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October 2nd, 2013
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5 questions for NBA star Jeremy Lin

(CNN) - It was only a year and a half ago that a phenomenon swept the globe and made basketball fans a little, well, "Linsane."

Remember that? Back then, Jeremy Lin led a historic New York Knicks winning streak, dubbed "Linsanity." Crowds fell for the feel-good story of an overlooked bench-warmer who slept on friends' sofas to take a shot in the NBA.

A new documentary takes a look at the life of Jeremy Lin before the madness.

"Linsanity," out in select theaters October 4, offers a glimpse of Lin's road to stardom: He was a standout basketball player in summer leagues, competed in a tightly contested high school state championship and faced racial epithets as an Ivy League athlete before landing, undrafted, in the professional league.

From the documentary, it's clear the 25-year-old Lin was used to being an underdog, and overcame his share of challenges with a deep faith and persistent spirit.

"I'm always trying to have a good time, joking around, goofy," he said. "I think I try not to take anything really too seriously."

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- CNN Belief Blog Editor

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  1. Nobel

    Jeremy Lin, a positive role model!

    October 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
  2. Houston Rockets

    Great questions to Lin on his faith, looks like Lin is passionate about his love for God, his game and life in general.

    Great article! Thanks for posting!

    October 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk

    Bible Fun Fact:
    Are you female? Have you ever engaged in premarital s.ex? Even if you're married now, did you have s.ex even once before you were married? Maybe when you were a teenager or your early twenties? 98% of American women have. Do you know what the bible says is the punishment for such wh.orish behavior? Let's check and see:

    "But if this thing be true, and the tokens of v.irginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the wh.ore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you." (Deuteronomy 22: 20-21)

    Well, looks like we must drag the non-virgin woman to her father's doorstep and there, with help from the whole town, stone her to death. Sorry 98% of women, Yahweh says you have to die. I'm guessing you're going to Hell, too. (Please note this punishment does not apply to men who do the exact same thing.)

    I bet that last 2% of women left after we stone the rest to death will be right popular with the fellas.

    October 3, 2013 at 1:36 am |
    • Atheist, me?

      You left out the part about the husband deciding to accuse his wife. If you don't complain she is a virgin!

      October 8, 2013 at 3:04 am |
  4. Bootyfunk

    jeremy lin seems like a nice guy. too bad he got suckered in by the christian cult.

    October 3, 2013 at 1:20 am |
  5. Apple Bush

    sweet smelling flowers roam the sidewalks
    while big bellied dandelions platoon;

    the spring rains are falling a funny tune at the expense
    of a funny man;

    stepping on and off the curb, looking a bit bored;
    eyes up and shoes flexed for the sprint

    suddenly bright sun elbows its way between two clouds;
    a funny man flaps his ready feat into a small puddle and smiles

    the sun was sweet;
    it tasted warm on his tongue and eye lids

    a funny man went for swim;
    flippers flipping and arms waving his funny man water ballet

    October 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
  6. Age of Reason

    ...an excellent web site is http://www.exposingchristianity.com

    Jesus was myth who NEVER existed and do not believe in him!

    October 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • No

      that site is crap.

      October 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
      • Age of Reason

        ...why?....Because it hits a raw nerve in the sense that this "jesus" was nothing but mythical construct!
        "jesus" claims he will answer prayers? No one's prayers in history have ever been answered!
        He claimed he would return........He hasn't been heard nor seen since!
        another site is http://www.debunkingchristianity.com.

        October 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
        • M MURDOCH

          lol

          October 3, 2013 at 1:13 am |
      • HotAirAce

        Is it more or less crap than the crap found in The Babble?

        October 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      there is no good evidence jesus was not just a figure of myth, much like hercules. christians hate that fact. wanting jesus to be real doesn't make it so.

      October 3, 2013 at 1:18 am |
  7. MURRAY

    WHY IS THIS IN THE RELIGION SECIOTON? I WAS JUST WONTERING SINCE I DO NOT KNOW WHY COME.

    October 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • sam stone

      it's a belief blog, not a religious one

      October 3, 2013 at 4:24 am |
    • Turn off your caps lock, Murray.

