If Not Marriage, What Is “At the Heart of the Gospel?”

So, to complete the thought that ended yesterday’s post, is Union University president “Dub” Oliver right that “marriage is at the heart of the Gospel?” I don’t think so, and neither does theologian Kyle Roberts: The conservative Christian rhetoric about “biblical marriage” has, for quite a while now, struck me as close to idolatrous if … More If Not Marriage, What Is “At the Heart of the Gospel?”

Francis and Augustine

As I wrote in my second post inspired by the election of a new pope, there’s been much parsing of the choice of the name Francis. In a meeting with global media Saturday at which he called for a “poor church for the poor,” the pontiff himself confirmed the widespread assumption that he took the … More Francis and Augustine

That Was The Day That Was: Pope Benedict’s Resignation

Yesterday’s surprising announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of this month inspired all sorts of commentary. Rather than try to make room for it all in my standard “That Was The Week That Was” links post on Saturday, we’ll give some of those links their own post: • Washington Post foreign … More That Was The Day That Was: Pope Benedict’s Resignation