N. T. Wright on Heaven

Time magazine interviews the Anglican Bishop of Durham, NT scholar NT Wright. In his new book, Surprised by Hope (HarperOne), Wright quotes a children’s book by California first lady Maria Shriver called What’s Heaven, which describes it as “a beautiful place where you can sit on soft clouds and talk… If you’re good throughout your…

Gay Marriage vs. Religious Liberty

Maggie Gallagher, Banned in Boston: The coming conflict between same-sex marriage and religious liberty. To operate in Massachusetts, an adoption agency must be licensed by the state. And to get a license, an agency must pledge to obey state laws barring discrimination–including the decade-old ban on orientation discrimination. With the legalization of gay marriage in…

Pagan Christianity

In Pagan Christianity, George Barna and Frank Viola look at the pagan roots of much of Christian practice. The Ooze has a review. I read it quickly at the bookstore the other day. Some of it is valid–some questionable–and there are major omissions (Sunday, for instance, and eternal hell, and purgatory, etc.). What they want…

Commotion in Canterbury

Many are calling for the resignation of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams after his statement that British law should provide a place for Islamic law, sharia, to be used to settle some disputes between Muslims. His webpage asks, What did the Archbishop actually say? The Archbishop made no proposals for sharia in either the lecture…

Legion of Christ Founder leaves a flawed legacy

Jason Berry writes of the legacy of Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, who died recently in Houston. I wonder, why does no one write of this Houston connection? How long had he been here? How did he spend his days?