Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

A Bright Torch Shines to Show the Way

John Donne’s “Ascension” captures the paradoxes of the resurrection and ascension.

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Glorify Easter, Not the Crucifixion

Film Friday When Mel Gibson’s The Passion was released in theaters in 2004, Bjorn Krondorfer, my good friend and colleague in the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Religious Studies Department, wrote the following powerful critique of the film.  Bjorn’s article is as relevant today as it was in 2004.  In his view, the film elevates […]

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