       

      October 3, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • My Dog is a jealous Dog

      Despite your keyboard and grammar skills, I agree – the interview had nothing to do about religion until CNN brought it up. This belongs more in the sports column than here – come on Daniel Burke, you have to be able to find a more compelling topic.

      Why come – indeed!

      October 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
  8. This Blogger Has Expired.

    .

    October 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • will

      i once dared to build a sand castle so high that when ascended it would render people as ants with clothes on who walked upright.

      i grew lonesome

      October 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  9. Atheist

    I was thinking about setting ranks for people on this forum, depending on how many posts you have. There are lots of fun and creative ways we could go with this, gang! Here's one system to start us off.

    0 posts = Newbie
    500 posts = Regular
    1000 posts = Familiar Face
    10000 posts = Veteran
    20000 posts = Expert

    Let's hear some of your own!!!

    October 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • craig

      0 posts = gay
      however many posts craig has = cool

      October 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Murray

      0 POSTS = CUP OF WATER
      500 POSTS = CUP OF WATER W/ A SPRINKLE OF SUGAR
      1000 POSTS = CUP OF WATER W/ A HANDFUL OF SUGAR
      10000 POSTS = DIET SODER POP
      20000 POSTS = SODER POP

      October 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Atheist, sounds fun, but it would be cool if stupid CNN would make us log in so we can't copy names and then you could use like a star system like Ebay.

      October 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
      • craig

        gay

        October 2, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          people who call things "gay" are ignorant.

          October 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
        • craig

          f
          a
          g

          October 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Ok, I will give you that it is:
        g
        a
        y
        But NOT gay.

        They should have logins though, and maximum characters.

        October 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Roger that

      20000 posts = Needs to get a job.

      October 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        HeavenSent level = needs to get a new couch cushion

        October 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
      • FACTS

        30500 posts = TYPICAL INTERNET ATHEIST

        October 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  10. Lionly Lamb
    October 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  11. Apple Bush

    At first glance, this article doesn't really seem to be about religion, but then I read,

    "I'm always trying to have a good time, joking around, goofy," he said. "I think I try not to take anything really too seriously."

    That is when I realized it was definitely about religion.

    October 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • Athy

      Good one! That clue is tough to miss.

      October 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        I prefer Shakespeare Drew. But to each his own.

        October 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          down there...I meant. you know.

          October 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Drew Parkins

      The scripture verses Lin quoted from the book of Romans are exceptional.

      October 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • doobzz

        Exceptional crap. Glorifying suffering as a gift, just like that horrid old hag did in Calcutta.

        October 3, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Hey, what's up Athy. How is your day?

      October 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • Athy

        Good, thank you. And yours?

        October 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Outstanding thank you!

          October 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Hi Apple...

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_2IdybTV0&w=640&h=390]

      October 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        How are you Mr. Lamb, you crazy old fuck. I love that song.

        October 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
        • Doris

          I still like the first two albums the best.

          October 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          I'm doing just fine Apple... And you..?

          [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqRZPY1DZR4&w=640&h=390]

          October 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ&w=640&h=390]

          October 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Doing quite well thank you LL! Thanks.

        October 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  12. Reality # 2

    One wonders if his time spent on Christianity would be better spent practicing his basketball skills considering that Christianity is a waste of time and easily replaced by three words: Do No Harm.

    October 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
    • H Lewis

      Why do you think it is a waste of time? Give one good reason why it is harmful?

      October 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
      • Really?

        Let's start with Prop 8 and DOMA, just for fun....

        October 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
        • O'Really

          Why, what is so harmful about traditional marriage?

          October 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
        • tallulah13

          How does same-sex marriage threaten your "traditional" marriage? Be honest. And back it up with fact, not your emotions or words from your bible.

          October 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • Responding to the Pride

      Instead of "Do No Harm", why not pick up where the New Testament... love (i.e. help) your neighbor and your enemy...instead of just not hurting anyone, actually helping someone.

      October 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
      • Responding to the Pride

        Lets finish that thought: .....where the Newt Testament left off...

        October 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Do No Harm.

      You've just failed at living by your own standard.

