March 20, 2016
Orlando R. Barone is a writer in Doylestown Catholics notoriously know nothing about Bibles, and I was a good Catholic. I'd heard little snippets at Mass, but I never read anything out of an actual Bible until, at age 18, I decided to try it. I did realize that the stuff about Jesus was in the New Testament, so I flipped through the preliminary material and eventually got to the Four Gospels. Great. I would read one of those. I saw right away that Matthew and Luke were out of the question - too long.
December 21, 2015
Robert J. Hutchinson is the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth - And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts" (Thomas Nelson) In the midst of the annual battles over how a pluralistic society should properly recognize an important Christian holiday celebrated by 70 percent of the population, there is one question rarely asked at this time of year: Just who was Jesus of Nazareth, anyway? Some claim that Jesus didn't exist at all, and that Christianity evolved out of pagan Gnostic redeemer myths or Greek stories about "dying and rising gods.
May 26, 2015 |
The blast of the mortar shell threw Marine Lance Cpl. Joe Yonan six feet in the air and should have killed him. But the largest piece of shrapnel cut through his backpack and passed through the New Testament, stopping at Revelation. At his Huntingdon Valley home, Yonan, 91, still treasures the book that saved him 70 years ago on Okinawa and gives "thanks to God. " Along the coast of France, Navy machinist mate James Gullborg manned an antiaircraft gun on a ship that delivered tanks as shells shrieked overhead during the D-Day Normandy invasion.
September 18, 2013 |
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.
June 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it had ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity cook, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under Deen's moniker since 2011. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
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.
October 1, 2010
IDON'T believe much in redemption, despite a strong New Testament upbringing that taught me to value salvation. The Old Testament seems more just, with its emphasis on punishment and its concern for the innocent. But every now and then, you come across a case that challenges your beliefs. For me, Michael Vick could be one of them. I say "could" as opposed to "is" because the football season is only three games young, and our new QB has some yardage to cover before he convinces me that he deserves a . . . pass for his sins.
December 23, 2008 |
You're meditating on your favorite verses in the Bible. Say, the opening chapter of the Book of Mark: "God said, 'I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.' " You turn the page, and suddenly, there it is: a great big color photo of Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie? Next to a passage about God's messenger? Welcome to Bible Illuminated: The Book - New Testament, a gorgeous new edition of the latter half of the Christian Bible (the Old Testament is due out in late spring)
July 26, 2008 |
Peter Enns, a Westminster Theological Seminary professor whose recent suspension on theological grounds drew national attention, has agreed to leave the Glenside seminary on Friday. In March, the school's trustees voted, 18-9, to suspend Enns "for the good of the seminary" because his 2005 book Inspiration and Incarnation encourages Bible-believing Christians to accept that the Bible was the work of both humans and God. Enns, a tenured professor of Old Testament with graduate degrees from Harvard, was due to face a four-day hearing at the end of this month.
October 17, 2007 |
Second of two columns on what the Bible says, and doesn't say, about homosexuality. THANKS TO the dozens of "believers" - at least the civil ones - who e-mailed after my last column about Sodom and Gomorrah with lists of Bible citations to prove me wrong. After a good-faith effort, I gave up trying to respond. Our starting points are so different, there's no place we're ever going to meet. Most of you read the Bible as if it's a textbook written in English by an all-knowing deity, or at least a document that has been translated perfectly, even though there are so many differing ones.