Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

Muslim Ayatollah Ali Khamenei May Decide Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Fate

Here’s how it works. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the supreme “guardian jurist” of Shia Islam in Iran, and, according to the Iranian constitution, no political or religious decision can be set in motion there that is contrary to his approval. The buck stops with … Continue reading

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Fall Poem: Actor Ralph Richardson Reads John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn” After Reflecting on Old Age and Death

Ralph Richardson died in 1983 at the age of 81, so this clip is from the mid-1970s.

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Who Can Plausibly Tell Us Who Jesus Was?

That’s easy. Academic scholars. They’re the contemporary experts who study the subject using the historiographic, textual, and archeological methods that have been developed since the Enlightenment. Bart Ehrman (for example) is a far more reliable guide to what the individual gospel … Continue reading

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The Christians of Egypt are the Jews of the Early 21st Century

I’m not being hyperbolic. The world needs to protect the Christians of Egypt, and it can do so by opening opportunities for them to immigrate. Christians number about 9 million people in Egypt—about 10% of the population—and they’re “the other” standing in the way … Continue reading

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