23 April 2013

Einfuehrung in Zen Meditation (Introduction to Zen Meditation) - by Hugo Enomiya-Lassalle

Part I:


Part II:


Justice is not enough!

Justice is not enough! By Muqtedar Khan (Huffington Post, 22 April 2013)

Excerpts:
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.

16 April 2013

A Response to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail"


Abstract:
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.
Links:

08 April 2013

Useful Resources for the Study of the Historical Jesus

Useful Resources for the Study of the Historical Jesus

(1) AMY-JILL LEVINE:

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
BURKE LECTURE

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:
Historical Jesus:


Jesus: The Parable of God



(5) N.T. WRIGHT

WHO WAS JESUS?



OTHER DOCUMENTARY RESOURCES:

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"

GENERAL READING:

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07 April 2013

Introducing the New Testament (ELCA Video)



The Rise of Evangélicos

The Rise of Evangélicos, by Elizabeth Dias (Time Magazine, 4 April 2013)

Abstract:
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.