The Apostle Paul was "a conflict-ridden polemicist" who became "the future of an ancient movement of unlettered, agrarian, Semitic-speaking, indigenous Palestinians," writes New Testament scholar Allen Dwight Callahan.
For many poets, believers and nonbelievers alike, it is possible to talk about the religious imagination they bring to apprehending reality and describing the world. Welsh Anglican priest and poet R.S. Thomas, for example, was one of the greatest poets of the absence of God.
Read more of Lucky Severson’s interview about interracial churches with Rice University sociology professor Michael Emerson.
Barry Shelly, Lucy Williams, and Sharon Wright, members of the Church of the Covenant in Boston, talk about same-sex marriage and mainline Protestant denominations. More
Contemporary expressions of the ancient art and craft of stained glass provide a way to encounter God and an interpretation of religious faith, says Florida artist Jim Piercey.
"Foreclosure is a possibility and something we are concerned about," says Rev. Jane Galloway of Long Beach, California. "If we are unable to make our mortgage payment on time, the default process can be filed and a foreclosure proceeding could begin."
Read more of Judy Valente’s interview about Thomas Merton with Paul Pearson, director and archivist at Bellarmine University’s Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Read more of Judy Valente’s interview about Thomas Merton with Brother Paul Quenon at Gethsemani Abbey.
Read excerpts from THOMAS MERTON: A LIFE IN LETTERS: The Essential Collection edited by Willam H. Shannon and Christian M. Bochen
View a slideshow of Thomas Merton images.