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Posts tagged with ‘Jesus’

  • Jesus Said What?

    By Donald E. Knebel on January 9, 2014
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    Jesus is probably the most quoted person in the world, his words often cited to support a particular political view.  For example, Americans seeking to limit government assistance often quote Jesus as saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”  That statement was first made by Algernon Sidney and later attributed to Benjamin Franklin.  On the other hand, statements the Bible […]
  • Was Jesus a Marxist?

    By Donald E. Knebel on December 10, 2013
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    Rush Limbaugh recently spent about an hour criticizing Pope Francis’ 50,000 word “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), claiming it contains “pure Marxism” because of its emphasis on improving the lot of the poor and reducing income inequality.  Sarah Palin chimed in that the Pope’s remarks “sound kind of liberal, [and] has [sic] taken me aback.”  These conservative voices, […]
  • Laws Based on the Bible – a Preview

    By Donald E. Knebel on November 25, 2013
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    Some politicians are fond of saying that American laws should be based on the laws of God as taught in the Bible.  The Bible certainly contains moral principles that can properly be reflected in our civil laws, such as commands not to accept bribes and not to lie to a court.  The teachings of Jesus, such as loving your neighbor […]
  • A Test of Faith

    By Donald E. Knebel on October 4, 2013
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    Because of the increasing religious pluralism of the United States, civic literacy includes knowing about the religious beliefs of others.  But most Americans have only the vaguest notions about the beliefs of religions other than their own and the ideas they do have are often wrong.  To see if this generalization applies to you, take the following True/False test about […]