Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

A Kinder, Gentler, More Grown-up Easter

Patheos | Roger Wolsey (Iliff Alum)

In yo face Devil! Take that forces of evil! Look whose laughing now! Ding Dong the witch is dead! … Such has become the way that many of the world’s Christians have come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. We’ve allowed the ways of the world to infuse our beliefs and we end up fighting fire with fire. Employing the world’s ways against it. Read more.

My Favorite Angel: Easter Reflections on Matthew 28:1-10

Patheos | Alyce M. McKenzie

The angels in Matthew’s gospel remind me of my UPS man. He’s very focused on his job. He is there to deliver a package, not to sell it to me. “Hey Mrs. M., I understand your husband has seasonal allergies. Here is a humidifier from the Sharper Image. It got an excellent Consumer Report rating. There is a rebate coupon enclosed. I highly recommend it.” Read more.

Can Jesus Be Too Good-Looking?

The Durango Herald | Jocelyn Noveck, AP National Writer

NEW YORK – They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.
Jim Caviezel portrayed Jesus in the 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ.” But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is so, well, easy on the eyes that some are revisiting an age-old question vexing scholars for centuries: Did Jesus really look like Brad Pitt, only slightly better?

Making drunk driving an immigration issue spreads hate

Denver Progressive Examiner | Chris Time Steele

Scholar and professor at the Illif School of Theology, Dr. Miguel De La Torre stated, “The death of a 17-year-old by a drunk driver is a tragedy and there’s no question about that and the drunk driver should be punished for that regardless of his status but connecting this particular drunk driver with the term illegal is a way of criminalizing everyone who is undocumented.” Read more.

Is Religious Freedom Threatened?

Patheos Public Square | Panelists

Hobby Lobby, Little Sisters of the Poor, bakeries who refuse to make wedding cakes for gay weddings—While religious freedom is inscribed in the Constitution, it’s becoming an increasingly embattled issue today. Read how scholars and leaders from multiple faith traditions debate this hot topic in Patheos Public Square. Read more.

The Joyful Surprise of Pope Francis

Sojourners - God's Politics | Jim Wallace

Today the world celebrates Pope Francis’ first year. Notice I didn’t say the church is celebrating, but the world… His popularity has moved beyond Catholics to Christians of all kinds, believers from other faith traditions, agnostics, and the “nones,” who are very drawn to this pope who emphasizes love and simple living. Read more.

Southern Baptist Attitudes Changing on Birth Control

Baptist Standard | Bob Allen

On the surface, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists might seem unlikely bedfellows in opposing mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, but observers say it points to ongoing reconsideration of the morality of birth control… Professor Miguel De La Torre is quoted. Read more.

Celebrating women’s contributions to church

UMNS | Susan Keaton

CHICAGO (UMNS) – “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” is the 2014 theme for the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women as it celebrates women’s history month. Read story

The church and immigration: United Methodists arrested in D.C. immigration pray-in

UM News Service | Kathy L. Gilbert

WASHINGTON (UMNS) – They are out of jail, but for 32 protesters, including two United Methodist bishops, who were arrested in front of the White House Feb. 17, concerns remain. They want the Obama administration’s deportation policies to change. Read story See video

UMC bridging global religious divide

UM News Service | Donald Messer

WASHINGTON (UMNS) Whether engaged in peace-building, social justice programs or interfaith dialogue, United Methodists around the world are increasingly open to those of other faith traditions, according to a survey of bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read more.