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Resurrected: Jesus, Queen of Heaven

Back in 2009, Jo Clifford, above, caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth when she portrayed Jesus Christ as a transgender woman at the Glasgay! arts festival. The show, according to this report, sparked outrage. The Christian Institute was aghast, and droves of angry Christian protesters picketed the theatre, holding signs that read: God: ‘My […]

Mythologizing Jesus

  Science writer Steuart Campbell reviews Mythologizing Jesus: From Jewish Teacher to Epic Hero by Dennis R MacDonald. Did the first Gospel writers raid the Homeric epics of Greek literature to turn Jesus into a super-heroic figure to compel their readers into life-changing decision to follow Jesus? Dennis R MacDonald thinks they did and that […]

Ain’t nothing sacred about this Jesus

Although it was originally planted as a religious shrine at a Montana ski resort by the Catholic Knights of Columbus, ‘Big Mountain Jesus’ cannot be regarded as a sacred symbol because folk treat it as a figure of fun. That’s the verdict of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which yesterday ruled that the […]

‘Jesus’ sighted on a cocktail cabinet door

Nowhere in the New Testament (or anywhere else) is Jesus described, nor have any drawings of him ever been uncovered. There is the additional problem of having neither a skeleton nor other bodily remains to probe for DNA. In the absence of evidence, our images of Jesus have been left to the imagination of artists. […]

Will Brazilians ban ‘blasphemous’ acts?

Following news that Iceland has scrapped its blasphemy law, it is reported here that Brazilian authorities are contemplating legislation that would ban ‘obscene and degrading acts which show prejudice against Catholics and Evangelicals’. Talk of legislation comes in the wake of “blasphemous” scenes enacted at a recent gay pride parade in Brazil. One of the […]

The judge, the devil & a bad case of FDS

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, above, 79, has been diagnosed as suffering Faith Derangement Syndome (FDS). Over to Jeffrey Tayler, of Salon to explain more about FDS and why he thinks Scalia is afflicted: Sufferers of faith-derangement syndrome (FDS) exhibit the following symptoms: unshakable belief in the veracity of manifest absurdities detailed in […]

Atheists are ‘at war with all mankind’

Mark Shea, above, who writes for the National Catholic Register, believes he knows precisely why atheists notch up higher scores than Christians in religious knowledge quizzes. Here’s his theory: Atheists  … being at war with all mankind about the thing that matters to it most, oppose all theists and are wary of the whole broad […]

God’s pound of flesh

Central to the Christian faith is the belief in God’s absolute love for mankind with the surprising corollary that that love is expressed in Christ’s sacrifice of himself so that man should be saved from eternal damnation. That the myth has any factual content has been so exhaustively dismissed by biblical scholars, scientists and philosophers […]

Catholics want Mrs Jesus book scrapped

Last year Emmy Award winner Dan O’Shannon published a satirical cartoon book,  The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus – but not everyone’s happy about it, and we learn today that America Needs Fatima has launched a petition to have the book withdrawn. Addressed to Michael Morrison, President and Publisher of US General Books and Canada HarperCollins […]

Here’s ‘proof’ that God really exists

After devastating tornadoes recently ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, a high school teen shared ‘an inspiring image’ that brought hope to the community in the aftermath. According to The Gospel Herald Life,  Chase Rhodes took a photo of a fragmented telephone pole dangling amongst the wires that formed “a perfect image of a cross”. Rhodes shares […]