The Countercultural Lessons of Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi in the 21st Century

by Robert Scheer Scheer Intelligence Feb 15, 2019 The biblical Parable of the Good Samaritan is one that Tom Catena not only knows well, but strives to live by. A devout Catholic and Ivy League-educated doctor, Catena realized early on that he would dedicate his time on earth to helping those in need, though he … Continue reading The Countercultural Lessons of Jesus of Nazareth and Francis of Assisi in the 21st Century

Another crazy Christmas with Trump: But he can’t wreck it, because he doesn’t understand it

Through his sheer vanity and ugliness, the president may help us hold onto what remains of the Christmas spirit. by ANDREW O'HEHIR Salon Dec 22, 2018 This is America’s third Christmas under Donald Trump, at least if we count the surreal, dream-state holiday season of 2016, when Trump had been elected, Barack Obama was still president and … Continue reading Another crazy Christmas with Trump: But he can’t wreck it, because he doesn’t understand it

‘Why Religion?’ Asks ‘How Hearts Can Heal’ After Tragedy

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith. Terry Gross interviews Elaine Pagels Fresh Air TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Why is religion still … Continue reading ‘Why Religion?’ Asks ‘How Hearts Can Heal’ After Tragedy

Why the Christian idea of hell no longer persuades people to care for the poor

It’s that time of the year, when hell is used as a common theme for entertainment as hell-themed haunted houses and horror movies pop up all over the country. by Meghan Henning  Conversation Oct 23, 2018 Although many of us now associate hell with Christianity, the idea of an afterlife existed much earlier. Greeks and Romans, for … Continue reading Why the Christian idea of hell no longer persuades people to care for the poor