Related: Land of the Disappearing Buddha - Japan (BBC Long Search)
30 April 2013
23 April 2013
Justice is not enough! By Muqtedar Khan (Huffington Post, 22 April 2013)
How do we teach young Muslims to struggle for justice, but without resorting to terror tactics? How do we teach them that a just cause is not a justification for unjust means? Anger is forbidden. To act in anger, even in the pursuit of justice is Un-Islamic. How do we teach our child that how one responds to injustice is the true measure of one's values and a true reflection of who we are? How do we teach them that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us -- la darar wa la dirar -- do no harm and do not reciprocate harm.
Yes, Muhammad taught Muslims neither to initiate harm nor to reciprocate harm. This tradition is very widely known, at least to Muslims who know their religion. It is #32 in the famous collection of traditions by Imam al-Nawawi. Do not do injustice. Do not respond to injustice with injustice. The sources are there, why do we not have the will to teach our children what really are our beliefs? Because the Islamization of Muslim politics, has politicized Islam, and we teach only those sources of our faith that serve our geopolitics. What will happen to the dream of the Palestinian state, the hope of referendum in Kashmir, if Muslims don't get angry? When will we teach our children that practicing one's values is more important than advancing one's politics? Muslims who believe that their religion is beautiful and commands beautiful deeds (Ihsan) must stand up and teach these values.
Link: Justice is not enough!
16 April 2013
In 2013, marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963), Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. issued the first ever clergy response to King's letter.
- A Response to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (PDF): Source 1 or Source 2
- Excerpts (Sojo.net)
- Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A.
08 April 2013
Useful Resources for the Study of the Historical Jesus
(1) AMY-JILL LEVINE:
- Jewish Jesus (PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, 10 August 2012)
- Amy-Jill Levine Extended Interview (PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, 10 August 2012)
PEARLS, PRODIGALS AND SAMARITANS
(Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Santa Clara University Bannan Institute, 2012-13, 7 March 2013)
Extended Interview with Amy-Jill Levine (PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly)
Conversations from St. Norbert College featuring Amy-Jill Levine
Reassessing Jewish-Christian Relations (Burke Lectureship on Religion & Society 6/2001)
THE JEWISHNESS OF JESUS (ChurchNext with Chris Yaw)
WHO WAS JESUS OF NAZARETH?
(Point of Inquiry with CHris Mooney & Indre Viskontas)
(2) SEAN FREYNE
2010 SHAFFER LECTURE SERIES - "GALILEE, JESUS AND CHRISTOLOGY" (Yale Divinity School, Convocation 2010)
Lecture I: Galilee as Matrix for the Jesus Movement: Cultural and Socio-Economic Conditions (12 October 2010)
Lecture II: Locating Jesus in Galilee - Pitfalls and Challenges (13 October 2010)
Lecture III. Towards a Galilean Christology (14 October 2010)
(3) JOHN P. MEIER
2006 SHAFFER LECTURE SERIES - "On the Danger of Making Jesus a Christian: The Test Case of Law and Morality"
Lecture I: The Jewish Jesus on Jewish Divorce (10 October 2006)
Lecture II: The Jewish Jesus and the Sabbath (11 October 2006)
(4) JOHN DOMINIC CROSSAN:
- on the Historical Issue - ABC (12 September 2010)
- on the Parables of Jesus - ABC (John Cleary)
- Episode 1 (31 Dec 2012)
- Episode 2 (6 Jan 2013)
- Episode 3 (13 Jan 2013)
- Episode 4 (20 Jan 2013)
- Episode 5 (27 Jan 2013)
- Episode 6 (3 Feb 2013)
- Episode 7 (10 Feb 2013)
- A Historical Look at Crucifixion (NPR Fresh Air, 1 April 2004)
- Jesus and Crucifixion: A Historical View (NPR Fresh Air, 20 March 2008)
Jesus: The Parable of God
(5) N.T. WRIGHT
WHO WAS JESUS?
OTHER DOCUMENTARY RESOURCES:
- From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (PBS Frontline, official site)
- The Search for Jesus (7-part video)
- Historical Jesus Study
OTHER VIDEO CLIPS:
DALE B. MARTIN (YALE UNIVERSITY OPEN COURSES) - "The Historical Jesus"
SBL 2011 (SAN FRANCISCO) - PANEL DISCUSSION
"Believers, Scholars, and Culture: Assessing the Impact of Two Centuries of Critical Biblical Scholarship"
Panelists: John Dominic Crossan, Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, and N.T. Wright
MEL GIBSON'S PASSION - A PANEL DISCUSSION (Yale Divinity School, 26 March 2004)
JESUS: THE MISUNDERSTOOD JEW (RABBI MICAH GREENSTEIN)
SCHOLARS SEARCH FOR THE HISTORICAL JESUS (discussing John Dominic Crossan & E.P. Sanders:
DALE B. MARTIN (YALE UNIVERSITY OPEN COURSES) - "The Gospel of Thomas"
- L. Michael White, The Historical Jesus (lecture, Harvard University, 30 May 1998)
- Claudia Setzer, The Historical Jesus (Tikkun vol. 10 no. 4, 17 July 1995, p. 73)
- Bart Ehrman, What do we really know about Jesus? (Newsweek, 10 December 2012)
- Quest for the Historical Jesus (The Tablet)
07 April 2013
The Rise of Evangélicos, by Elizabeth Dias (Time Magazine, 4 April 2013)
One Sunday late last summer, I saw a sign on the side of the road in Adelphi, Md. It was small, wedged between dozens of presidential campaign signs, and it was in Spanish: Iglesia de Dios del Evangelio Completo. Down the road I found another sign: Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Maryland. Soon I started seeing signs for Protestant Latino churches everywhere. There was even one right behind my apartment in Virginia. And so I decided to visit two of the largest Latino Protestant churches in the area—La Roca de la Eternidad in Adelphi and Iglesia Cuadrangular el Calvario in nearby Silver Spring.
Link: The Rise of Evangélicos