Peacemaking By Martin E. Marty

By Martin E. Marty The Economist’s  (July 5) long headline talks about “Mediation and Faith: Not a Sword, but Peace.”  The subtitle notes that “In some cases, only the religious have the patience to be reconcilers.” The anonymous editors include a couple of cautionary notes, but in the main the story is surprisingly appreciative. It provides … Continue reading “Peacemaking By Martin E. Marty”

The Economy of Relics By Spencer Dew

By Spencer Dew The most discussed aspect of this month’s release of baseball card company Topps’ “Triple Threads Baseball” series is, in fact, not related to baseball at all.  Inserted in a single pack of baseball cards will be a “relic” of President Woodrow Wilson, a so-called “book” card – actually two cards together, which open … Continue reading “The Economy of Relics By Spencer Dew”

Do we really need a Communion? By Robert O’Neill

By Robert O’Neill [Episcopal Life] As the bishops of the worldwide Anglican Communion prepare to gather next month at the Lambeth Conference — a gathering held only once every 10 years — many people are waiting to see if our global Communion of 38 independent churches can remain unified in the face of deep disagreements, … Continue reading “Do we really need a Communion? By Robert O’Neill”

Cheers, not Sneers By Martin E. Marty

By Martin E. Marty The Economist pays more and more attention to religion in world affairs.  This time, “When Religions Talk” (June 14) deals with a topic which is often trivialized or treated with yawns, or, as here, partly faint—I think it is faint—condescension by the unnamed editorial writers.  Why yawns?  Because interfaith talk can be boring, its participants may sometimes be self-important; the hard … Continue reading “Cheers, not Sneers By Martin E. Marty”

Returning to the Gospels By Martin E. Marty

By Martin E. Marty “Public religion,” Sightings’ constant theme, includes “public theology.”  This week The Christian Century (June 12) offers a challenge on that theme from the Anglican Bishop of Durham, N. T. Wright, as noted a New Testament scholar as is being read and heard these days.  The article condenses his lecture last November to the Society of Biblical literature.  He … Continue reading “Returning to the Gospels By Martin E. Marty”