Literature is a greater rival to religion than science is because both religion and literature seek the same kind of good. Science proposes explanations of the physical world, but literature, in its most persistent form, evokes and then presses hard at deep human dilemmas.
David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered, a biography of Vince Lombardi, delivers another biography of a gifted yet complex sports hero. One didn’t have to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates to admire the grace with which Clemente played the game of baseball.
You think your church has problems? Imagine your church building closing and your denomination telling you that it can’t afford to fund a pastor. Imagine trying then to keep alive the vision of a vital congregation and taking on the cleaning and maintenance of the building while you wait—for 40 years.