Spring 2005

Insight: At First Glance

At First Glance

David Hulme

Things are not always as they first appear. It’s easy to be taken in by outward appearances. 

Messiahs! Rulers and the Role of Religion, Part 1

Men As Gods

David Hulme

It’s a reality with a colorful history dating back to ancient empires: Powerful leaders sometimes fall prey to grand delusions.

In the Depths of Darfur

In the Depths of Darfur

Rebecca Sweat

The UN says the ongoing tragedy in Darfur is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today. Aid workers and analysts talk to Vision about the crisis.

Mary, Mary? Quite the Contrary!

Mary, Mary? Quite the Contrary!

David F. Lloyd

Mary Magdalene has been repainted to conform to modern agendas. But is her new image a truer likeness than the old? 

Christianity's Tangled Roots

Christianity’s Tangled Roots

Peter Nathan

Competing philosophies put pressure on the early Christian church to change its doctrines and practices. One of these contenders was Gnosticism.

The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 21: It Is Finished
The Gospels for the 21st Century, Part 21

“It Is Finished”

David Hulme

Jesus’ death has been interpreted and portrayed in many ways through the ages. Yet the real story is much more powerful than anything art, literature, television or film has had to offer.

This Unstable Earth

This Unstable Earth

Donna Butler

Bill Butler

With the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster still haunting Southeast Asia, Vision looks at other potential trouble spots on the earth’s fragile surface.

The Word on Earthquakes

The Word on Earthquakes

John Meakin

A commonly expressed thought in the wake of natural disasters is that God must be punishing humanity for sin. But where does this belief come from?

Interview with James Tabor: From Jew to Gentile

From Jew to Gentile?

David Hulme

James D. Tabor, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, discusses misconceptions that have surrounded the apostle Paul since mainstream Christianity’s early days.

The Pass Over to Easter

Passover to Easter

Peter Nathan

The establishment of Easter as a key Christian festival is an example of the syncretization of Judeo-Christian and pagan celebrations.

Biography: Polycrates: Unity or Truth

Polycrates: Unity or Truth

Ivor C. Fletcher

Peter Nathan

Early Church leader Polycrates was not afraid to hold fast to his beliefs in the face of persecution.