March 4, 2013 |
'In the beginning was the Word," begins an ancient Middle Eastern text, "and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. " In time its anonymous author would be assigned the name John, and his mystical story of the life and death of Jesus - whom he presents as having existed before all time - would join 26 other texts in a book that has shaped Western civilization like no other. The New Testament is, for many millions of Christians, the inspired Word of God, sacred and immutable: the perfect account of Jesus, the perfect human.
February 14, 2013 |
Baseball's back - with pitches tossed, fungoes tapped, sunflower seeds spit, and denials of performance-enhancing-drug use. Washington Nationals righthander Gio Gonzalez arrived in Venice, Fla., dropped his bags, and said he was not on PEDs, despite his name's allegedly appearing on a list at a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables. "I think that at the end of the day I've never taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I never will," the 27-year-old said. In Peoria, Ariz., Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, whose name reportedly appeared in the clinic records, also denied involvement.
January 14, 2013
The Testament of Mary By Colm Tóibín Scribner. 96 pp. $19.99. Reviewed by Helen W. Mallon After the silent night came a cataclysm. Colm Tóibín's novella The Testament of Mary highlights the microscopic, personal aspect of Christianity's earthshaking beginnings. In this daring interpretation, he takes a behind-the-icon approach to Mary, the Catholic embodiment of perfection. This book is one in which the name Jesus does not appear.
December 25, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Christians from the world over packed Manger Square in Bethlehem on Monday to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the ancient West Bank town where he was born. For their Palestinian hosts, this holiday season was an especially joyous one, with the hardships of the Israeli occupation that so often clouded previous celebrations eased by the United Nations' recent recognition of an independent state of Palestine. In his annual pre-Christmas homily, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, said the road to actual freedom was still long, but this year's festivities were doubly joyful, celebrating "the birth of Christ our Lord and the birth of the state of Palestine.
December 21, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - A single bell repeatedly rang a sad, slow beat Thursday at the Connecticut funeral of a 6-year-old girl killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, while a cardinal in New York compared a slain teacher to Jesus for giving up her life to protect others. In Newtown, mourners hurried through the packed parking lot of St. Rose of Lima Church to attend the funeral Mass for Catherine Hubbard. Catherine's family said in her obituary that she would be remembered for her passion for animals and her constant smile.
October 1, 2012 |
Pat Robertson stood before Independence Hall Saturday and proclaimed that "This nation belongs to Jesus. " The 82-year-old broadcaster, a stalwart of the Christian right, spoke to a crowd of nearly 10,000 that had gathered on the mall to reverse the course of what they called a United States gone wrong. "I ran for president once, and it's a mistake I wouldn't want anybody to make," said Robertson, who had walked to the lectern slowly and hunched over. "We will never change America through politics.
September 30, 2012 |
Televangelist M.G. Pat Robertson exhorted a crowd of thousands to reclaim the nation for God at a prayer gathering Saturday on Independence Mall. "I don't care what the ACLU says or any athiest says, this nation belongs to Jesus," said Robertson, 82. The founder of the 700 Club and stalwart of the Christian Right addressed a crowd who met on the mall for America for Jesus 2012, a national prayer gathering. A park ranger estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000. The two-day event was organized by One Nation under God, a coalition of ministries that organized a similar series of events in Washington, D.C., during the 1980s and 1990s.
September 22, 2012 |
Artifacts at an exhibit in Philadelphia may support an idea that became part of the international conversation this week - that Jesus possibly was married. Two bone-storage boxes, part of the Franklin Institute's Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, once contained the remains of a married "Jesus son of Joseph" and a woman whose name resembled that of Mary Magdalene, the likeliest candidate for a spouse, says scholar James Tabor, who laid out the case in his best-selling The Jesus Discovery , published early this year.
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.
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.