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September 19, 1990 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
In Denys Arcand's Jesus of Montreal, Jesus may have moved from Nazareth, but He still confronts the temptations proffered by Satan and takes on the Pharisees. In Arcand's arch and eclectic satire, the seductive devil these days is - what else? - a lawyer. And the Pharisees are sleazy advertising men who worship mammon in a television studio instead of a temple, and whose goal in life is to peddle a new beer by selling sex with the suds. The last major director to consider the life of Jesus was Martin Scorsese, whose superb, courageous and deeply spiritual The Last Temptation of Christ was venomously attacked by clergy representing a wide range of denominations.
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March 20, 2007 | DEBBIE WOODELL
MAKE NO mistake, Kittredge Cherry did not set out to write "Jesus in Love" to advance the cause of lesbian and gay rights. In fact, engaging in that long-term battle on the religious front made her "sick to death," she writes in the introduction to her novel, an account of a Jesus with both heterosexual and gay desires. "I was working as the ecumenical officer for the Metropolitan Community Church, and in this role, I was advocating for equal rights for gay and lesbian people in the church," Cherry said in a recent telephone interview.
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December 4, 2002 | By Trish Boppert
Drive, He said . . . Thanks to gas-frugal Rev. Jim Ball, the topic of which vehicle the Son of God might drive has captured the nation's attention. Now that the Rev. Ball has already gone there (in an apparently Jesus- approved Toyota Prius, no less), there's no putting a lid on the speculation. Why stop at what Jesus would drive? How about prophet-approved tires, gasoline, and roadside assistance plans? Surely He has a soft spot for Manny, Moe and Jack? And then there's the troubling question of air fresheners.
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October 26, 2000 | by Joshua Green
Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched a new ad campaign that features an image of the Shroud of Turin and the slogan "Make a Lasting Impression - Go Vegetarian. " PETA explained in a statement that it "chose Jesus as its new 'poster boy' because he is widely believed to have been a member of the Essenes, a Jewish religious sect that followed a vegetarian diet and rejected animal sacrifices. " Jesus a weed-eater? It's not a new claim, but a new spin on an old one. Vegetarianism's true believers have long held that the Garden of Eden was a meatless paradise ("And God said, Behold, I have given you . . . the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat," Genesis 1:29)
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April 29, 2011
EASTER Sunday is the holiest day in the world. Our Savior rose from the dead, sacrificing his body and blood to save us. Jerusalem is the most holy city in the world, where Jesus was laid to rest. There is so much turmoil there between the Arabs and Jews, but it's sacred ground that should be worshipped with no spilling of blood. Our Lord preached there, and miracles were performed there. I wish for peace in the whole area. Leave the land pristine for the Savior to come back.
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September 20, 2012 | By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
ROME - Is a scrap of papyrus suggesting that Jesus had a wife authentic? Scholars on Wednesday questioned the much-publicized discovery by a Harvard scholar that a fourth-century fragment of papyrus provided the first evidence that some early Christians believed Jesus was married. Experts in the illicit antiquities trade also wondered about the motive of the fragment's anonymous owner, noting that the document's value has likely increased amid the publicity of the still-unproven find.
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August 19, 1988 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
It is only one of the ironies surrounding "The Last Temptation of Christ" that the publicity and resentment generated by fundamentalist groups bitterly protesting the movie's release have turned it into a box-office smash. Here is another irony: No one is better able to appreciate this movie than the devout Christians who are protesting it. If you have a deep interest in Jesus, you may find the movie infuriating, but you will probably also find it consistently engaging and at times inspiring.
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December 3, 1987 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Let's all go on down to Gainesville" urges the opening song of Cotton Patch Gospel, for in that Georgia town something big has happened - a boy named Jesus has been born to a virgin named Mary. No, this isn't the second coming of Christ; it is the story of the first retold in a grits-and-cornpone context with a Jesus who calls his Heavenly Father "Daddy" and whose chief disciple is a fellow named Rock, who is recruited while bass fishing. Those big doings in Georgia translate into a small, somewhat fatuous but likable musical, and in the Walnut Street Theater Company's zesty, very well- performed production, which opened last night, it can be liked a great deal indeed.
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November 18, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House believed he was Jesus and thought President Obama was the Antichrist, according to court documents and those who knew him. At one point, he even suggested to an acquaintance that Obama was planning to implant computer tracking chips into children. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, of Idaho Falls, was charged yesterday with attempting to assassinate the president or his staff. He is accused of firing nine rounds at the White House Friday night - one cracking a window of the first family's living quarters - while Obama and the first lady were away.
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April 6, 2007 | By The Rev. Donna Schaper
Many see this holy day as the day that Jesus died for our sins. I think not. I think Jesus died with our sins. There is a big difference. In the first formulation, Jesus is not really human but instead God, the pure and holy. In the other, Jesus is really human and has his own faults, which he takes to his death. The first formulation, we have "atonement": Everybody is a bad guy, Jesus overdoing his virtue and humanity underdoing its. The second formulation is "At-one-ment": There is room for that great character, the shadow, who is often eliminated from both Christian and American plays.
