Contributors: Apr. 8, 1996

RICHARD N. OSTLING is well aware of the pitfalls of reporting on people's faith, having kept TIME readers abreast of developments in religion for more than two decades. "Given the deep passions it stirs, it's a newsmagazine's most treacherous field," says Ostling, who has written or reported 38 TIME cover stories on religious topics and won most of the major religious journalism honors (including the prestigious Templeton Award). Nothing stirs up passions like Bible scholarship, he adds, which makes this week's cover story about Jesus particularly tricky--and timely. "Ignorance among younger Americans is so sweeping," says Ostling, "that our culture is...

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