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”

Trinity News on Empathy: Do You Know What It’s Like to Be Me?

For a World of Good By the Rev. James H. Cooper, Rector Lose Yourself: The Theology of Empathy By Nathan Brockman Why empathy? Editor Nathan Brockman explores the theology behind the experience. Enter My World By Daniel J. Marquez A letter from prison. Biblical Proportions Two writers find empathy in the Bible. The first, in … Continue reading “Trinity News on Empathy: Do You Know What It’s Like to Be Me?”

Differentism By Martin E. Marty

By Martin E. Marty “Women Blaze an Interfaith Trail:  Two teachers become first Jewish female and first Muslim female to receive advanced degrees from Catholic Theological Union,” and “She’s First Jewish Graduate of Catholic Theological Union” were headlines in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times on May 15.  These are local news items, but they represent trends that are growing in … Continue reading “Differentism By Martin E. Marty”

Polemics in Cyberspace by Adam Darlage

by  Adam Darlage The invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century has been credited by Reformation scholars as an important factor behind the success of sixteenth-century Church reformers.  The impact of the new technology was nowhere more apparent than in the career of Martin Luther.  In the aftermath of the indulgence controversy of 1517 that … Continue reading “Polemics in Cyberspace by Adam Darlage”

Decline by Martin E. Marty

By  Martin E. Marty Papal trips, presidential campaigns, polygamist-raids, and other events that warrant billboard-sized headlines are easy enough to sight for Sightings, but they block out the vision of smaller-appearing events that, taken together, add up to portentous or promising trends.  The portentous were most apparent this week, as headlines like these on Friday, April 25, … Continue reading “Decline by Martin E. Marty”