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The subversive, confrontational, emboldening stories of Christmas

…first-century readers would have been so struck by the scandalous-ness of the gospels and by their confrontation with the power claims of the Empire, that the gospels would have been banned books of the highest order. It should not be surprising that so many first-century Christians were killed by the Romans.

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Fourth-century Gospel commentary rediscovered

The Church Times reports on the rediscovery of a commentary on the Gospels, written by Fortunatianus of Aquileia, a bishop in the fourth century – the rediscovered manuscript is an eighth-century copy of his writings.

It predates the Vulgate, and provides new evidence about the earliest form of the Gospels in Latin. Experts knew of its existence through references to it in other ancient works, but no copy was known to survive until Dr Lukas Dorfbauer, a researcher at the University […]

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I need a hero

A review of the new Wonder Woman by Emily Wachner: “I have encouraged boys and girls alike to direct their admiration to the hero of the Gospels. And yet, my thirty-four-year-old self wept in awe in a dark theater in Manhattan as I watched Wonder Woman, and saw myself in her.”

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Anglican churches in Iran?

Members of the Church need much prayer for strength to witness to their faith and for protection from the opposition. There have been martyrs since the Revolution, and the situation can only really be described, in human terms, as unpredictable.

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Christian Mindfulness

“I am happy to be a Buddhist now, but had I known this was available in Christianity I would never have become a Buddhist.”

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Can we discount the President’s Christianity?

Randall Balmer, Episcopal priest and professor at Dartmouth, asks if any of us are fit to question if the President is Christian.

Balmer remembers an evangelical childhood in which he tried to convert his best friend, a Roman Catholic, before playing a game of catch. It’s in this tradition, he argues, that many American Christians can’t see President Obama as a fellow Christian.

Citing surprising results that found only 9% of Republicans polled believed Obama to be a Christian, Balmer explores the idea of […]

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The “myth” of Christian persecution

Candida Moss’ new book “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom” addresses the exaggeration of claims of martyrdom in the early church, and the effect it has in modern circles concerning the way Christianity is taught and

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A pox on all your houses

Conservative churches say liberal, mainline churches are dying. Studies show that conservative churches are in decline too. Perhaps churches that preach individualism sow the seeds of their own demise. Maybe people are just tired of churches picking on each other.

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