      October 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      For starters- the waste of Easter:

      Saving Christians from the Infamous Resurrection Con/

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15: 14, Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors (e.g.Notre Dame, Catholic U, Georgetown) of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology professor’s grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke records it. (Luke mentions it in his gospel and Acts, i.e. a single attestation and therefore historically untenable). The Ascension ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers.

      The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN.HTM

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,

      p.4

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      p.168. by Ted Peters:

      Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones"? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, covered with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      October 2, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
      • M MURDOCH

        lol

        October 3, 2013 at 1:07 am |
      • sam stone

        Well, obviously he didn't exist. there isn't the slightest bit of evidence to suggest he lived. No one that we know of wrote any thing about him. How absurd to waste time discussing him. He isn't worth the time of day. People are sick. You cannot persuade deluded morons that their fantasies are just that? What a waste of time. Leave them to the medical world. Trying to convince the insane that they are insane is insane, you idiots!

        October 3, 2013 at 11:04 am |
        • Reality # 2

          We thought we sent this information to sam s a few times already but just in case he missed it:

          From Professors Crossan and Watts' book, Who is Jesus.

          "That Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, as the Creed states, is as certain as anything historical can ever be.

          “ The Jewish historian, Josephus and the pagan historian Tacitus both agree that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea. And is very hard to imagine that Jesus' followers would have invented such a story unless it indeed happened.

          “While the brute fact that of Jesus' death by crucifixion is historically certain, however, those detailed narratives in our present gospels are much more problematic. "

          “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety.

          I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

          See also Professor Crossan's reviews of the existence of Jesus in his other books especially, The Historical Jesus and also Excavating Jesus (with Professor Jonathan Reed doing the archeology discussion) .

          Other NT exegetes to include members of the Jesus Seminar have published similar books with appropriate supporting references.

          Part of Crossan's The Historical Jesus has been published online at books.google.com/books.

          There is also a search engine for this book on the right hand side of the opening page. e.g. Search Josephus

          See also Wikipedia's review on the historical Jesus to include the Tacitus' reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.

          From ask.com,

          "One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form, though many of his earlier writings were lost to time. Tacitus is known for being generally reliable (if somewhat biased toward what he saw as Roman immorality) and for having a uniquely direct (if not blunt) writing style.

          Then there are these scriptural references:

          Crucifixion of Jesus:(1) 1 Cor 15:3b; (2a) Gos. Pet. 4:10-5:16,18-20; 6:22; (2b) Mark 15:22-38 = Matt 27:33-51a = Luke 23:32-46; (2c) John 19:17b-25a,28-36; (3) Barn. 7:3-5; (4a) 1 Clem. 16:3-4 (=Isaiah 53:1-12); (4b) 1 Clem. 16.15-16 (=Psalm 22:6-8); (5a) Ign. Mag. 11; (5b) Ign. Trall. 9:1b; (5c) Ign. Smyrn. 1.2.- (read them all at wiki.faithfutures. Crucifixion org/index.php/005_Crucifixion_Of_Jesus )

          Added suggested readings:

          o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.

          2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
          – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

          30-60 CE Passion Narrative
          40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
          50-60 1 Thessalonians
          50-60 Philippians
          50-60 Galatians
          50-60 1 Corinthians
          50-60 2 Corinthians
          50-60 Romans
          50-60 Philemon
          50-80 Colossians
          50-90 Signs Gospel
          50-95 Book of Hebrews
          50-120 Didache
          50-140 Gospel of Thomas
          50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
          50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
          65-80 Gospel of Mark
          70-100 Epistle of James
          70-120 Egerton Gospel
          70-160 Gospel of Peter
          70-160 Secret Mark
          70-200 Fayyum Fragment
          70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
          73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
          80-100 2 Thessalonians
          80-100 Ephesians
          80-100 Gospel of Matthew
          80-110 1 Peter
          80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
          80-130 Gospel of Luke
          80-130 Acts of the Apostles
          80-140 1 Clement
          80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
          80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
          80-250 Christian Sibyllines
          90-95 Apocalypse of John
          90-120 Gospel of John
          90-120 1 John
          90-120 2 John
          90-120 3 John
          90-120 Epistle of Jude
          93 Flavius Josephus
          100-150 1 Timothy
          100-150 2 Timothy
          100-150 T-itus
          100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
          100-150 Secret Book of James
          100-150 Preaching of Peter
          100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
          100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
          100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
          100-160 2 Peter

