How did 'god' and 'jesus' and presumably other religious names and figures become integral components of our anger and cursing expressions? [more inside]
posted by peacay
on May 19, 2014 -
Small child paid more attention than expected at our Easter services and is now retelling us with gusto how Mary nailed Jesus to the wood and then he melted (death as understood by her from Raymond Brigg's The Snowman
) and then woke up again. Only with a lot more details and blood. The story is quite mixed up in her mind because she's pieced it together from icons and gospel passages and questions we've answered. We're matter-of-fact about death etc in our household, and she's very interested in emotional narratives, so this is fascinating and confusing her. The children's bibles we have elide over the actual details of the crucifixion, and while I can and have read her the actual accounts, they're a struggle for her to follow the language. Is there a film or animation out there that includes the crucifixion and resurrection but doesn't revel in the gore like Mel Gibson, or reduce it to singing vegetables?
posted by viggorlijah
on Apr 21, 2014 -
I'm looking to collect as many specific examples as I can, of instances in which specific Republican/conservative behaviors and/or political moves have directly contradicted the teachings of Christ. Some specific examples within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Feb 16, 2014 -
I have heard a rumor that some people believe that Jesus traveled to India and learned Buddhist ideas. The theory is that perhaps this occurred during Jesus' early adulthood, before he started preaching during his 30s. But I am a bit skeptical. Do you know where this idea comes from? Do you think it is probable? Are there books or movies that I should watch about this theory? Any insight would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams
on Apr 28, 2013 -
What do the classiest people you know say when they stub their toe, get cut off in traffic, or otherwise need a short noise more important for it's sound than it's meaning? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns
on Feb 22, 2013 -
I want to find Kinky Friedman's version of Plastic Jesus on my Dashboard. Don't care what format, just want to get it. Anyone know where I can get it?
posted by nathanrudy
on Dec 21, 2012 -
I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 15, 2012 -
Looking for a short story I read 2 or 3 years ago about a robot who worked in a church, and started reading scripture, and was eventually killed by the townspeople because of it. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe
on Apr 10, 2012 -
My favorite album so far this year has been Emmy the Great's Virtue. Partly it's because of the thematic throughline in the lyrics, which is 'my lover left me for Jesus.' What are other songs with that theme? Also acceptable: My lover left me for Buddha/Xenu/Mohammed/Meher Baba/Aphrodite/Krishna/etc. I'm not looking for songs from the perspective of the converted, but the one who lost a lover.
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 7, 2011 -
In Luke 4:5 - 4:7, the devil shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and says something to the effect of, "I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours." Within the Christian tradition, is there a consensus about whether the devil was lying, or whether he actually had the power to grant this boon? Do different branches of Christianity have different answers to that question? I'm looking for the authoritative opinions of Christian leaders/philosophers/theologists here, not the opinions of individual Christians of metafilter.
posted by Greg Nog
on Jul 12, 2011 -
Why was Jesus of Nazarath (also called Jesus Christ) killed? What was going on in Roman occupied Jerusalem that lead up to his death? [more inside]
posted by garlic
on Apr 24, 2011 -
Was Jesus ever depicted in a vaudeville production? Looking for solid, reasonably non-speculative evidence.
posted by bingo
on Jan 25, 2011 -
I turned on my computer this morning, opened my browser and was astounded to see that my iGoogle page is suddenly full of Christian widgets, from "Daily Prayer to Jesus" to "Book of Mormon - One Chapter a Day." I'm most definitely not a Christian. [more inside]
posted by Bromius
on Nov 28, 2010 -
religious-art-filter: looking for a specific image of Christ rising from the grave. I saw it on a TV program and I'd like to see it again. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek
on Nov 16, 2009 -
My teenaged son want to dress up as Jesus. He has the hair, but he wants a robe like Jesus wore. However, he doesn't want a crappy polyester costume-shop robe. Also both of us refuse to sew anything.
