Is that Jesus looking into a mirror? A recent study shows that Christian conservatives and liberals reflect themselves upon the image of Jesus, and it's not an ordinary mirror. Below is an excerpt from their Abstract: The present study explores the dramatic projection of one's own views onto those of Jesus among conservative and liberal American Christians. In a large-scale survey, the relevant views that each group attributed to a contemporary Jesus differed almost as much as their own views. Despite such dissonance-reducing projection, however, conservatives acknowledged the relevant discrepancy with regard to "fellowship" issues (e.g., taxation to reduce economic inequality and treatment of immigrants) and liberals acknowledged the relevant discrepancy with regard to "morality" issues (e.g., abortion and gay marriage). However, conservatives also claimed that a contemporary Jesus would be even more conservative than themselves on the former issues whereas liberals claimed that … [Read more...] about Jesus, Ã la Carte
ONE of the earliest ever depictions of the face of Christ to be found in the Holy Land have been discovered by archaeologists. Art historian Emma Maayan-Fanar discovered the over 1,500-year-old image of Jesus in a ruined church in Shivta, an archaeological site in Israel's Negev Desert. She said: "It was really a matter of luck - and experience.” "We studied the site, and I was looking closely at the apse expecting to see some spots of colour. Then, I lifted my head and saw the eyes. "Dror Maayan - my husband and a professional photographer - pointed his camera in the direction I thought I saw the image, and there he was, the face of Jesus." Though the Holy Land gave rise to the Christian faith, precious little devotional art has survived there from the religion's early history. The newly-discovered depiction of Jesus, which is believed to date back to the sixth century, is an extremely rare find. Dr Maayan said: "The earliest known depiction of Christ is from third century Dura … [Read more...] about ‘Jesus’ spotted in a 1,500-year-old painting on the wall of an abandoned church in the middle of the Israeli desert… but can YOU see him?
By Alyssa Pereira, SFGATE Updated 12:42 pm PST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 A man named Christopher Martinez was arrested after attempted to carjack a bus full of schoolchildren in Fresno. A man named Christopher Martinez was arrested after attempted to carjack a bus full of schoolchildren in Fresno. Photo: Fresno Police Department These crime stories from 2017 in the Bay Area were some real head-scratchers, or should we say bread-scratchers? Check out the craziest crimes by clicking through. These crime stories from 2017 in the Bay Area were some real head-scratchers, or should we say bread-scratchers? Check out the craziest crimes by clicking through. Photo: Photo Courtesy SCPD "Man cited for eating pizza at SF bus stop”Few stories raised public ire in 2017 as much as this one. In March, a homeless San Francisco senior citizen was cited … [Read more...] about Calif. man attempts to hijack bus of schoolchildren ‘to see Jesus’
Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post Published 4:41 am PST, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Oprah Winfrey has responded to the racist robo-call that uses her name in a ploy against Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who is trying to become the state's first black female governor. As you might have guessed, she is not impressed. "I heard people making racist robo-calls in my name against Stacey Abrams, who I am 100 percent for in Georgia," Winfrey said in an Instagram video, in which she is seen leaning on a treadmill while wearing a multicolored "vote" T-shirt. "I just want to say: Jesus don't like ugly. And we know what to do about that. Vote." The robo-calls, which Georgians began hearing last week, according to reports, brought an 11th-hour infusion of old-fashioned racism to the gubernatorial race in Georgia. "This is the magical Negro Oprah Winfrey asking you to make my fellow Negress Stacey Abrams the governor of Georgia," the robo-call … [Read more...] about Oprah Winfrey on racist ‘magical Negro’ robo-call: ‘Jesus don’t like ugly’
At a Michigan campaign stop Monday, Vice President Mike Pence honored victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting in a prayer with a rabbi who referenced "Jesus the Messiah." The vice president called for Jacobs to come to the stage, saying, "I'm privileged to be joined today by a leader in the Jewish Community here in Michigan who's kind enough to join us today. I thought it might be appropriate if Rabbi Loren Jacobs would come out from Shema Yisrael Synagogue and offer a word of prayer for the fallen, for their families, and for our nation." Jacobs, of Messianic congregation Shema Yisrael, offered prayers for the victims of the synagogue massacre. Messianic Jews follow Jewish law but believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The major denominations of Judaism reject Messianic Judaism as a form of Judaism, and Jacobs' participation was condemned by Jews on social media. According to an aide to the vice president, Jacobs was invited by Lena Epstein, the candidate Pence was supporting at … [Read more...] about Pence honors synagogue victims with rabbi praying to “Jesus the Messiah”