Christian History

A church member met with me recently to discuss her worries about her teenage son leaving behind his Christian faith. “He’s
Close up of the same Psalms scroll above. In it you can read the words “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
Why is it that so many women, especially elite women, chose to pursue monastic lives?
There's nothing wrong with being a Christian and growing a beard. We must continue to work on transcending stereotypes by learning more about our own traditions.
Q: So how are you going to convince someone like Bill O’Reilly to quit claiming that American Christians are persecuted? We
If persecution language is not reserved for situations of actual persecution, then unspeakable violence becomes indescribable. Disagreement becomes martyrdom and martyrdom becomes disagreement.
It is ironic that one of the more popular holidays in America is named for a saint about whom very little is known -- who, in fact, is of questionable historical provenance.
We live in a time when Catholic priests are an aging and shrinking group, damaged in morale and reputation, overstretched in their monopolization of all sacramental services. What we really need are no priests.
(RNS) The Harvard Theological Review is postponing publication of a major article on the papyrus fragment in which Jesus
It was the realization that our children were being deliberately deprived of their own history; their birthright, their heritage
For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.
The New Testament's very existence testifies to how passionately the earliest Christians kept in touch with one another. It largely emerged organically.
For centuries, the psychology of the Church has camped out in two areas: psychosis or neurosis. This cause of psychosis stems from the reality that somewhere along the line the Church replaced God.
The ease with which the ancient world accepted violence and suffering was a natural outgrowth of the pagan understanding of the human person. But Christianity pronounced a message as radical as it was attractive.
Jesus himself was perceived as a threat precisely because he challenged seemingly unchangeable laws about the Sabbath and broke down the boundaries between the pure insiders and the unclean outsiders.
Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle -- Peter, Paul, or James. In modern parlance, that is a lie.
I was strangely comforted to remember that, for its first thousand years, the Christian church was ambivalent about the institution of marriage.