           4. Jesus Database, http://www.faithfutures.o-rg/JDB/intro.html –"The JESUS DATABASE is an online a-nnotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
          5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bis-sar24.htm
          6. The Jesus Seminar, http://en.wikipedia.o-rg/wiki/Jesus_Seminar
          7. http://www.biblicalartifacts.com/items/785509/item785509biblicalartifacts.html – books on the health and illness during the time of the NT
          8. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
          9.The Gn-ostic Jesus
          (Part One in a Two-Part Series on A-ncient and Modern G-nosticism)
          by Douglas Gro-othuis: http://www.equip.o-rg/articles/g-nosticism-and-the-g-nostic-jesus/
          10. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
          Presented on March 18, 1994
          ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
          11. The Jesus Database- newer site:
          wiki.faithfutures.o-rg/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
          12. Jesus Database with the example of S-u-pper and Eucharist:
          faithfutures.o-rg/JDB/jdb016.html
          13. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
          mtio.com/articles/bis-sar24.htm
          13. http://www.textweek.com/mtlk/jesus.htmm- Historical Jesus Studies
          14. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/
          15. D-iseases in the Bible:
          http://books.google.com/books/about/The_d-iseases_of_the_Bible.html?id=C1YZAAAAYAAJ

          16. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
          theologians, ethics, etc.
          religion-online.o-rg/

           17. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/
          18. Writing the New Testament- e-xisting copies, o-ral tradition etc.
          ntgateway.com/
          19. JD Crossan's c-onclusions about the a-uthencity of most of the NT based on the above plus the c-onclusions of other NT e-xege-tes in the last 200 years:
          http://wiki.faithfutures.o-rg/index.p-hp?t-itle=Crossan_Inventory
          20. Early Jewish Writings- Josephus and his books by t-itle with the complete translated work in English :earlyjewishwritings.com/josephus.html
          21. Luke and Josephus- was there a c-onnection?
          in-fidels.o-rg/library/modern/richard_carrier/lukeandjosephus.html
          22. NT and beyond time line:
          pbs.o-rg/empires/pe-terandpaul/history/timeline/
          23. St. Paul's Time line with discussion of important events:
          harvardhouse.com/prophetictech/new/pauls_life.htm
          24. See http://www.amazon.com for a list of JD Crossan's books and those of the other Jesus Seminarians: Reviews of said books are included and selected pages can now be viewed on Amazon. Some books can be found on-line at Google Books.
          25. Father Edward Schillebeeckx's words of wisdom as found in his books.
          27. The books of the following : Professors Gerd Ludemann, Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.
          28. Father Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.
          29. Luke Timothy Johnson's book The Real Jesus .

          October 3, 2013 at 11:36 am |
        • o maggie

          lol

          October 4, 2013 at 7:13 am |
        • o maggie

          we did? lol! doofus

          Reality # 2

          We thought we sent this information to sam s a few times already but just in case he missed it:

          From Professors Crossan and Watts' book, Who is Jesus.

          "That Jesus was crucified under Pontius Pilate, as the Creed states, is as certain as anything historical can ever be.

          “ The Jewish historian, Josephus and the pagan historian Tacitus both agree that Jesus was executed by order of the Roman governor of Judea. And is very hard to imagine that Jesus' followers would have invented such a story unless it indeed happened.

          “While the brute fact that of Jesus' death by crucifixion is historically certain, however, those detailed narratives in our present gospels are much more problematic. "

          “My best historical reconstruction would be something like this. Jesus was arrested during the Passover festival, most likely in response to his action in the Temple. Those who were closest to him ran away for their own safety.

          I do not presume that there were any high-level confrontations between Caiaphas and Pilate and Herod Antipas either about Jesus or with Jesus. No doubt they would have agreed before the festival that fast action was to be taken against any disturbance and that a few examples by crucifixion might be especially useful at the outset. And I doubt very much if Jewish police or Roman soldiers needed to go too far up the chain of command in handling a Galilean peasant like Jesus. It is hard for us to imagine the casual brutality with which Jesus was probably taken and executed. All those "last week" details in our gospels, as distinct from the brute facts just mentioned, are prophecy turned into history, rather than history remembered."

