“What are we to give to God in return for this love?” asked Martin Luther. “Nothing. You shall not go to Rome on pilgrimages.” I'm Lutheran, and I went to Rome on pilgrimage.
On Ash Wednesday, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed a bill banning capital punishment. A member of my congregation offers a powerful Lenten lesson for the year the death penalty was abolished in Illinois.
Many national leaders talk about cutting spending so as not to burden future generations with deficits. They seem to have no problem, however, burdening the next generation with an overheated Earth.
This spring marks the 100th anniversary of the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, generally considered the greatest manifestation of the "Great EB."
Sooner or later, and usually sooner, conversations about passenger trains and Amtrak in particular sputter with the dirty "s-word": subsidies. But all American means of transportation depend on "subsidies."
In 1921, a Methodist minister fatally shot the most prominent Catholic priest in Birmingham, Alabama. Sharon Davies’s book makes vivid the pervasive anti-Catholicism of the early 20th-century South.
Mike Leigh's latest film is pared down but surpassingly elegant, like a superbly assembled piece of chamber music. But it has an unusual flaw.