Key religious news, views, features, reviews & resources in one place

Theological Editions

Friday, July 1, 2016

http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Reader.jpg

Resources

Comment
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/comment.jpg

When Christians acted like the Taliban and ISIS & "Took a Hammer to Civilization"

Despite strong protests from the international community, the Afghan Taliban destroyed the two UNESCO World Heritage giant Buddhas of Bamyam in 2001. Throughout the last millennium, others had ahttp://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Cross-replaces--defaced-Pharoh.JPGttacked these central Afghanistan 6th century relics, which were from the 500-year period when Buddhism flourished in the region. Once Islam swept through Asia, many Muslim leaders saw the Buddhas as idols that could lead the faithful astray.

Considering non-Sunni religious shrines as idolatrous, whether they are ancient or modern, is also the reason ISIS has given for destroying churches, Shia mosques and cultural antiquities in the Mosul museum in Iraq, the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, and more recently the 2000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Palmyra in Syria. UNESCO calls the annihilation of the Palmyra temple a “war crime” and the Mail Online refers to how “ISIS Thugs take a Hammer to Civilisation”.

Would the early Christians have attracted similar condemnation? In the Isis Temple from Philae in Upper Egypt, there is clear evidence of how the early Christians from the late third century defaced images of the Egyptian gods and their protégés, the Pharaohs. As these Christians didn’t have explosives, power hammers or power drills, they used chisels and hammers in a more precise way to take out the features of the gods and sometimes replaced these with an image of the cross as shown in the photo I recently took at the Isis Temple.

In 330 AD, Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Byzantine Empire. After Emperor Justinian I’s pro-Christian edicts around a century later and the persecution of the dwindling numbers of followers of other religions, including the Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Nabataean and other pagan gods, as well as Christian heretics, these religions had effectively died by 550AD. Christians pillaged materials from former pagan temples to build Byzantine Churches, such as those at Jerash, Umm Qais and Petra in Jordan. In the 8th Century, after the locals converted to Islam, these sites became mosques.

During the 8th and 9th centuries, both Byzantine Christian and Muslim iconoclasts destroyed Christian statues and images. Some Protestant reformers in the 16th century also destroyed or removed sacred artwork from churches and replaced these with a simple cross.

Was what these Christians and Muslims did also a “crime” against cultural antiquity? And should we view them as “Thugs who took a hammer to civilisation”? Or should we view these iconoclasts, like those of ISIS, as part of a the progression through history, however painful this is for modern archaeologists, scholars of antiquity and those who revere ancient relics or gain from tourism?
Graeme J Davidson More comments

 

Religion News
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Newspaper.JPG

Features, Essays, opinion
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/e-reader.jpg

media & Books
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Review.jpg

American evangelical leaders have praised Britain’s recent decision to leave the EU more Christian Headlines

Vatican debunks Turkey’s ‘crusader pope’ accusations in Armenia genocide row more RT

Christians feel outnumbered and marginalized in Jerusalem's Old City more Christian Headlines

Where major religious groups stand on abortion more Pew Research Center

5 key findings about global restrictions on religion more Pew Research Center

It is a gloomy electorate, deeply divided on fundamental issues and increasingly worried about terrorism, crime and personal economic security, that US General Election candidates will face more National Catholic Reporter

Hundreds of Christians pray for EU referendum in Parliament Square more Christian Headlines

Martyrs are witnesses of faith, not just victims of genocide, pope says more CNS

Hillary Clinton once threw a Bible at the back of a Secret Service agent’s head more Breitbart

The Bible in America: 6-year trends. Bible reading has become less widespread, especially among the youngest adults more Barna Group

Christians forced to hide their faith from 'abusive' Muslim refugees more Express

Orlando Muslims: 'Nothing in Koran says go out and kill gay people' more Haaretz

Seddique Mir Mateen, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen's father, told NBC News that "this has nothing to do with religion" in spite of reports that his son had declared his allegiance to ISIS more CBS

Bahrain officially bans mixing politics with religion more Gulf News

Refugees seeking asylum on religious grounds quizzed on 'Bible trivia' more The Guardian

Survey finds ‘Francis effect’ in Catholic interest in the Bible more Crux

Trump tackles Christianity’s big question: ‘Who is Jesus?’ more RNS

Pope's move to oust bishops negligent on sexual abuse gets mixed reviews more National Catholic Reporter

Few Syrian christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration more Christian Headlines

Muslims converting to Christianity in Saudi Arabia, despite intense persecution more Christian Today

US Presidential candidates reach out to Evangelicals more Religion & Ethics, PBS

Most American Christians believe they're victims of discrimination more The Atlantic

