religion http://wesa.fm en Reza Aslan on The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth http://wesa.fm/post/reza-aslan-life-times-jesus-nazareth <p>Religious scholar and best-selling author, <a href="http://rezaaslan.com/">Reza Aslan </a>challenges many long-held assumptions about the leader of the Christian religion in his book <em>Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth</em>.</p><p>He has received criticism for his frank examination of the 1st century Jewish leader because he does not paint Jesus as a celestial “deity on earth.”</p><p>Instead, Aslan has illustrated the political and social importance of his life. “When you’re ushering in the rule of God, you’re ushering out the rule of Caesar,” he explains. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:38:18 +0000 Katie Blackley 16426 at http://wesa.fm Reza Aslan on The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora http://wesa.fm/post/black-gold-devotion-and-steeler-fan-diaspora <p>For Steelers fans living outside the city, it isn’t hard to find a nearby <a href="http://www.steelerbars.com/">Steelers bar</a>. But with more than 700 in the United States, Pittsburgh devotees can connect across the country to cheer on the iconic football franchise.</p><p>This diaspora of fans grew out of the economic decline of the 1970s and '80s when many Pittsburghers had to leave the city to find jobs.</p><p>But as PRX reporter <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/90102-steeler-nation/floating_piece">Lauren Ober</a> observes, “You can leave Pittsburgh, but the black and gold never leaves you.”</p><p><strong>Black and Gold Religion </strong></p><p>From wrapping newborns in Terrible Towels to black and gold wedding cakes, Steelers fans are notorious for their <a href="http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/3631">passionate devotion</a>. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:02 +0000 Katie Blackley 16051 at http://wesa.fm Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora Social Issues at the Top of Agenda for Gathering of Lutherans in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/social-issues-top-agenda-gathering-lutherans-pittsburgh <p>More than 3,000 people are gathering in Pittsburgh for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America biennial church-wide assembly.</p><p>Each time the group meets, it releases a statement on a specific social issue.</p><p>“(This year) we will be considering a proposed social statement called ‘The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries,’ said Kurt Kusserow, bishop of the local synod. "This is a social statement that tries to understand both the experience of victims in our criminal justice system and the justice system itself.”</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:49:31 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14192 at http://wesa.fm Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith http://wesa.fm/post/lewis-tolkien-and-true-myths-faith <p>Steve Tuell&nbsp;studies Hebrew and the Old Testament at the <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pts.edu%2Ftuells&amp;ei=qo_FUdb0OcnI0QG_6IGgBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNF_QZ1AAi7Dije1q_QsdgCvIZWSZA&amp;sig2=ZGjpuFewp9lGvsoBZkl3uQ&amp;bvm=bv.48293060,d.dmQ">Pittsburgh Theological Seminary</a>. As a theologian and a scholar of ancient languages, he has a special appreciation for the fantasy fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 11880 at http://wesa.fm Lewis, Tolkien and the 'True Myths' of Faith