Kindred in mind and spirit, the legendary Christian and Jewish theologians shared a little-known companionship that was as deeply thoughtful as it was affectionate. Ursula Niebuhr commemorates the bond her husband shared with Rabbi Heschel — only preserved now in two letters and fond memory.
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Rather than focusing on what’s beyond the limits of ordinary experience, we might be better served focusing on what’s within.
American politics is caught between two competing ideologies: Nietzsche’s doctrine of strength and power over weakness, and the Judeo-Christian ethics of humility and compassion for the weak. A young theologian seeks to understand American civil religion.
We lost a beloved cultural icon last week, and his life of work has inspired an outpouring of love in music and story. Celebrations of Prince’s life accompany praise for standing up together, in support of our strengths and growth from moments of weakness.
Generations have worshipped him as the King of Folk, but Dylan’s discomfort with the limelight reveals more than mere humility. An examination of the service-oriented theology in the lyrics of a lover of song.
What do the Triune God and jazz music have in common? A South African musician explores jazz through three theological metaphors.
The Buddhist concept of the “beginner’s mind” may offer a way to understand the simple meanings of the Christmas story — and “how can we love one another in ways that midwife their incarnation.”
A hero to some and heretic to others, once more the theologian Hans Küng has sparked much debate in Germany with his recent question, “How long do I want to live?”
Has the word grace fallen out of favor? Anna Deavere Smith’s Conversations on Grace offers a way for us to think of grace as a pluralistic universe and a guide for all of us on the art of dwelling here together, in the polis.
Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he’s able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.
Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered “liberal” simply because he doesn’t fit into “conservative” categories.
Turkish secularism, in contrast to the American experience of secularism that separated religion and the state, excluded religion from the public sphere and aimed to keep it under state control.
What happens when a wise, crusty theologian grounded in Christian realism meets an enterprising, teen pop idol buttered in Christian goodness? Reinhold Bieber, that’s what.
Feminist theologian Carter Heyward inspired this instagram on love.
“I think gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. True gardeners are both iconographers and theologians insofar as these activities are the fruit of prayer ‘without ceasing.'”
I didn’t get up at 4 a.m. today, but I do hope to catch a good bit of the wedding…
First Holy Communion at Our Lady Supporting the Faithful church in Dobczyce, Poland. Photo by Marcin Bajer/Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0…