Trump, torture and religion: Why the Christian Right has flocked to the GOP nominee more Salon

Pro-life hypocrisy on Texas abortion decision more RNS

Hilary's fraith, Trumps conversion: two questions journalists need to ask more Religion Dispatches

What Brexit can't fix more First Things

Can you be religious without knowing it? more RNS

Five myths about sharia more The Washington Post

In a politically correct world Christianity is the new second hand smoke more Breitbart

Trump peddles religious ignorance more The Washington Post

The complexities of Thai Buddhism more The Huffington Post

Islamist extremism in America: Is religion the problem more VOA

Papal trip to Armenia a moment for Orthodox friendship, political rapprochement more National Catholic Reporter

Donald Trump's history of questioning others' religion more NBC

5 dumb things Christians must stop saying when evil strikes more Leadership Journal

Gospel of Jesus' wife is probably a forgery more The Atlantic

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces a dilemma: Religion or politics? more The Washington Post

Politicians should change the way they speak about Islam, a religion in crisis more The Oregonian

What does the Koran say about being gay? more Newsweek

If Islam is a religion of violence, so is Christianity more Foreign Policy

How to escape our islands of isolation and self-affirmation. We believe we can somehow escape the sins of humanity by lapping the sweet milk of otherness more Aletiea

The Stanford rape victim said the words I couldn’t. Why we all should pay attention to her bold account more Christianity Today

Doctors and end-of-life discussions more Religion & Ethics, PBS

Watching for the moon, eating pre-dawn meals, reading the Koran: The nuts and bolts of Ramadan more The Washington Posta

How Christianity spread across Roman Empire 'like Starbucks' to become the 'monopoly religion' of the continent more Daily Mail

How religion was the most powerful character on Game of Thrones" series 6 more Screen Crush

Finding Dory: a cute fish story with a big life message more Aleteia

Is this cave in Turkey the place where St Peter celebrated mass? The “grotto of St. Peter” in Antioch is considered one of the first churches of Christianity more Aleteia

Mary Magdalene is far more important to the life story of Jesus—and far more prominent in that story—than Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Quest for Mary Magdalene more Kirkus

In Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism, Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa explore lived experiences of faith through interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom more LSE

Why don't you ever see saints smile in religious art? more Aletiea

Accompanied by his Capuchin friars, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (commonly known as Padre Pio) lived very long days, as evidenced by this film dating back to 1950 more Aletiea

Alice in “Amoris Laetitia” Land. The dazzling critique by an Australian scholar on the post-synodal exhortation. “We have lost all foothold, and fallen like Alice into a parallel universe, where nothing is quite what it seems to be” more Chiesa

Pop culture meets Pope culture more Aletiea

Why are medieval manuscripts filled with armed raging rabits? more Aleteia

Bible Emoji translates scripture into pictures for Millennials more New York Daily News

Game of Thrones and the Bible more Patheos

Intolerance and evangelization. the “death of God” too often results, not in God’s burial, but in the “burial of good, beauty, love, and truth” through their inversion: “Good becomes evil, beauty is ugly, love becomes the satisfaction of sexual primal instincts, and truths are all relative” more First Things

The ever broading role of the pastor. Over the centuries, shepherding a flock has gotten a bit more complicated more Leadership Journal

A map of post religious Christianity more Spirituality & Practice

The Money Cult:Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream. A lively study of how the prim Puritans of old, "tireless strivers after divine favor and sticklers for political order," became the mega-churchy materialists of today more Kirkus

Writing to God is one leap of faith in City Stories more The New York Times

Captain America: Civil War has raised the bar for super hero films, not only with its near seamlessly choreographed action sequences, including a tunnel chase that has to be seen to be believed, but primarily by the heart of its main character, his unshakable commitment to speak the truth and fight for what’s right more Christian Spotlight on Entertainment

Bible
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Bible.jpg

A Christian's Guide to Bible Study Aids & References

Bible Atlas
Bible Gateway
Bible Mapper

Bible Notes

Bible Research

Bible Study Tools (lexicons)

Bibles Net
Biblical Hermeneutics Biblical Studies
Biblical Studies on the Web

Blue Letter Bible

Codex Sinaiticus

iTanakh

Methods

Net Bible
Non Canonical Literature Postmodern Bible Dictionary
The Hypertext Bible

The Unbound Bible
World Wide Study Bible

Sermons
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Sermons.jpg
Comments
Desperate Preacher's Site

Expository Sermons

Homilies

Lectionary Sermons

Light a Candle (RCL)

