Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz says he created "Jesus the Homeless" to remind Christians that Jesus is with everyone, especially those who are marginalized in society – the poor and the homeless.
Featuring Jesus as a homeless person is a sharp contrast to the images of Christ that Christians are accustomed to seeing: Mary holding the infant Jesus, Jesus as a shepherd carrying a sheep and Jesus at the last supper.
According to Schmalz, there has been a 2,000-year blind spot in the art world, which has neglected to create a representation of Jesus' spoken words in the gospel of Matthew 25. He told The Christian Post that he perceives his work as a visual translation of the gospel. "A translation of one of the most important messages Christ gave to us." more >>
Dr. William Lane Craig, a renowned Christian apologist, has said in a recent interview following an Apologetics Canada Conference that the church is losing the battle against being branded as hateful for its traditional stance on homosexuality.
"The cultural attitudes towards homosexual activity have undergone a sea change in recent years so that now someone that holds to a biblical view that homosexual behavior is immoral is regarded as bigoted, narrow-minded and really a wicked person – that is a huge change. It is just another challenge. It's extremely significant and unfortunately it seems like the church is on the losing end of this battle," Craig told CanadianChristianity.com.
The research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., who has written over 30 books defending Christian beliefs, said that Hollywood likes to paint "very happy faces" on the pro-gay movement, but it doesn't expose "the very shocking facts about the pathological and emotional damage that this lifestyle involves." more >>
A Canadian University journal is preparing to release a paper that seeks to discredit the life and work of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known as Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who became a global symbol of charity and goodwill for dedicating her life to helping the poor in India.
Bill Donohue of The Catholic League, America's largest Catholic civil rights organization, has dismissed the claims presented by humanities scholars Serge Larivée and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal's Department of Psychoeducation, calling it nothing more than a "rehash" of previously disproven arguments.
The paper, which will be published in March, claims to be peer-reviewed, mostly by atheist critics. The researchers openly admit to have based much of their study on famous atheist writer Christopher Hitchens, who targeted Mother Teresa on many occasions, most notably in his book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, which tries to portray the nun as anything but a saint. more >>
Officials from a Canadian museum have decided to once again use BC and AD to label dates instead of more religion-neutral labels.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization will now use BC ("Before Christ") and AD ("anno Domini," Latin for "in the year of our Lord") instead of CE ("common era") and BCE ("before common era") when labeling dates on text that will be seen by the general public.
Patricia Lynch, a media relations manager for the museum, told The Christian Post via email on Wednesday that officials made the change to the museum style guide because BC and AD are more widely recognized and understood. more >>
Our attitudes as Canadians accumulate, fester and harden. I understand that too well in observing the aboriginal and First Nations' Idle No More movement. Fed up with a double standard of aboriginal leaders who want more funds yet seem incompetent and irresponsible in their own management, many simply shut down listening.
However, could it be that at the core of the national, historical and disruptive issue of aboriginal and First Nations' claims, including the dysfunctional reservation system, and the suicidal tendencies of too many, there is a wounded heart? How might we deal with a dismissive reaction all too instinctive to many watching this situation unfold?
I feel at loss to offer solutions, yet wonder how I can make a difference. I have no choice but to rely on federal and provincial legislatures to do as their political masters dictate. Courts are beyond my influence and they will rule as they do. Corporations will keep serving the interest of their shareholders. more >>
An evangelical Christian University located in Langley, British Columbia is currently embroiled in a debate regarding its "community covenant" as it attempts to establish the first Christian law school in the country.
The Trinity Western University's Bible-based covenant, or lifestyle code, requires all students and faculty to abstain from practices such as drinking, smoking, lying, gossiping, as well as "from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness between a man and a woman."
The heads of Canada's law schools, known as the Council of Canadian Law Deans, have issued a letter which criticizes the Christian university's requirement, calling it "very troubling." more >>