Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and author of Learning to Dream Again.
In Terry Eagleton's compelling narrative, three plotlines run concurrently: a parade of ideas from the Enlightenment to the present, a sustained argument about the role of culture, and a burlesque apologetic for Christianity.
Perhaps normal people no longer assume that church is part of what it means to be normal. Or perhaps the idea of a normal center was flawed all along.
Jesus went slowly, purposefully into the eye of the storm. Only through the storm would he find what he was looking for.
After I gave a talk for the 70th anniversary of Bonhoeffer's death, I got a letter saying he's been drained of meaning. Here's what I replied.
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