Preaching Unleashed

Revised Common Lectionary

Sermon & Sermon-Lectionary

Sermon Central

Sermon Seedbed

Sermon Texts

Sermons

Sermons 4 Kids

Sermons that Work

The Living Pulpit

Worship & Preaching (RCL)

Liturgy & Prayer
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Prayer.jpg
An Anglican Liturgical Library An Online Retreat (34 weeks)
Catholic Prayers
Christian Prayer & Resources
Daily Reflections
Devotionals
General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours

Lift Up Your Hearts

Links & Resources in Christian Spirituality

Liturgical Resources

Liturgy (Irish)

Liturgy (New Zealand)

Liturgy (Resources for Catholic Educators)
Liturgy (Theology Library)
Liturgy Office (England & Wales)

Liturgy, Church Year & Prayer
Medieval Music
Oremus

Orthodox Liturgical Texts & Resources

Orthodox Prayers

Prayer & Song (Taizé)

Prayer Resources

Resources for Prayer & Retreats

The Catholic Liturgical Library

The Center for Liturgy

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

The Order of St Benedict: Liturgy

News & Magazines
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/News-Mags.jpg
America
Anglican Communion News Service
Associated Baptist Press
Barna Group
Beliefnet

Catholic Culture

Catholic League
Catholic News Service
Challenging Christian Zionism

Charisma
Christian Broadcasting Network

Christianity
Christian Today Christianity Today
Church Times
Ecumenical News
International
Ekklesia Episcopal Life Online Independent Catholic News
Interfaith News Network
Orthodox Observer
Pew Research Center
Religion & Ethics, PBS Religion Link Religion News Service Religion Today Russia Religious News
Salt of the Earth
Ship of Fools

Sojourners
The Christian Century

The Christian Post

The Lutheran

The Salvationist

The Tablet

Touchstone
Spirituality & Practice

US Catholic

Vatican News Services

Winesome Wit
World Worldwide Religious News Zondervan

Journals
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/Journals.jpg
American Theological Inquiry
Australian Biblical Review
At This Point
Australian Ejournal of Theology

Biblica

Biblical Archeology Review

Biblical Theology Bulletin

Canadian Journal of Orthodox Theology

Caring Connections
Christian Ethics Today
Commonweal

Cross Currents

Envoy

First Things
Harvard
Theological Review Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion
Ioudaios Review

Jewish Studies Internet Journal

Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry

Journal for Cultural & Religious Theory

Journal for the Study of Religions & Ideologies

Journal of Arabic & Islamic Studies

Journal of Buddhist Ethics
Journal of Global Buddhism
Journal of Pastoral Counseling
Journal of Philosophy & Scripture
Journal of Religion & Popular Culture

Journal of Religion & Society

Journal of Scriptural Reasoning

LFM: Social Sciences & Mission
Living Tradition
McMaster Journal of Theology & Ministry

Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith

Protestant Reformed Theological Journal
Review of Biblical Literature
TC: A Journal of Biblical Textural Criticism

The Denver Journal
The Ecumenical Review
The Founder's Journal

The Fourth R

The Journal of Liberal Religion

The Journal of Religion & Film

The Journal of Southern Religion

U-Turn

Texts & Resources
http://www.theologicaleditions.com/Images/texts.jpg

Applied Ethics Resources on the World Wide Web
Aristotle et al: Reading for Catholics

BBC: Religion

Buddhist Studies Virtual Library

Catholics on the Net

Children's Sunday School Online Teaching Resources

Christian Answers Network

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Church History on the Web

Doctrines & Heresies in the Early Church
Encyclopaedia Mythica
Exploring Ancient World Cultures
Fox's Book of Martyrs From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (PBS)
Guide to Early Church Documents

Homosexuality & Catholicism
Human Rights Library
Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy

Internet Medieval Source Book
Internet Sacred Text Library Lectures for Religion 166
Liberation Theology & Land Reform

NT Gateway

Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

Papal & Episcopal Documents relating to Catholic Social Justice Teaching

Religion Facts
Religious Resources
Resources for Catholic Educators

Religious Worlds

Review of Biblical Literature

Scrolls from the Dead Sea

St. Pachomius Library (Orthodox)

Stuart's Celtic Christianity Page
The Association of Religion Data Archives

The Catholic Encyclopaedia

The Christian Theology Page

The Gay Christian Network

The Reformation Guide

The Religious Movements Homepage Project

The Skeptics Dictionary
Theology Library Theology Online
Thomistic Philosophy Page
Top 50 Blogs by Divinity Students

Contact 
Graeme Davidson

About
Copyright © 2015
Theological Editions