The Christian messiah loves to flaunt that body

I’m looking over the history of Christian art when the deity is naked or nearly naked—and that’s a lot. Jesus is the most naked man in history.


LGBT ICONS

The right wing’s favorite moralist was gay — and died of AIDS?

It’s LGBT History Month and I’m thinking back to a rather dark figure: the right-wing intellectual who launched the culture wars over “Political Correctness.”


Do we need a lesson in comic book history?

Superman is bisexual. Is that news? It was announced by DC Comics on National Coming Out Day, as conservatives shook their heads.


A religion’s sins become visible

Here’s a tough truth: The Bible verses used to establish that God wants men in charge are different in the Greek text than in Christian translations.

detail from: Terry O’Neill, “Raquel Welch On Cross” (1970)

Consider the key verse: 1 Timothy 3:12.


We’re learning more about the classic children’s series

To read the saga of a 19th century pioneer family—or watch the T.V. show—one might not be on alert for ‘queer’ themes.


Short answer: No.

Is it possible for Evangelical churches to throw in the towel on the LGBT wars and be ‘affirming’? Consider the example of EastLake Church in Seattle.


She was an Evangelical Christian who went off-script

Britney Spears was always an Evangelical. Her first concert, age four, was in church. Every aspect of her upbringing was keyed into the religious culture of the time.


Looking at images found in 1932 at Dura-Europos, Syria

The earliest images of Jesus tend to be unknown to Christians—like those found buried in a lost city in Syria called Dura-Europos.

c.1932; Yale Univ. Art Gallery; public domain; colorized

Persians called it ‘Dura’, and to Romans it was ‘Europos’.


Rich Mullins at Cornerstone (Facebook)

Last Sunday was the 24th anniversary of the death on September 19, 1997 of Rich Mullins, the Evangelical singer-songwriter. Many paused to remember the one figure in their religion who didn’t feel completely phony.

Jonathan Poletti

religion. sex. facts.

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