Each belief system has a story of how the world was created and human life came to be. In many of these "creation myths," a god or gods shape, manipulative, or in some way interact with a pre-existing darkness or chaos to create order. Within Judeo-Christian beliefs, the first book of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Genesis, describes not one, but two distinct accounts of how … [Read more...]
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The Book of Job in the Hebrew bible was crafted to address human suffering and why bad things happen to good people. In it, Satan is a member of God's divine court who walks the earth looking for sin and reports back to God. When God brags about what a loyal servant Job is, Satan responds that is only so because God has blessed him with wealth, children, and health. If he did … [Read more...]
A reader asks: You may be aware of a recent lawsuit filed in a European court by an Italian atheist against the Catholic Church accusing them of perpetuating a myth in claiming that Jesus actually lived. The accuser claims that Jesus is actually based on a character named John of Galama, who is in fact a fictional character taken from a book called "For The Temple" written by … [Read more...]
Most people have heard the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37: Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, … [Read more...]
The buzz in religious studies these last few days is the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, which paints Judas as Jesus' collaborator rather than his betrayer. This document isn't exactly new as scholars knew about it since the 1970s but it mysteriously disappeared only to resurface recently. The National Geographic Society announced it on Thurs (Apr 6) along with 2 new … [Read more...]