September 20, 2012 |
BOSTON - A Harvard University professor on Tuesday unveiled a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that she said is the only existing ancient text quoting Jesus explicitly referring to having a wife. Karen King, an expert in the history of Christianity, said the text contains a dialogue in which Jesus refers to "my wife," whom he identifies as Mary. King said the fragment of Coptic script is a copy of a gospel, probably written in Greek in the second century. King helped translate and unveiled the tiny fragment at a conference of Coptic experts in Rome.
September 12, 2012
* SONS OF ANARCHY. 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX. KURT SUTTER may not need to get Katey Sagal anything for their next anniversary. Because the creator of FX's "Sons of Anarchy," whose wife is one of the show's biggest stars, has already given her Jimmy Smits. There aren't many things to be exactly cheerful about in Tuesday's season-five premiere of "Sons," a drama about an outlaw motorcycle gang in which the level of violence still holds the power to shock. But the introduction of Smits as Nero Padilla, an intriguing new friend for Gemma (Sagal)
September 10, 2012 |
Sometimes, when a performer hasn't soundchecked properly or is careless, the audience gets subjected to a moment of screeching feedback that's startling, wince-inducing, and occasionally painful. In the mid-'80s, Glasgow's Jesus & Mary Chain made an aesthetic of those moments, combining them with Beach Boys melodies, Velvet Underground drones, and disdainful detachment, and at Union Transfer Saturday night, those screeches, between songs or within them, were ubiquitous. And marvelous.
August 27, 2012
Orlando R. Barone is a freelance writer in Doylestown It recently came to my attention that my granddaughter might be a pagan. And I might be responsible. With the Catholic bishops hot on the trail of wayward nuns, is there hope for her? Sydney is 9 and an avid reader, so I innocently purchased for her the popular Percy Jackson series, for which I took out a small second mortgage. Percy turns out to be a Greek demigod with ADHD, which is apparently a good thing if you are a demigod.
August 18, 2012 |
Philadelphia police today arrested a man wanted for a series of store burglaries in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, authorities said. An eagle-eyed Seventh District officer saw Daniel Haggard boarding a SEPTA bus about 8 a.m. on the 5200 block of Frankford Avenue and took him into custody, police said. Inside a bag Haggard was carrying, police found cartons of cigarettes he allegedly stole four hours earlier during a burglary at the CVS on the 9800 block of Bustleton Avenue, police said.
July 28, 2012 |
Saying America is so mired in "moral depravity" that only a mass appeal to the Almighty can save it, Christian evangelical leaders from across the country are planning a giant prayer rally for Sept. 29 in Philadelphia. The "America for Jesus" daylong gathering on Independence Mall is expected to draw at least 30,000 people who "want to turn the nation around," said Bishop Anne Giminez, chairwoman of the event and pastor of Rock Pentecostal Church in Virginia Beach, Va. "We see the symptoms of decline all around us," she said Wednesday, citing murder and abortion rates and the decline of marriage.
July 6, 2012 |
The nuns are on a roll. In fact, they rolled into Philadelphia last weekend as part of their "Nuns on the Bus" tour to express their displeasure at Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed budget, which they say would harm the poor. As you may know from reports about such nuns as Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia, these ladies have developed a certain attachment to impoverished and marginalized people. In their cut-to-the-chase jargon, the nuns say they are "missioned" to stand with people in need.
May 14, 2012 |
In Spiritualized, Jason Pierce uses minimalism for maximum effect. Most of the songs during the band's 130-minute performance Friday night at the Theater of Living Arts built on a one- or two-chord guitar riff, but they became majestic, inspiring monuments. Pierce's roots are in psychedelic rock (going back to the '80s, when he called himself J. Spaceman in the British band Spacemen 3) and in the Velvet Underground (the new Sweet Heart Sweet Light and its lead track, "Hey Jane," jumble the titles of VU's White Light White Heat and "Sweet Jane")
April 8, 2012 |
It is not easy being Christian, what with doing unto others, loving your enemies, turning the other cheek. Yet the far greater challenge is to accept without doubt the core belief evinced in the Easter story - that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. "No doctrine of the Christian faith is so vigorously and stubbornly opposed as the doctrine of the resurrection of the flesh. " That lament was voiced 1,600 years ago by St. Augustine, the great theologian of the early church.
April 6, 2012 |
The Easter season is a celebration of deliverance, and the liturgical calendar sets up Easter Week as a kind of catharsis. Holy Thursday and the Last Supper have an ominous feel because they are preparation for Good Friday and the dolorous story of Jesus' crucifixion. Yet two days later, the tale ends in triumph and resurrection. Whatever questions Christians may have about the meaning of that empty tomb, most of us have experienced a sense of joy when the words "He is risen, alleluia!"