Rethinking the Resurrection, Inside the Westboro Baptist Church, and More

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Why the Resurrection of Jesus is a ‘Distraction’ March 28, 2013

Many Christians believe something spectacular happened to the corpse of Jesus. According to the explanation that has been taught for centuries, Jesus’ dead body physically rose from the ground, a little less than three days after his crucifixion. But Biblical scholar Marcus Borg looks at that moment as a parable, and says focusing on the physical resurrection is missing the true meaning of Easter.

Marcus Borg, Biblical scholar and author of The Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written

Religion and Immigration Reform March 28, 2013

According to a new survey, most Americans–63 percent–support a pathway to citizenship for America’s undocumented immigrants. And that includes majorities from all faith traditions. Our resident religion pollster explores this surprising result.

Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute

Lauren Drain: On Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church March 28, 2013

The Westboro Baptist Church calls itself a “unique picketing ministry,” and that’s certainly one way to think about signs that say “Pray for More Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates Fags.” It makes you wonder, who are these people? One of them used to be Lauren Drain. Eventually she was booted out of the Kansas-based church, leaving behind her family and nearly everyone she cared about.

Lauren Drain, author of Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

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