Tag Archives: martyrdom

Getting to Know the Gods

Abraham’s Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, by Bruce Chilton – Chilton, the Professor of Religion at Bard College, looks at Abraham’s intended sacrifice of his son and how it influenced the Abrahamic religions. While the … Continue reading

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The Holy and the Headless

Hey, how about a weird martyrdom story on this Sunday afternoon? I take you now through the magic of text to Paris in the middle of the third century. St. Denis, now revered as the patron saint of the city, … Continue reading

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Bigger Carp to Fry

The development of Christianity is a tricky subject, especially when dealing with the really early history of the Church. The Catholic Church likes to claim that there’s an unbroken line of succession of bishops from Jesus’ apostles to the present … Continue reading

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