The new CNN documentary series, "Finding Jesus: Faith Fact Forgery," has brought many common Christian beliefs into question, including the earthly family of Jesus Christ.
In an interview with CNN, Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who's featured in the documentary, comments on a 2002 archaeological find that's said to be a 2,000 year old ossuary, or bone box that includes an Aramaic inscription that reads: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."
This artifact, which could be archaeological proof of Jesus' existence, relates to the debate between some Catholics and Protestants over whether Mary gave birth to other children besides Jesus. While Catholic theology teaches that Jesus was Mary's only child, other Christian denominations believe that she also gave birth to a son named James. more >>
For many Americans Fred Rogers, famous for his character on PBS' long-running children's television series, "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," was a nostalgic staple whose feel-good quotes continue to be propagated by those who grew up watching him on their living room TV sets as children.
According to one author, however, Mr. Rogers shouldn't just be considered a wholesome TV star from yesteryear, but also a radical counter-cultural figure.
Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, has written a book titled Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers. more >>
Former atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, explores the infinite power of God's grace and the impact it has on Christians' lives in his new book, The Case for Grace.
A New York Times best-selling author, Strobel takes readers on a journey to reveal real-world examples of people who share how God's grace has transformed their lives.
Strobel, a former reporter for The Chicago Tribune, who later became a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, has penned similar books including, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for Creator, all of which explore evidence for the various topics he's researching. He explains that his previous works laid the foundation for his latest book, The Case for Grace more >>
A lawsuit has been filed by Christian publishers against retailer Family Christian due to the company's decision to unload their remaining inventory at a future auction after it declared bankruptcy last month.
The joint lawsuit filed by 27 companies was created due to the retailer's decision to sell around $20 million worth of consigned books, music, DVDs and church supplies at an auction scheduled for later this year. The companies include United Methodist Publishing House and Discovery House Publishers.
Family Christian's lawyer Todd Allmassian commented on the lawsuit to MLive.com stating that it will be a "useful vehicle for resolving the competing interests between the vendors who sold the inventory and the financial lenders who are claiming liens on the inventory." more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" matriarch Michelle Duggar has opened up about her struggles with self-worth and bulimia before knowing God in the latest season of the reality series.
"Before I came to know the Lord, I had been struggling in my self-worth, just feeling like I needed to measure up to all my friends. I began to have a wrong view of who I was, I gained weight so easily. I ended up starting a bad habit of making myself get sick after I ate. As I was in that process, no one knew," Michelle said in the upcoming episode.
She actually went public with her ordeal in the book Growing Up Duggar, which was written by her daughters Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger. She went by a pseudonym in the book but then later did acknowledge that the story was about her. more >>
The new documentary series "Finding Jesus: Faith Fact Forgery" delves into the historical proof for Jesus and other figures in the New Testament, including John the Baptist.
In a recent interview with CNN, Candida Moss, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame who appears in the series, discussed historical proof for John the Baptist along with his relationship with his cousin, Jesus of Nazareth.
When asked if there was any division between the followers of Jesus and the followers of John, she responded by explaining how their relationship might've been in the ancient context. more >>