Americans have become accustomed to picking and choosing among religious traditions and practices. But some have taken religious pluralism in a deeper and more radical direction.
We could not get to Jesus without going through the origins of the two faiths that share him. Christianity and Islam disagree, but they disagree about the same Jesus.
Unlike justice or courage, happiness is perceived as subjective, even inscrutable. So what does it mean to say that a person who claims to be happy is not?
Faith, unlike religion, is ready to confess its radical incompleteness and insufficiency--indeed, its brokenness.
I recently reread the biblical translation so familiar from my youth. I found its power and grandeur unabated, though some of the language has an odd ring today.