          See also Professor Crossan's reviews of the existence of Jesus in his other books especially, The Historical Jesus and also Excavating Jesus (with Professor Jonathan Reed doing the archeology discussion) .

          Other NT exegetes to include members of the Jesus Seminar have published similar books with appropriate supporting references.

          Part of Crossan's The Historical Jesus has been published online at books.google.com/books.

          There is also a search engine for this book on the right hand side of the opening page. e.g. Search Josephus

          See also Wikipedia's review on the historical Jesus to include the Tacitus' reference to the crucifixion of Jesus.

          From ask.com,

          "One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form, though many of his earlier writings were lost to time. Tacitus is known for being generally reliable (if somewhat biased toward what he saw as Roman immorality) and for having a uniquely direct (if not blunt) writing style.

          Then there are these scriptural references:

          Crucifixion of Jesus:(1) 1 Cor 15:3b; (2a) Gos. Pet. 4:10-5:16,18-20; 6:22; (2b) Mark 15:22-38 = Matt 27:33-51a = Luke 23:32-46; (2c) John 19:17b-25a,28-36; (3) Barn. 7:3-5; (4a) 1 Clem. 16:3-4 (=Isaiah 53:1-12); (4b) 1 Clem. 16.15-16 (=Psalm 22:6-8); (5a) Ign. Mag. 11; (5b) Ign. Trall. 9:1b; (5c) Ign. Smyrn. 1.2.- (read them all at wiki.faithfutures. Crucifixion org/index.php/005_Crucifixion_Of_Jesus )

          Added suggested readings:

          o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.

          2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
          – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

          30-60 CE Passion Narrative
          40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
          50-60 1 Thessalonians
          50-60 Philippians
          50-60 Galatians
          50-60 1 Corinthians
          50-60 2 Corinthians
          50-60 Romans
          50-60 Philemon
          50-80 Colossians
          50-90 Signs Gospel
          50-95 Book of Hebrews
          50-120 Didache
          50-140 Gospel of Thomas
          50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
          50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
          65-80 Gospel of Mark
          70-100 Epistle of James
          70-120 Egerton Gospel
          70-160 Gospel of Peter
          70-160 Secret Mark
          70-200 Fayyum Fragment
          70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
          73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
          80-100 2 Thessalonians
          80-100 Ephesians
          80-100 Gospel of Matthew
          80-110 1 Peter
          80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
          80-130 Gospel of Luke
          80-130 Acts of the Apostles
          80-140 1 Clement
          80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
          80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
          80-250 Christian Sibyllines
          90-95 Apocalypse of John
          90-120 Gospel of John
          90-120 1 John
          90-120 2 John
          90-120 3 John
          90-120 Epistle of Jude
          93 Flavius Josephus
          100-150 1 Timothy
          100-150 2 Timothy
          100-150 T-itus
          100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
          100-150 Secret Book of James
          100-150 Preaching of Peter
          100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
          100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
          100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
          100-160 2 Peter

           4. Jesus Database, http://www.faithfutures.o-rg/JDB/intro.html –"The JESUS DATABASE is an online a-nnotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
          5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bis-sar24.htm
          6. The Jesus Seminar, http://en.wikipedia.o-rg/wiki/Jesus_Seminar
          7. http://www.biblicalartifacts.com/items/785509/item785509biblicalartifacts.html – books on the health and illness during the time of the NT
          8. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
          9.The Gn-ostic Jesus
          (Part One in a Two-Part Series on A-ncient and Modern G-nosticism)
          by Douglas Gro-othuis: http://www.equip.o-rg/articles/g-nosticism-and-the-g-nostic-jesus/
          10. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
          Presented on March 18, 1994
          ewtn.com/library/CURIA/PBCINTER.HTM#2
          11. The Jesus Database- newer site:
          wiki.faithfutures.o-rg/index.php?t-itle=Jesus_Database
          12. Jesus Database with the example of S-u-pper and Eucharist:
          faithfutures.o-rg/JDB/jdb016.html
          13. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
          mtio.com/articles/bis-sar24.htm
          13. http://www.textweek.com/mtlk/jesus.htmm- Historical Jesus Studies
          14. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/
          15. D-iseases in the Bible:
          http://books.google.com/books/about/The_d-iseases_of_the_Bible.html?id=C1YZAAAAYAAJ

