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Biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson argues that historical scholarship alone cannot find the living Jesus. Though the study of history can help Christians to becomes responsible readers of the Gospels, engaging Jesus as a literary figure is ultimately a more fruitful exercise for the person of faith. Prof. Johnson also discusses why 14 years after the publication of The Real Jesus, his critique of historical Jesus scholarship, the popularity of John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and other such scholars endures. Read "The Jesus Controversy" from the August 2-9 issue of America.

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In a discussion of his new collection of spiritual writings, the Rev. Virgilio Elizondo describes the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Latino Catholic tradition, and how the story of Mary's appearance can help to bridge the polarizing divide opened by the immigration debate. Father Elizondo, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame who still does pastoral work in his home diocese of San Antonio, also describes the evolution of U.S. Latino theology, including the importance of Galilee in his own study of the life of Jesus.

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