John M. Buchanan ponders life in the church and the challenges of leadership
Prescott Pym, licensed under Creative Commons
Again and again, the religious impulse in human beings turns violent. Is there no other side to this grim tale?
Cuban Presbyterians used to be part of the PCUSA, and pastors paid into the pension plan. Then came the Castro revolution.
I watched on TV as Muslims at a conference were confronted by protesters carrying American flags and signs: “America is a Christian Nation. Muslims Are Not Welcome!”
We are confronting a reality that for some of us was just an abstraction: black and white communities perceive the police differently and are treated differently by them.
Reinhold Niebuhr once broke with the editor of this magazine to argue that moral responsibility requires resisting evil with force. It’s a compelling argument, but it doesn’t justify torture.
John M. Buchanan is editor and publisher of the Century.
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