“We have people in our church who are professed atheists and Buddhists, but everyone — even atheists — can follow the teachings of Jesus. That’s really given some of us strength to stand for marriage equality and for the poor. We do it out of our faith, not in spite of it. It’s common in the more-progressive church communities to spend a lot of time describing what we’re not — we are not literalists, for example — but what are we? What do we stand for? To say, ‘I am Christian and I believe in marriage equality’ has been freeing for some who had a hard time saying they were Christian because it’s often associated with exclusiveness.” Erin Gilmore, longtime minister at Holladay United Church of Christ in Salt Lake City: Departing Utah pastor: Everyone, even atheists, can follow Jesus’ teachings | The Salt Lake Tribune (via tartantambourine)

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“Jesus was a lone, wandering preacher with a small knot of followers. His message was radical. Leave your family, give away all you own, and devote yourself selflessly to God—which meant loving not only one’s neighbors, but also one’s enemies. He was adamantly apolitical, even to the point of refusing to defend himself at his own trial. He never spoke of homosexuality or abortion. And his only comments on marriage were confined to a condemnation of divorce and a forgiveness of adultery. So, how did we get to a point where the message of Christianity in America has drifted so far from Jesus?” Our editor Tina Brown’s editor’s letter in this week’s issue, introducing Andrew Sullivan’s piece on the crisis in Christianity. [Bonus! Chat live with Andrew at 2pm ET for a Q&A.] (via newsweek)


“(Republican) Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget reflects the teachings of Ayn Rand, not Jesus Christ.”

The non-partisan religious organization Catholics United. 

John Nichols has more.

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“Observe Jesus’ treatment of women. He came into a world that regarded women as drudges or toys and lifted them to the heights of respect and reverence. He scandalized his name and hastened his crucifixion by so doing, but he gladly paid the price for chivalry. Is there any example of him speaking unkindly to a woman? Even when he had to chide his mother, he did so with gentleness and respect. He was kind to widows and rebuked those who neglected them. He commended the poor widow who gave all she had to the temple treasury and brought back to life the son of a grieving widow. His heart even went out in sympathy to the women of the streets, the prostitutes. While others looked upon them with disgust and embarrassment, Jesus reached out to them. He said that such women would get into the kingdom of God before the religious people of his day.” Sam Laing, excerpt from ‘Mighty Men of God’ on repect for women (via youngmanandoldsoul)

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Newt the Pharisee. 

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Newt the Pharisee. 

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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“The great tragedy is that Christianity failed to see that it had the revolutionary edge. You don’t have to go to Karl Marx to learn how to be a revolutionary. I didn’t get my inspiration from Karl Marx; I got it from a man named Jesus.” Martin Luther King, Jr (via changingmyperspective)

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