So -- what would be a good Jesus-robe (or just any plausible Jesuswear. This would be daywear, not Jesus eveningwear) that we could buy, in a nice natural fabric? and we're in New York City so if you have specific suggestions for stores that would be even better.
posted by DMelanogaster
on Oct 21, 2009 -
Dear Hivemind: Sometime during the 90s or right at the beginning of the new century, I read a novel about a Roman slave, who was trained as a physician, and a character supposed to be Jesus during his lost years. [more inside]
posted by AArtaud
on Feb 28, 2009 -
Back in the dark ages of the internets, someone forwarded me (or sent me a link to) some pencil/line drawings of a stereotypical Jesus doing some rather non-stereotypical (but not NSFW) things: playing baseball with some kids, driving a semi, etc. Each one had some pretty funny captions or speech bubbles or something like that. Not sure why, but I need to see these again. Anybody point me to them...?
posted by TigerMoth
on Oct 28, 2008 -
Costume Filter for the Bearded (again): How do I pull off Jesus on the cheap? If not the Big JC, then who (or what)? [more inside]
posted by piedmont
on Oct 24, 2008 -
A while ago, I went into a Christian bookstore and saw a poster/reprinted painting of Jesus dressed in a very colorful coat and he had a really big smile and was possibly laughing. From what I remember, the picture showed the whole body of Jesus as opposed to just his face - can anyone help me find this image? There's a best answer in it for the winner :)
BTW - The basic Google search
yielded some fine pictures, but not the one I was searching for.
posted by royalchinook
on Apr 9, 2008 -
For this year's Religious Studies Dept. Halloween party (theme: dress as a religious character), my partner and I want to go as Zombie Jesus and Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter. Is this offensive? If not, can you help me plan the costumes? I have never seen JCVH (and won't be able to before the party), what would an appropriate costume be? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Help me find the "best" fundamentalist / evangelical Christian websites geared toward youth. [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Oct 15, 2007 -
In the film Jesus Camp, there is a really catchy song that goes something like: "We love the lord. We love the lord of Zion!" or something like that - anyone know what it's called? Even better, how to find it?
posted by dkleinst
on Sep 8, 2007 -
Is there a specific name for the Catholic candles you can get at Mexican grocery stores? The ones in glass jars with pictures of saints, Marias, or Jesus? And can anyone tell me more about them, such as how they fit into Catholicism or their cultural resonances? I'm curious about them, and I've found remarkably little info on the internet-- which leads me to wonder if I'm not using the right search term, or if (egads!) there actually is not a website out there with information.
posted by bookish
on Sep 5, 2007 -
Sermon Illustration (preferably a movie) for questioning the meaning/purpose of life, or the idea of having a "new life" or renewed spirit. [more inside]
posted by kraigory
on Jul 22, 2007 -
A Christian group claims that "Jesus"
is the most-watched movie of all time. They cite the New York Times, July 22 2003 article titled "1979 Bible Film is the Most-Watched Movie of All Time", on page "1AR". Looking through the New York Times's archives, both on the web and microfilm, I can't find the article; only an obituary for William R. Bright which mentions the film without making the claim in question. Is the article they cite real? What does AR refer to? Also, is the claim accurate?
posted by thirteenkiller
on Apr 2, 2007 -
Water to wine mechanics- help me perform a miracle. I need help for a costume party stunt involving a box of wine and the ability to dispense it miraculously. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen
on Apr 1, 2007 -
I need a version of the Christmas story that is simple enough for children to understand in a story format rather than reading scripture. An online version would be nice!
posted by cainiarb
on Nov 6, 2006 -
Is there an explanation for why Jesus is never said to be smiling or laughing (he must have at some stage surely)?
posted by tellurian
on Sep 23, 2006 -
MovieFilter: Name this 70s or 80s Sci Fi flick I remember seeing in daycare. There's a hero who has to play a futuristic version of chess/checkers against Sasquach in order to cross a retracting bridge. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on Jul 16, 2006 -