans experience the Christian faith through radio, television, or books than by attending church.” The Revealer would like to know what kind of questions the surveyers asked — we suspect that...

Marxists for Christ

“A specter has been haunting Marxism,” writes Eugene McCarraher — “the specter of Christianity.” The heavyweights of Marxist academe (they still walk the earth) have gone and got themselves some God, reports McCarraher. None more so than the so-called “bad boy of theory,” Slavoj Zizek – whom McCarraher describes as “the godless theologian of our time, exhibiting all the...

Christianity

The Protestant press Christianity Today — Conservative evangelical ideas and news in a smart, thoughtful magazine — the New Yorker of evangelical publishing. Christian Today is an ecumenical, evangelical online daily with a global reach. World — Very conservative evangelical ideas and news in an angry, fierce magazine with a hard-to-believe veneer of sweetness — the Mike Tyson of evangelical publishing. An...

Don’t Go There, Jews

To the barricades, Christian soldiers: Christianity Today’s editors predict that Mel Gibson’s Passion ”will provoke exactly the same number of anti-Semitic incidents as [Campus Crusade's] Jesus film: Zero.” Therefore, they write, Jews and Catholics had better stop griping — or else. This editorial, coming in evangelical Christianity’s most respected magazine, marks yet another disturbing turn in the Passion battle. CT says concern over the film “borders on anti-Christian...

“Europe is No Longer Christian”

Today’s New York Times features a front-pager on the decline of institutional religion in Europe by Frank Bruni. Running for a full page on the inside, it sheds as much light on the changing nature of “church” in America as in Europe — a perspective especially welcome in view of what may be the disintegration of American Episcopalianism...

Biblical Christians (As Opposed to The Other Kind)

A gathering of conservative Episcopalians in Dallas ended yesterday with the church still intact and the majority of the conservatives dedicated to pushing Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire out for being out rather than splintering off to form their own gay-free gathering of God’s frozen people. Susan Hogan-Albach of the Dallas Morning News reports on the conference and the views...