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Rescuing the Church from creating a Savior in our own image. Read More
 
Often, we shape Jesus to fit our interests without even realizing it. Read More
 

Three very familiar faces are featured in UNICEF Sweden’s new ad campaign that encourages viewers to purchase life-saving medical supplies for children in need this Christmas. Obviously, “The Good Guys” campaign is a bit irreverent, but for advertisements that show three revered religious figures—including Jesus Christ—in a humorous light, the series is actually pretty good-natured. The message of the spots is simple—by helping others, you are emulating the actions of Jesus. You can go here to see the other two ads—which get increasingly more jokey (in one, Jesus accidently clicks a banner ad for an ab roller workout machine), but are still relatively lighthearted ... Discuss

 
"He wasn't white," and 7 other things we forget about Jesus. Read More
 

You may remember this summer, when author and religious scholar Reza Aslan (who happens to be a Muslim), got into an awkward back-and-forth about faith with a Fox News anchor while promoting his book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” The exchange, in which Aslan was questioned about his motivations for writing a book about Jesus despite being a noted early Christianity scholar, ultimately led to the work becoming a bestseller. Now, it’s getting the big screen treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is adapting the controversial book into a “uniquely cinematic and immersive world for moviegoers to experience.” Aslan told HR, ““[Liongate’s] vision for Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is aligned with my objective in writing the book, which was to illuminate the life of Jesus in a humanistic, as opposed to religious, context” ... Discuss

 

Two computer scientists have completed an analysis of Wikipedia data, and found that Jesus Christ is the single “most significant figure in human history.” To come up with their top 10 list of significant humans, the researchers looked at individuals who have impacted opinions and movements over time, according to entries in the online encyclopedia. Napoleon, Shakespeare, Muhammad and Abraham Lincoln rounded out the top five, followed by George Washington, Hitler, Alexander the Great and Thomas Jefferson. The researchers said that the lack of women on the list was a result of gender inequality views throughout history. One of the professors behind the algorithms told the Pacific Standard, "We would call Jesus 'The most significant person ever.' With over 2 billion followers a full 2,000 years after his death, Jesus is an incredibly successful historical meme" ... Discuss