The lack of access to the words of the religions masters and founders enabled religious leaders to distort the teachings of these towering figures to reflect their own ideologies.
Betrothal of the Virgin by Michael Pacher -- wikimedia.org In the early years of Christianity, separation was a bumpy road
As Easter approaches, Christians turn their thoughts and spirits toward the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
"The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision" is not pornography and shows no more nudity or violence than a standard Stations of the Cross. Sometimes Facebook blocked its ads for being too "shocking" or "scary," and other times they banned the ad as porn. Queer Christianity seems to scare the censors at Facebook
Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age.
"The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" explores religion over the centuries.
Faith-based movies have to walk a cinematic tightrope. They can not be too preachy. They can not be amateurish in the acting. They can not stray from their basic message. They must be just as entertaining as the non-faith-based movies with which they compete.
On his third trip to Jerusalem, nearly thirty years after the crucifixion, Paul was still determined to convince Jesus' disciples
I'm a big fan of architecture and all things beautiful. I'm also a big fan of the religions of the world. So naturally, during a recent trip to Europe, I wanted to get up close and personal with as many Old World cathedrals and churches as my three-week itinerary would allow.
What happens when we explore the parallels between wars among nations and the war on women's bodies.
We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.
Jesus' crucifixion, His death, the excruciatingly long Saturday, His bodily resurrection and some unspecified moment of return all say "why would I follow Him?"