The second in a series of interfaith dialogues sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Projects in Fargo-Moorhead features a discussion of â€œThree Views of Jesus: Muslim, Christian and Jewish.â€ Panelists are Dr. Ahmed Kamel (Sunni Muslim), the Rev. Sue Koesterman (ELCA Lutheran) and Dr. David Myers (Reform Jew). The discussion is 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Community Room of the Fargo Public Library, main branch at 102 3rd St. N. For more information, call (701) 388-7368.
Controversial biblical scholar and Jesus Seminar co-founder John Dominic Crossan spoke at Concordia last November, addressing the topic â€œJesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”
Like Crossan himself, the Jesus Seminar has been controversial among Christians. Its participantsÂ voted on the historic authenticity of sayings and events attributed to Jesus in the New Testament Gospels. Their work flew in the face of more traditional interpretative methodology and raised hackles.
The Religion News Service recently conducted an interview with the former Roman Catholic priest. Here’s an excerpt:
“Q: You call the Lordâ€™s Prayer Christianityâ€™s â€œgreatest prayer,â€ but also say it can be prayed by followers of all religions. Why would non-Christians recite it?
“A: Any religionâ€™s greatest prayers should be addressed to the whole world. If a prayer only speaks to you, thatâ€™s fine. But I would like to hear you speaking to all of us. The Lordâ€™s Prayer is the greatest because it comes from the heart of Judaism and the lips of Christianityâ€”but speaks to the conscience of the world”
“Q: You also call it Christianityâ€™s â€œstrangestâ€ prayer.
“A: Ask a Christian whatâ€™s the most important things about Christianity, and see if you find those in the Lordâ€™s Prayer. When Christians emphasize whatâ€™s most important for them, itâ€™s usually not in the Lordâ€™s Prayer, and they almost never mention that â€œgive us this day our daily breadâ€ means exactly thatâ€”that everyone has a right to the material basis of life. Itâ€™s â€œstrangeâ€ in that thereâ€™s a huge discrepancy between what most people think Christianity is really about and what Jesus thinks Christianity is really about.”
Ballet Magnificat! tells the story of the Israelitesâ€™ deliverance from bondage in Egypt through dance in their production of â€œDeliver Us!â€ It also offers a â€œglimpse of another deliverer: Jesus Christ.â€
The performance is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bethel Church, 2702 30th Ave. S. in Fargo. Tickets are $10. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
For more information, call (701) 232-4476.
From a Christianity Today cover story:
“Welcome to the world of hipster Christianity. It’s a world where things like the Left Behind book and film series, Jesus fish bumper stickers, and door-to-door evangelism are relevant only as a source of irony or nostalgia. It’s a world where Braveheart youth-pastor analogies are anathema, where everyone agrees that they wish Pat Robertson “weren’t one of us” and shares a collective distaste for the art of Thomas Kinkade.”
Read the story: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/september/9.24.html