Fr. James Martin – 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Jesus

Fr. James Martin is the editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America and author of several books, including Jesus: A PilgrimageThe Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, and Between Heaven and Mirth. He is also, in the words of Stephen Colbert, “the chaplain of ‘The Colbert Report.’”

He was asked by On Faith website what he wishes everyone knew about Jesus. Here are the ten things he listed:

1. Jesus was poor.

2. Jesus saw income disparities firsthand, and he condemned them.

3. Jesus had close friends.

4. Jesus instructed his disciples not to judge.

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Boy Jesus Relieves Elders in the Temple

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The Myth of Biblical Manhood – A Parable

After a long correspondence, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Doug Phillips, and John Eldredge decide to meet at a bar to discuss whose view about Biblical Manhood is most biblical.

At Driscoll’s urging, they gather at the Red Herring Pub in Seattle to knock back a few adult beverages. Fog settles outside. The four men sit at a booth near the entrance, Piper and Phillips on the right, Driscoll and Eldredge to the left.

The bartender comes over.

“I’ll take a Rum and Coke,” says Piper, remembering his days as an Army Ranger.

“Hot buttered rum for me,” says Phillips. It seems a manly Colonial drink.

“Give me a Margarita,” Eldredge says, kicking off his sandals. He wears a loud Hawaiian shirt, untucked.

Driscoll looks askance at Eldredge. “Just give me a Bud,” he says. Then he thinks better of it. “Actually, give me two.” Continue reading “The Myth of Biblical Manhood – A Parable”

Bono on Jesus – An Interview

Here is just a fragment from a very interesting interview given by Bono to Michka Assayas, which can be found in his book called Bono:

Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get too complicated. I just kind of go: Well, I think I know what God is. God is love, and as much as I respond [sighs] in allowing myself to be transformed by that love and acting in that love, that’s my religion. Where things get complicated for me, is when I try to live this love. Now that’s not so easy.

Michka: What about the God of the Old Testament? He wasn’t so “peace and love”?

Bono: There’s nothing hippie about my picture of Christ. The Gospels paint a picture of a very demanding, sometimes divisive love, but love it is. I accept the Old Testament as more of an action movie: blood, car chases, evacuations, a lot of special effects, seas dividing, mass murder, adultery. The children of God are running amok, wayward. Maybe that’s why they’re so relatable. But the way we would see it, those of us who are trying to figure out our Christian conundrum, is that the God of the Old Testament is like the journey from stern father to friend. When you’re a child, you need clear directions and some strict rules. But with Christ, we have access in a one-to-one relationship, for, as in the Old Testament, it was more one of worship and awe, a vertical relationship. The New Testament, on the other hand, we look across at a Jesus who looks familiar, horizontal. The combination is what makes the Cross. Continue reading “Bono on Jesus – An Interview”

Richard Rohr – Plato or Jesus?

I sincerely hate to say it, but I fear that Platonic philosophy has had more influence in Christian history than Jesus. The Jesus and Christ event says that matter and spirit, divine and human are not enemies, but are two sides of the same coin. They, in fact, reveal one another. For Plato, the body and the soul are mortal enemies and largely incompatible. Our poor sexual theology and our lackluster history of care for the earth and its resources, our disrespect for animals and all growing things, show that Christians have not seen matter and spirit as natural friends. Much of our history, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant, has created Platonists much more than Incarnationalists or Christians.

Matter and spirit have never been separate. That’s really the ultimate Christian heresy, and what Jesus came to undo. At its best, religion did try to put matter and spirit together (“sacramentalism”), but you can’t put together what is already together. Continue reading “Richard Rohr – Plato or Jesus?”

Johnnie Moore – My Take: Jesus was a dirty, dirty God

Here is a very daring case for the necessary understanding of the humanity of Christ. I paste below the first part of an article published on the CNN belief blog (I thank David Neff, from Christianity Today, for this link.). I am sure some people will be scandalised; and they should be. Sometimes that’s the only way you can make people think.

Johnnie Moore, the author of this text is he author of the book Dirty God. Jesus in the Trenches,  that has just been published by Thomas Nelson. He is a professor of religion and vice president at Liberty University. Continue reading “Johnnie Moore – My Take: Jesus was a dirty, dirty God”

Jean-Christian Petitfils – Un homme nommé Jésus

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Ce que nous savons de lui, nous le tenons des Evangiles, de brèves notations chez des historiens romains et de découvertes archéologiques. La connaissance de l’époque et le recours à l’exégèse historico-critique éclairent l’ensemble. Enquête sur le Jésus de l’Histoire.

La fascination du public – croyant ou incroyant – pour le personnage de Jésus est profonde. Sans doute témoigne-t-elle d’une quête de sens et de spiritualité dans une société largement sécularisée, où s’effondrent les connaissances de base que dispensait naguère la catéchèse traditionnelle. Cependant, le trouble s’installe dans les esprits. Mis à part des travaux spécialisés de haute qualité mais d’abord difficile, la plupart des ouvrages publiés chaque année sur le sujet sont empreints pour le moins d’ambiguïté. Ce sont soit des livres de fantaisie, avides de scandale ou de sensationnel, soit des écrits à prétention scientifique qui déforment le vrai visage du fondateur du christianisme sous prétexte de le démythifier. Continue reading “Jean-Christian Petitfils – Un homme nommé Jésus”