New Book by Crossan on Easter
NCR reviewed a new book by the Crossans: “RESURRECTING EASTER: HOW THE WEST LOST AND THE EAST KEPT THE ORIGINAL EASTER VISION.” John Dominic Crossan and his wife spent much of the last 15 years studying ancient images from the East and West of Christ’s Resurrection. Surprisingly, at least to me, it turns out that they are radically different: “Western Christianity depicts an individual resurrection of Jesus, whereas Eastern Church icons show a universal resurrection for Jesus and all humanity together.”Write comment (0 Comments)
“Don’t say we haven’t done anything about child abuse!”
During a show at Loyola University, a Catholic institution, a comic did a routine about the school’s morals clause in its contract with him and the Church’s epidemic of priestly child abuse. They shut off his microphone (here). This is consistent with long-standing Church policy.Write comment (0 Comments)
Vatican Fraudulently Alters Testimony
The headline from RNS concerning a story released by the Associated Press: “Vatican doctors photo of Benedict’s praise for Francis.” Of late, Pope Francis has been getting attacked from all sides. Much of the criticism involves the Church’s child abuse crisis, but other matters, like his failure to mention the Rohingya genocide when meeting with Myanmar’s leaders, have also sparked criticism. Furthermore, a group of cardinals has openly questioned his major theological pronouncement, the Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).Write comment (0 Comments)
Paul in Historical Context
New Testament scholars stress the importance of studying Jesus in his historical context. But when it comes to Paul, they don’t. The facts are too disturbing.
A great deal is known about the economic context of the Roman Empire. Life was hard. Roughly ninety percent of the empire just subsisted. This has important implications. First, the vast majority of people never traveled far from their place of birth. They couldn’t afford to. While New Testament scholars boast that Paul traveled about 10,000 miles on his missions, they never mention how he paid for it.Write comment (1 Comment)
Amazon Review of Paul Revealed
Professor Dorie LaRue, Louisiana State University
"Remarkable erudition.... Answered questions I have had for years."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
Paul Revealed: Facts that Father Never Told You is a study recommended for readers who want an in-depth biographical and spiritual analysis of the important role Paul played in Biblical affairs, and provides a coverage both scholarly and accessible as it reveals not only the extent of Paul's life, times, and influence, but lesser-known facts about his impact on Jesus and the world....Write comment (0 Comments)