"My life has been transformed. I don't know why God has blessed me and graced me the way God has. In my own mind, I don't deserve it."
Religion figures prominently in the novels, stories, poems, and essays of the writer some have described as "the last great American man of letters." Read our 2004 piece on John Updike and religion.
The notoriously tough maximum security Sing Sing Prison in New York State is a forbidding place, not where you would expect to find a program offering an accredited master’s degree in professional studies in religion. The course is sponsored by the New York Theological Seminary, and it’s been at Sing Sing for a quarter of a century. More
Walt Whitman believed himself a prophet and regarded Leaves of Grass as scripture. So did his many disciples.
Bob Abernethy, Kim Lawton, E.J. Dionne, and Roland Martin review the religion news of the year past.
You feel the sense of rejection that is very real for people nowadays losing their home, not finding the shelter they want, not finding acceptance, feeling rejected by human beings or by God, by institutions.
Saint Nicholas was known for his generosity and good will. He was so generous that he became known as "the gift giver."
The recent economic debacle should cause us to reread, or perhaps read for the first time, the Christian theological tradition and how it inextricably relates economic exchange to morality (our quest for the good) and to God.