A must read article in the March issue of The Atlantic is Paul Elie’s “The Velvet Revolution.” It’s about the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams who…
At a time when Christianity is twisted into a pretzel over the issue of homosexuality, Rowan Williams—alone among the top Christian leaders—is trying to carry on a conversation about it. His approach has been quixotic, at times baffling. But the long-term goal seems clear: to enable the church he leads to become fully open to gays and lesbians without breaking apart.
While many American Episcopalians think Williams a bit too conservative, you may think differently about him after reading the article. I love these words of Williams as a start in thinking about what Christianity should be.
Christian faith has its beginnings in an experience of profound contradictoriness. [So the church should proclaim] a hidden God, who does not uncover his will in a straight line of development, but fully enters into a world of confusion and ambiguity and works in contradictions.
- A bit of humor to start. “Although it was promised that the Meek shall inherit the Earth, there appear to have been some delays fulfilling this aspiration.”
- Joshua Kezer exonerated after spending 14 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. “This is proof that God is real,” Kezer said from prison. “This is proof. This is wonderful.”
- David Ignatius, on the media obsessing over the political ball game of the stimulus package while the Country suffers. “Did President Obama have a good day Tuesday when he signed the stimulus bill? You bet he did. But the point that weirdly seems to get relatively little attention is that it was a good day for millions of Americans who are getting hammered by the recession.”
- Arnold defends Obama and the stimulus package.
- Hypocritical GOP legislators now fight for money they opposed. Is anyone surprised?
- I watched Obama’s prepared statement at his press conference and then listened to the Q&A as I was driving to LAX. Forgetting the actual answers, I was amazed at what I was hearing as far as the language, complete sentences and fully thought out answers. Mark Nickolas has run Obama’s answer through Word’s readability scoring and compared them to Bush’s with a not very surprising result if you you’ve been paying attention.
- Anne Appelbaum on our only ticket out of Afghanistan, the Afghan army.
- Noam Scheiber on Obama’s mastery of the old “rope-a-dope.”
- When you hear the word “Christian,” what comes to mind? Is it love, compassion, service, humility and grace? Or is it more along the lines of anger, self-righteousness, judgmentalism and hypocrisy? Cathlene Falsani on, one of my pet issues, the need to re-brand Christianity and the documentary, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers.”
A video by Matthew Moretz, an Episcopal priest at Christ’s Church in Rye, New York.
Not that there’s anything wrong with being gay. He just can’t admit it. So much for only one time.
- An interview with Steve Turner regarding Christians in the arts and how “Christ didn’t die to make us religious, but to make us human.”
- All those who have been quoting a CBO report to counter the President’s economic stimulus package need to read this. It doesn’t exist.
- Bob Herbert on what we’ve watched this week, it’s called leadership. “Mr. Obama has been feeding the almost desperate hunger in this country for mature leadership, for someone who is not reckless and clownish, shortsighted and self-absorbed.”
- Newsweek on the obliteration of the Bush Legacy. And, it can’t come fast enough for me.