September 19, 1990 |
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.
March 20, 2007 |
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.
December 4, 2002 |
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.
October 26, 2000 |
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)
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.
September 20, 2012 |
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.
August 19, 1988 |
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.
December 3, 1987 |
"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.
November 18, 2011 |
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.
April 6, 2007 |
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.