WBEZ | jesus http://www.wbez.org/tags/jesus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-105640 <p><p>How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In <em>The Color of Christ</em>, <strong>Edward J. Blum</strong> and <strong>Paul Harvey</strong> weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions&ndash;from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations&ndash;to show how Americans remade Jesus visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.</p><p><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80119043" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>The Color of Christ</em> uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America&rsquo;s most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TNL-webstory_1.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at The Newberry Library.</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-105640 Was Jesus married? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3012673675_35d05d229b_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 523px; width: 300px; " title="(Flickr/matthew Hunt)" />This internet exploded last week when it became potentially possible that Jesus was <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/09/was-jesus-married-ancient-papyrus-mentions-his-wife/">not the saint you might think</a>, as a scrap of paper revealed he had potentially been married.</p><p>But &quot;The idea that Jesus was married does more than make the New Testament more saleable as a Lifetime mini-series,&quot; said James Finn Garner at <em>The Paper Machete</em>. &quot;(You know somewhere the concept has been pitched, and a producer has said, &#39;I like the story, but this guy Jesus, he needs to be sexed up.&#39;) If the scrap proves to be accurate, it might shake the foundations of the Christian church as we know it, at least until the church as we know it squelches it.&quot;&nbsp;Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>The scrap, cut from a larger scroll, contained seven lines of sentence fragments. Among these were the words: &ldquo;Jesus said, My wife.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Now, I&rsquo;d like to get address the elephant in the room right now and head straight for the Borscht Belt treatment:&nbsp; Jesus said, &ldquo;My wife wants to take a vacation, spark up our LOVE life. Wants to go to the Dead Sea. I say, Why the Dead Sea? She says, it reminds me of our love life.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And also:&nbsp; How can you tell that Jesus was married? He brings 5000 people over and then asks, &ldquo;Hey, we got any food?&rdquo; I like that one better.</em></p><p><em>The headlines screamed the predictably sensational question,&ldquo;Was Jesus married?&rdquo; The expert from Harvard answered strongly that she had no idea. The sentence wasn&rsquo;t complete, it had no context, the scrap had been cut from a larger papyrus we don&rsquo;t have. It was written 150 years after the death of Jesus, who as you remember, was someone prone to speak a little cryptically. It could have been the start of a parable, analogy, mystical figurative allusion, or something else.</em></p><p><em>But I ask you, what&rsquo;s more fun, scholarship or baseless conjecture?&nbsp; Then let&rsquo;s get to it.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/was-jesus-married-102676 Local bishop stages mock crucifixion of his own granddaughter to protest teachers strike http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/local-bishop-stages-mock-crucifixion-his-own-granddaughter-protest <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trotter_bishop_crucifixion.jpg" title="Larry Bishop mock-crucifies his granddaughter (Still via ABC 7 video)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;re a minister who isn&rsquo;t happy about the teachers strike (which, hey! is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/node/102502/">now over</a>!). One might assume, being a man of God, that you&rsquo;d offer to help negotiations or open up your church to host out-of-school children. But if you&rsquo;re Bishop Larry Trotter of the South Side&#39;s Sweet Holy Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, you protest the strike by <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/minister-crucifies-granddaughter-over-teachers-strike/">staging a mock crucifixion</a> using your four-year-old granddaughter. (<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8815197">ABC 7 notes</a> that other men helped hold the girl up and that she wasn&rsquo;t actually just &ldquo;dangling&rdquo; from the cross, so there&rsquo;s that.) About his symbolic gesture Trotter said, &ldquo;Our children are being neglected. Their hope is being crucified. Their education is being crucified and their future is being crucified.&rdquo; He didn&rsquo;t take sides, though, blaming everyone involved &ndash; Mayor Emanuel, the school board and the teachers union. Still, you have to admire the Bishop for sticking to the adage &ldquo;show, don&rsquo;t tell.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Just when you thought it was safe to move on, Jon Burge is back in our lives. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-police-torture-20120919,0,253070.story">Five new cases</a> of alleged torture under the disgraced former police commander have been assigned to judges by the Illinois Torture Relief and Inquiry Commission. And there are still dozens more <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/hope-burge-torture-victims-still-prison-96080">Burge-related cases</a> for the commission to go through. The problem, as our own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/first-torture-commission-cases-may-be-last-102505">Rob Wildeboer reports</a>, is that funding for the commission has been halted. David Thomas, former executive director for the commission, said the commission needs around $250,000 a year for the next three years to finish the job. Given the findings of previous Burge-related investigations &ndash; not to mention <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/burge-trial">Burge&rsquo;s own trial</a> &ndash; and a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/four-men-chicago-cleared-1994-rape-and-murder-102444">number</a> of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/yet-another-exoneration-reflects-ongoing-disturbing-trend-102101">other cases</a> in Chicago in which the convicted were later exonerated, the state needs to fund the commission to finish the work if it ever hopes to fully escape Burge&#39;s tainted legacy.