Essays & Reviews

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 1:39pm

By Mark Harris
Haiti is more than Port-au-Prince, more than the earthquake of 2010, more than “the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” more than a place that needs our help.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 2:52pm

By Nicholas Porter and Dawn Stegelmann
Much to our delight and surprise, and with the enthusiastic support of our vestry and parishioners, we encountered numerous people of faith who welcomed the opportunity to receive ashes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 2:11pm

“Ashes to go” is the relatively recent ecclesiastical fad of offering Ash Wednesday ashes to people on the street. The notion of taking the church to the people can be offered as a rationale for this behavior, but it hardly rises to the level of an adequate defense.

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 9:56am

The Tree of Life is nominated for three Academy Awards (best picture, best director, and best cinematography). It is also a film very few Episcopalians have seen. This strikes me as odd, particularly in light of the director’s background.

Mark Noll at Notre Dame University
Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12:00am

The idea that in some sense Jesus saves not only us but the world by his substitutionary sacrificial suffering has, for Mark Noll, implications for the practice of scholarship, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 6:39am

By Boyd Wright
If God granted the prayers of one side and denied the others, did he consider the North right and moral and the South wrong and evil? Abraham Lincoln, for one, refused to believe this.

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:24am

By Worth E. Norman, Jr.
Probably no one else in the history of the Diocese of Virginia served the church in as many critical positions as T. Grayson Dashiell did over his career.

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 5:30am

Charleston David Wilson writes: “Emersonian wisdom, writ large in society at the moment, says: ‘Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.’ This is hot air, plain and simple.”

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 5:26am

In Harvesting the Fruits, Walter Cardinal Kasper, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity from 1999 and its president from 2001 to 2010, reflects on the achievements and challenges of over 40 years of formal dialogue with Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, and Reformed.

Friday, January 6, 2012 - 5:14am

By Nigel A. Renton
In June the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s weblog began listing names of folk to be considered for the latest iteration of the Episcopal Church’s Sanctoral Calendar (Holy Women, Holy Men, in trial use during this triennium). The list neglected a worthy nominee in Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in September 1961.

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