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November 19, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
POPE FRANCIS should bring his "breastplate of righteousness" and his "belt of truth" when he travels next year to "satan's playground," also known as Philadelphia. That's according to the most recognizable man in a long, white robe currently within city limits, Philly Jesus. Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, has been dressing as Jesus Christ and hanging out at LOVE Park for the past seven months, posing for pictures with tourists and "spreading seeds" for God, as he likes to put it. Pope Francis should know that being a visible religious figure in the City of Brotherly Love isn't always easy.
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November 17, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MICHAEL GRANT, the ex-drug addict who found Jesus and decided to dress like him, has made headlines again - this time with a big assist from the Philadelphia Police Department. Grant, 28, a/k/a "Philly Jesus," was arrested Friday in LOVE Park for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. "Man known as Philly Jesus arrested after walking on water," read the Daily Mail 's Saturday headline, referring to Grant's trip to Dilworth Plaza's ice-skating rink before the arrest. The Internet reacted as if the police officer had buffed a Kurt Vile mural, with Grant's supporters tweeting their outrage under the #FreePhillyJesus hashtag.
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November 16, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Grant, who has become a Center City fixture as "Philly Jesus" with his long hair, beard, robes, and staff, was arrested Friday in his LOVE Park stomping grounds, shortly after taking a few laps around the new Dilworth Park skating rink. He has been charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. "Those are charges that, in my experience, the government uses when you don't do whatever the government wants you to do, or that the police officer wants you to do," said Charles M. Gibbs, the lawyer Grant retained Saturday morning to represent him. Gibbs asked Grant to refer media inquiries to him. "He's a very decent young man who is simply exercising his First Amendment right of speech," Gibbs said Saturday.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Becoming a consecrated virgin, says Judith Stegman, means there's one thing you'll do without - obviously - and one you'll definitely need: A sense of humor. In the era of The Bachelorette and Dating Naked , of Fifty Shades of Grey and Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)," a woman who chooses to live in reverent chastity can seem a curiosity. " 'Are you married?' - it's a common question," Stegman said. "I say, 'Well, I have a ring. I'm a consecrated virgin in the Catholic Church, and that means I'm married to Christ.'" Stegman, 58, is president of the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins, dozens of whom gathered Wednesday at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's offices to talk about their lives in advance of a formal convocation in Malvern.
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July 3, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
AMERICA'S MOST popular athlete - for the time being, anyway - is Tim Howard, soccer goalie extraordinaire. Howard had 16 saves, many of them miraculous, in the United States' 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium on Tuesday. And fans reacted in a big way. There were tweets comparing Howard to Jesus: * "Jesus puts on 'Tim Howard saves' T-shirt. " * "Have you ever seen Tim Howard and Jesus in the same room? Just saying. " * "Difference between Tim Howard and Jesus - Jesus had 11 guys he could trust.
NEWS
December 26, 2013
Christmas in America has become a commercial holiday, with an emphasis on gift-giving and the shopping required to dole out and accumulate presents. But even as some ignore or obscure what makes this time of year special, it becomes more apparent to those who believe. Christmas is about believing, though it's certainly up to the individual to choose his or her beliefs. Small children believe in Santa Claus, placing their faith in the jolly old elf's ability to find their homes, be they ever so humble, and leave toys that let them lose themselves in play.
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September 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesus of Nazareth was not a religious prophet with a message of peace and universal love - much less the Son of God. He was a revolutionary, a Jewish resistance fighter who worked to overthrow Israel's Roman rulers. So writes comparative religionist Reza Aslan in Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth , which he will discuss at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (A limited number of tickets are still available.) As radical as this may sound, Aslan's theory is hardly new or particularly revolutionary.
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July 29, 2013 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
When the artist formerly known as Dolores Hart attended the Academy Awards in 2012, it was her third time on the red carpet and the first time she didn't fret about what to wear. She wore black - her nun's habit, a crisp white wimple framing her radiant face. On a recent sultry July afternoon in Philadelphia, she demonstrates the garment's versatility. It has built-in ventilation, says Mother Dolores, 74, gentling her hem to circulate cool air. Over her headpiece she sports a jaunty black beret.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
Geza Vermes, 88, a translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and renowned for books exploring the Jewish background of Jesus, died Wednesday, David Ariel, president of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, said Saturday. Mr. Vermes had an early interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, a cache of documents written between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200 which were discovered in caves at Qumran, near Jericho, between 1947 and 1956. Mr. Vermes published the first English translation of the scrolls in 1962.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
YOU KNOW John, that friendly man who sits a few rows behind you at church? Nice guy, a little plain, loves the Lord, but can't find a good woman? Finally, there's a dating show for him. While NBC's "Ready for Love" has chosen to find romantic partners for handsome, wealthy dudes (because rich, successful guys always need help with the ladies), the GSN television network is looking to build on the success of "The American Bible Challenge" (and perhaps Sean Lowe , the virgin "Bachelor")
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