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Because, as we&#39;ve already seen this morning, nothing fuels calm, rational discourse like religion, a new study by a Harvard scholar <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-religion-jesus-marriagebre88h1cm-20120918,0,1549833.story">claims Jesus may have been married</a>. Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, shared the discovery, based on information written on a small piece of papyrus; the writing includes the phrase, &quot;Jesus said to them, my wife.&rdquo; Not surprising, this has a lot of people kind of upset because it doesn&rsquo;t fit into the typical Western view of Jesus as a tall white, single dude with a long flowing beard (like any number of indie rockers out of Brooklyn). King also pointed out that historical evidence has failed to disprove Jesus&rsquo; long-disputed relationship status. Jesus couldn&rsquo;t be reached for comment but the relationship status on his Facebook profile reads, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s complicated.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000063643/article/steve-sabol-president-of-nfl-films-dies?module=HP11_headline_stack">Steve Sabol</a>, president of NFL Films, at the age of 69 from brain cancer. Steve, along with his father Ed, helped&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-steve-sabol-driving-creative-force-behind-nfl,85118/">revolutionize the way</a>&nbsp;football games are filmed and presented. Most football fans are well acquainted with their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjbw6WSFqEw">Super Bowl recap films</a>,&nbsp;but Sabol&rsquo;s work went beyond that &ndash; his writing, production and creative oversight garnered him dozens of Emmy awards.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/233461/mitt-romneys-claim-that-47-percent-of-americans-dont-pay-taxes-true-or-false">Fact-checking</a> Mitt Romney&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/romney-unplugged-causing-headaches-supporters-102478">now-infamous secretly taped speech</a>.</li><li>The Russians are hiding a <a href="http://io9.com/5944142/russia-admits-to-having-trillions-of-carats-worth-of-diamonds-hidden-in-an-asteroid-crater">boatload of diamonds in an asteroid crater</a> because that&rsquo;s what Russians do.</li><li>Berlin <a href="http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/welcome-to-berlin-sorry-no-entry-for-hipsters/story-e6frfq80-1226476268583">doesn&rsquo;t want you</a>, hipsters.</li><li>Jon Stewart and Bill O&rsquo;Reilly <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/you-can-pay-5-to-watch-jon-stewart-and-bill-oreill,85069/">will have a debate showdown</a> available via pay-per-view on the Internet later in October.</li><li><a href="http://gizmodo.com/5944411/iphone-5-meta+review-a-better-iphone-in-every-way">Reviews of the new iPhone</a> are rolling in, which I&rsquo;m sure will result in total agreement across Internet message boards.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>The CTA&rsquo;s new Express Bus service has a new name: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-announces-new-rapid-transit-jeffery-jump-bus-102494">Jump</a>.&rdquo; Van Halen and Kris Kross will fight to the death in a cage match to determine whose song gets to accompany promo material.</li><li>Chicago: one of the nation&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120915/ISSUE01/309159977/how-chicago-became-one-of-the-nations-most-digital-cities">most digital cities</a>.</li><li>A&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/18/muhammad_ali_interview_post.php">fantastic interview with Muhammad Ali</a>&nbsp;conducted by a New Trier High School student in 1967 has surfaced.</li><li>A Chicago Police officer has been arrested on&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8815093">charges of accepting a bribe</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;dismiss a criminal case.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Jay Cutler <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8395148/chicago-bears-jay-cutler-bumped-jmarcus-webb">has sorta backpedaled</a> on his treatment of offensive tackle J&rsquo;Marcus Webb during the Bears drubbing at the hands of the Packers last week.</li><li>It&rsquo;s been such a bad year for the Cubs, even <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-revolution-cubs-0919-20120918,0,7185905.story">their fictional titles are being taken away</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>The Toronto Blue Jays&rsquo; Yunel Escobar <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8395863/toronto-blue-jays-yunel-escobar-suspended-three-games-gay-slur-eye-black">was suspended for three games</a> for the homophobic slur he had written in his eye black in Spanish during a game on Saturday.</li><li>The Chicago Baseball Museum is now <a href="http://chicagobaseballmuseum.org/">a thing</a>.</li><li>Sox Watch: <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_18_chamlb_kcamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">A win over the Royals</a> keeps the Sox three games up on Detroit.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />How did Mars go from a watery, Earth-like surface to its current red desert state? By losing its atmosphere. And how did <em>that</em> happen? Watch below and learn.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GLrzH-Rnr1c" width="560"></iframe></p></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/local-bishop-stages-mock-crucifixion-his-own-granddaughter-protest