The emphasis on patients' rights and autonomy has been a weak remedy for medicalized death.
In 1983, Kenneth Mitchell and Herbert Anderson wrote that "death is only one form of loss." This would have been unthinkable for Christians half a century earlier.
When I became a student pastor I had no idea what I was getting into. The first thing that happened after we moved into the tiny parsonage was that Johnny Johnson died.
Whatever its explicit message, Occupy Wall Street has made a powerful statement with its very mode of existence.
Men and the church are often at odds. Sadly, many of the reasons researchers give for this are as insulting as they are misguided.
Here is my unscientific rule: if Martin Luther treated a biblical book with disdain, then that book is really popular in modern Africa.
It takes a lifetime, as well as a remarkable life, to write a book like Eleonore Stump's Wandering in Darkness.
Reading is an act of "absorbed alertness," says Ursula Le Guin. Two reading memoirs record two distinct experiences of such absorption.
Depending on your tolerance or affection for epic morality plays, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret may either feel too long and subplot-laden, with one too many plot twists, or a bit thin and sketchy (despite a running time of two and a half hours).