Frederick Buechner is an ordained Presbyterian minister, but has never pastored a church and rarely attends one. His ministry is his writing: 32 novels and memoirs so far, and some sermons, as a guest preacher, many of which are in a new book, SECRETS IN THE DARK. For many Christians he's a celebrity, but Buechner feels that seeking ordination is the worst possible career move for a writer.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's David E. Anderson reviews GILEAD, a novel by Marilynne Robinson.
Rabbi Harold Kushner is well-known for his 1981 book WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE. Recently, Rabbi Kushner wrote a meditation on the 23rd Psalm called THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. Rabbi Kushner affirms that the 23rd Psalm answers the question, how do you live in a dangerous and unpredictable world?
The John Templeton Foundation's Templeton Prize honors any living individual, regardless of profession or background, who has made significant strides in the study of science and religion. In 2002, distinguished mathematical physicist and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne was the recipient of the prize, nearly a million dollars, that he contributed towards further spiritual research and work.
As a writer and editor, Phyllis Tickle’s life on the road can be crowded and public. At home, in the midst of her writing and in the midst of whatever else is happening, every three hours every day Phyllis’ watch beeps. She stops what she’s doing, picks up her Breviary, her book of daily readings, goes to a quiet place and prays.