Part 2: ‘In the ancient mind, the supreme horror of crucifixion was to lose public mourning, to forfeit proper burial, to lie separate from one’s ancestors forever… non-burial [was] the authority’s... warning to... every passerby.’
Part 1: What was the reason for crucifying someone in antiquity? What could this tell us about why Jesus was killed by the Roman authorities and what might have happened afterwards?
Why have we not checked out the evidence before? How old were the eyewitnesses and when did they die out by? The answer is uncomfortable for many...
Only 7% of the population can get these 12 Christmas questions right - can *you*?
Part 3 - Many faiths evade the dirty word that “religion” has become. Why? And more importantly, which religious lover / brother / parent should you pick?
Part 2 - You may wish to reconsider a 'relationship with Jesus'; biblically, it's not pretty.
Part 1 - There exists an enormous gulf between a ‘relationship with Jesus’ and a normal human relationship.
Early Christians did not agree on 'who Jesus was and what he did'. Proto-orthodox believers actively destroyed the record of this diversity.
After numerous terrorist attacks in the UK and elsewhere, here's a reflection on religion, community and peace after joining some Muslim friends for an Iftar meal during Ramadan. We can all make peace in our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world.
Having gone 5 times, 3 of those as a volunteer, Soul Survivor has serious welfare and protection issues. This is standard for much of evangelical youth work.
Genesis is long (32k+ words), multi-authored, fascinating, literarily excellent, and yet provocatively racist.
Ever had someone frustrate you so much that you turned around and told them that "you are the poverty"? As something a little bit different, I thought I'd record myself proclaiming the frequently bizarre teachings found in the Gospel of Thomas!
Epilepsy is known by some Irish Catholics as "Saint Paul's Disease". Is there any truth to this idea? What else does the Bible have to say about epilepsy?
Millions of animals were sacrificed as a 'pleasing odour' to God in the Old Testament. Having said that, Jesus may well want you to be a Vegetarian!
100% of texts claiming to be written by Jesus are forgeries - bet you didn't know that! There is very little difference between those Christian writings included in the NT canon and those excluded. 30% of canonical texts make an authentic authorship claim, compared with 23% of non-canonical texts.
Are you sure there is less than 1 in 45,000 chance that any given Bible verse contains an error? Because that's what is mathematically required in order for you to be over 50% sure that the Bible is inerrant.
According to YouVersion's bible app, Jeremiah 29:11 is the favourite Bible verse in at least 29 countries. The text is grossly misunderstood by most people, yet the passage, when read in context, remains (largely) beautiful.
Having recently gone to Christmas Eve Mass this year, where parishioners fawned over their children dressed as donkeys and angels and gazed devotionally at the porcelain baby Jesus in his crib, I too have reflected on the baby Jesus... and how he blessed a palm tree branch so it could enter the Kingdom of God! Infancy Gospels are not just entertaining reading, they are also important for understanding Catholicism and Islam.
As far as is presented by the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth appears strongly in favour of retaining the punishments associated with the 'Law of Moses', including stoning children.