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Detail Da Vinci’s The Last Supper by Giacomo Raffaelli. Judas seated second right. Alberto Fernandez Fernandez [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Why Judas was actually more of a saint, than a sinner

Judas has had a 2,000-year raw deal. Here's why it's time for a rethink.
Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt is leading a sanctuary offer to asylum-seekers facing deportation to Nauru. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Sanctuary for asylum seekers is an offer with ancient pedigree

In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection.
‘What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?’ Nathan Rupert/Flickr

Does it matter if there was really a Star of Bethlehem?

What difference would it make to human life if a celestial event were unequivocally linked to the very night of Jesus’ birth?
The earliest sources, including Paul’s letters, show very little interest in the mythological details of heavenly existence. Wikimedia Commons/ Probably Valentin de Boulogne: Saint Paul Writing His Epistles.

Paul’s Apocalypse gave us heaven and hell several times over

Interpretations of Paul the apostle's texts provided the basic fund of imagery that continues to inform popular opinion about what Christians mean when they talk about "heaven", or "hell".
Conservative Christians and evangelicals might want to claim freehold over the Bible – but it’s a text for many readers, even atheists. Bobby McKay/Flickr

Religion par excellence: can the Bible be useful to atheists?

Why does an atheist literary scholar need to know about the Bible? It's a text with innumerable interpretative possibilities that allows readers to connect 'the apparently unconnectable'.
The violence of the Exodus is disconcerting to a modern viewer, but the ancients would not blink an eye. 21st Century Fox

Ridley Scott battles with the essence of the Exodus

Ridley Scott’s 3D biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014), an interpretation of the exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt by Moses, sparked controversy last month when it was banned in Egypt and Morocco…
What was the celestial body the three wise men followed 2,000 years ago? epSos.de

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

The wise men were likely accomplished Greek astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event.

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