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The Puritans Banned Christmas

Believe it or not, the Puritans of England hated Christmas. They detested the pagan origins of the holiday and believed that the Bible didn’t dictate that pious Christians should observe the day Jesus was born as anything special. Ministers who preached on Christmas Day even faced arrest. Naturally, they brought this same attitude toward Christmas to the New World. More »      

-More People Read the Bible At Christmas?

                  (Photo credit: knowhimonline) Do more people read the Bible during Christmas than any other time of the year? According to YouVersion Bible ministry, it is the busiest season for the usage of their Bible apps. From the Christian Post: Christmas is a time often associated with trees, Santa Claus, mangers, family gatherings, television […]

Jesus Was Born In A House, Not A Stable, Says Scholar Challenging Traditional Nativity Story

We all know the story of the birth of Jesus, who was born under the roughest conditions, alone in a stable because “there was no room at the inn,” the Bible Gospels say. But do they, really? According to one British religious scholar,...Show More Summary

These Are the Atheist Ten Commandments

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jorisvo / Shutterstock.com Lo, and the Mythbuster delivered the commandments unto the people by way of a crowdsourcing contest... Boy, it just doesn't have the same ring, does it? You've gotta give the Bible one thing: The ten commandments story is pretty compelling, what with the Moses and the mountaintop and the stone tablets and all. Show More Summary

CP Exclusive: 7 NFL Players on Joining Athletes for Charity's 'Holiday Bible Giveaway' to Gift 500 Bibles to Fans

Countless NFL players are focused on helping their teams get to and through the playoffs which is fast approaching, but there were seven Christian athletes in particular who focused on spreading the word of God off of the football field this holiday season.

Did Jesus exist?

BIBLE HISTORY DAILY: Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible. Lawrence Mykytiuk’s feature article from the January/February 2015 issue of BAR with voluminous endnotes. The answer to the question, of course, is yes, he did. Show More Summary

Immanuel—God Is With Us

Names have great significance in the Bible. Jesus was called Messiah in Hebrew, which is translated as Christ in Greek. Both of those terms designated Him as an anointed One who would become King. Immanuel was another important name He was given. It means "God with us" (Matt. 1:23).

Is Exodus: Gods and Kings the Worst Ridley Scott Movie Ever?

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy a historian and a Bible scholar discuss the finer points of Exodus: Gods and Kings. The post Is Exodus: Gods and Kings the Worst Ridley Scott Movie Ever? appeared first on WIRED.

Newsweek Cover Story Tackles How Christians Often Misinterpret the Bible to Suit Their Own Needs

In a cover story for Newsweek, Kurt Eichenwald tells us something we've known for a long time: many Christians will distort the Bible to say whatever they want it to say. They project their personal beliefs onto the Bible, not draw those beliefs from it. They're happy to take passages out of context when it suits their needs and ignore them when it doesn't.

Filipino City Law Requires Bible Verse on Taxis; Officials Credit Scripture for Low Crime Rate, Peace

Taxi drivers working in the small Filipino tourist island city of Tagbilaran are required by law to have a biblical scripture painted on the back of their three-wheeled motorcycle cabs and any driver that is caught without a scripture is liable to be fined or have their license revoked.

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

The Christmas Version of “Hallelujah” is A Travesty

Hey, here’s an idea! Let’s take a great and beloved Leonard Cohen song about sex, sex, the Bible, doubt, and ambiguity… Read More

Newsweek: The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s A Sin

They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school. They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray [...]

Do More People Read the Bible During the Christmas Season?

Christmas is a time often associated with trees, Santa Claus, mangers, family gatherings, television specials, and the opening of presents.

Dallas Pastor Urges Black Megachurches to Fight Sprawling Planned Parenthood Complex With 8 Foot Concrete Wall

Stephen Broden, pro-life activist and pastor of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas is urging black megachurches to join him in protesting a sprawling 17,000 square-foot Planned Parenthood abortion center with an 8-foot concrete wall he believes was intentionally placed in their predominantly black neighborhood.

Popular Keyword Searches on Bible Gateway: Love, Faith, Marriage, and Children

Online scripture resource Bible Gateway says the website's most popular keyword searches include the terms "Love," "Faith," and "Peace."

Archaeological find from Israel supports stories of kings David and Solomon

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The ancient kings David and Solomon are two of the better-known figures of the Bible. Yet some scholars have disputed their existence, or at least their roles as kings, citing a dearth of evidence that there were functioning governments or states in the 10th century B.C., when the two men are said to have lived.Read full article >>

Anonymous Good Samaritan Returns Lost Wallet, $305 Cash With Bible Verses

A South Carolina man who lost his wallet with over $300 in cash inside thought his money was gone when he received a package with the wallet and a list of three Bible verses inside.

-Saudi Arabia: New Law Brings Death Sentence for Bible Smugglers?

           King of Saudi Arabia Apparently the Saudi government has passed a new law that prescribes a death sentences for those ‘smuggling’ in Bibles or other non-Muslim or even non-Sunni religious literature into the Muslim kingdom. For a long time it has been illegal to bring Bibles into Saudi Arabia. Usually customs agents have made […]

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