Violence seems to have permeated every dimension of our common life and our imagination. Jonathan Sacks offers a wise response.
"Buddhism has not just provided the flashlight with which I have discovered what was in the Christian basement. It has also added to that basement."
Richard Rohr and Jon Sweeney, authors of two new books on St. Francis, would be united in their advice to us: forget the statue with the birds.
I'm prone to the occasional rant about how much I dislike the movement folk music of the 1960s—its lack of subtlety, its odd mix of the earnestly humorless and the cornball, its endless verses of repetition. But I love Woody Guthrie, who was born 100 years ago today. Guthrie was a generation older than the 60s troubadours and a singular influence on many of them, none of whom shared his gifts and sensibilities.
While Christian scholars have long questioned body-soul dualism, it remains common in church circles. This may finally be changing.