Books

Books

Christian juxtapositions: Peace in Northern Ireland

The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland. 
By Mareid Corrigan Maguire. Orbis, 123 pp.

People Behind the Peace: Community and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. 
By Ronald A Wells. Eerdmans, 128 pp. 

Christian juxtapositions: Holy Things and Holy People

Though the World Council of Churches' consensus document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry is a work of enormous significance, it may strike one as bland. Gordon Lathrop, a Lutheran theologian, presents much the same material in two books (the first published in 1993) that are lively, provocative and challenging.

Reading with Deeper Eyes

One of the best things about William Willimon's new book is that he introduces us to serious, spiritually significant works of fiction and makes us want to read them. One of the worst is that we might be tempted to take Willimon's book as a shortcut, using his summaries of great novels as a substitute for reading them.