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Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

Good Friday and Easter musings on the US Empire

April 6, 2012

Over Holy Week, the days before celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter, Christians are called to meditate on Jesus’ last days. On Good Friday, in churches and often in city streets, it is customary to retrace the “Way of the Cross,” symbolically following Jesus from his trial before the Roman procurator Pontius Pilate to […]

Jesus the nonviolent Leftist

February 7, 2012

Jesus of the Gospels was an outspoken, nonviolent leftist who tried to reform his authoritarian conservative, dogmatic church but also refused to shut up with his call for justice for the down-trodden — even when his superiors threatened him with serious consequences if he didn’t. The economic model of Jesus’ early church was socialist, where […]

Reclaiming the essence of Christianity

January 27, 2012

From time to time, I read about condemnations of religion coming from non-religious groups, especially concerning the all-too-common violence perpetrated in the name of religious gods. Indeed there is plenty to condemn. Obvious examples include those portions of the three major war-justifying religions of the world: fundamentalist Islam, fundamentalist Judaism and fundamentalist Christianity. I use […]

A Nazi Jesus or the Christ of the Bible?

December 22, 2011

How you view God is how you see man. An individual’s concept of “God” determines how one treats others. The same principle applies for a culture, nation or movement. The distorting of Jesus’ image and words is a sacrilege that destroys individuals and nations – or, for that matter, the perversion of other revered theological […]

Jesus the original Occupy Wall Street protester

October 21, 2011

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the […]

Religious beliefs in America continue to fracture

September 27, 2011

Religion statistics expert George Barna says, with a wry hint of exaggeration, America is headed for “310 million people with 310 million religions.” “We are a designer society. We want everything customized to our personal needs — our clothing, our food, our education,” he says. Now it’s our religion. More people claim they have accepted […]

May 21 Beginning of Judgment Day?

May 21, 2011

Harold Camping, the head of the Family Radio broadcasting network which boasts 150 outlets in the United States, has calculated that the Judgment Day apocalypse will begin today. Camping cites his “infallible, absolute proof”: Because Jesus was crucified on Friday, April 1, 33 AD, and that it takes exactly 365.2422 days for the earth to […]

America gained the world but lost its soul

January 22, 2011

Everywhere, American men and women have money to spend, but few are happy and contented. Wives and soccer moms drive huge SUVs, put on their cosmetics, shop till they drop, watch their sexy soaps, count their carbohydrates, and fret about getting their kids off to the next activity or event. But few wives profess joy […]

What passes for Christianity

October 31, 2010

Millions of Americans claim to follow Jesus. Some even claim that we are a Christian nation. Yet every generation seems to crucify Christ all over again, to nail him to the cross and parade him through the streets with a crown of thorns on his head. What passes for Christianity is often not the genuine […]

Christianity, Politics and Patriotism

October 30, 2010

Christians seem to have forgotten that politics, by its very nature, stands in stark contrast to what Christianity is supposed to stand for. Politics does not operate out of love, speak truth to power or seek the best interests of people. Indeed, politics is driven toward division, compromise, deceit and, inevitably, corruption. Jesus Christ rejected […]