In first-century Palestine, Jesus was one of many would-be messiahs who roamed the streets with a message from God. We find out why we still remember him 2,000 years later.
Rediscovering Jesus the Man
Before he was Jesus the Christ, he was Jesus the man – a poor Jewish peasant living in first century Palestine. Reza Aslan explains how he came to be seen as Christianity’s son of God – and why it’s a title the historical Jesus would not have understood.
Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
A State Church for the Future King?
When the royal baby grows up to become the symbolic leader of the Church of England some 50 years from now, will there even be a church to lead? Church-watcher Trevor Grundy says maybe not. Between England’s rise of secularism, decline of Christianity, and growing dissatisfaction over the church’s stance on women’s roles and same-sex marriage, England’s official church might look very different.
Trevor Grundy, reporter for Religion News Service and Deutsche Welle
Amineh Hoti: Interfaith Hope for Pakistan
Pakistan today isn’t known for its religious tolerance. So it took more than a little bravery to conceive an academic program where students take classes in subjects like “respecting the other” and “valuing diversity.” The classes will be part of the first interfaith curriculum ever offered in Pakistan, coming this January to a university in Lahore.
Amineh Hoti, founder and executive director of the upcoming Center for Dialogue and Action