          16. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
          theologians, ethics, etc.
          religion-online.o-rg/

           17. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/
          18. Writing the New Testament- e-xisting copies, o-ral tradition etc.
          ntgateway.com/
          19. JD Crossan's c-onclusions about the a-uthencity of most of the NT based on the above plus the c-onclusions of other NT e-xege-tes in the last 200 years:
          http://wiki.faithfutures.o-rg/index.p-hp?t-itle=Crossan_Inventory
          20. Early Jewish Writings- Josephus and his books by t-itle with the complete translated work in English :earlyjewishwritings.com/josephus.html
          21. Luke and Josephus- was there a c-onnection?
          in-fidels.o-rg/library/modern/richard_carrier/lukeandjosephus.html
          22. NT and beyond time line:
          pbs.o-rg/empires/pe-terandpaul/history/timeline/
          23. St. Paul's Time line with discussion of important events:
          harvardhouse.com/prophetictech/new/pauls_life.htm
          24. See http://www.amazon.com for a list of JD Crossan's books and those of the other Jesus Seminarians: Reviews of said books are included and selected pages can now be viewed on Amazon. Some books can be found on-line at Google Books.
          25. Father Edward Schillebeeckx's words of wisdom as found in his books.
          27. The books of the following : Professors Gerd Ludemann, Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.
          28. Father Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.
          29. Luke Timothy Johnson's book The Real Jesus .

          r u always an idiot or just when u hope 2 impress others brighter and better educated than u?

          October 4, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  13. Shout out to Lin!

    God bless!

    October 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  14. Elisha

    How do you balance the two roles as a compet itive player, and a faithful Christian

    Must be tough,indeed!

    October 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • NT

      Romans 5 :3-5
      Romans 8:28

      October 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • Preach it, brother!

        Amen & Amen!

        October 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
      • #17

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF6fhyk7Cso&w=640&h=390]

        October 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Doobs

      Hey bald head, go up the mountain!

      October 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
      • Terrance

        Hey granny, how u doin?

        October 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
        • doobzz

          Watch out, little boy, or I'll send some bears to kill you.

          October 3, 2013 at 11:15 am |
        • Terrance

          Yo grannie, Your chronological age is significantly higher than your mental age.

          October 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  15. Honey Badger Don't Care

    OK, this story has NOTHING to do with religion at all. It must be the easiest job in the world to be a CNN Belief Blog editor. Great job Daniel Burke!!

    October 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I know right. Don't you just hate it when people post stuff on the belief blog that isn't about belief?

      October 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • Doobs

        Boof Deacon thinks he made a funny. No, Boof, we're not laughing with you.

        October 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • Doobs

      Let's see, he's got a movie coming out, and CNN interviews him. In part of the interview, they ask about his "faith" and he talks about being nice to fans and refs, working hard, and quotes the bible.

      I smell a Pulitzer.

      October 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
    • Really?

      This one is really a stretch...belongs over on the bleacher report or something.

      But anything with the word god in it gets stuck over here so long as one whole day goes by that the Pope isn't scaring fundies....

      October 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Roger that

      Not too loud or he'll throw in another pope story.

      October 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  16. midwest rail

    A total of 66 responses, many of which are yours, indicates your post is false. As usual.

    October 3, 2013 at 8:10 am |
  17. sam stone

    gee, someone else is hijacking my screen name. i wonder who THAT could be

    October 3, 2013 at 8:31 am |
  18. sam stone

    the golden rule?

    threaten lawsuits endlessly?

    October 3, 2013 at 8:34 am |
  19. midwest rail

    'Tis a mystery for sure.

    October 3, 2013 at 8:37 am |
  20. Jericho

    Yes, as she slams people endlessly, breaking the 8th Commandment by stealing, and then acts like she's the persecuted one by whining that she's going to suuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeee. What a freaking hypocrite.

    October 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm |

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