May 9, 2012
BELLEVILLE, ONTwo days before her wedding, "Mary" went into her pastor's office with questions about sex. What she got was a stern lecture on how she shouldn't ask such questions until after she was married. Even on her honeymoon, the stern warning echoed in her ears.
March 21, 2012
Bill Blaikie is a big man with a bushy beard and the bearing of an Old Testament prophet. It's a fitting image. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada who served as a prominent and stalwart champion of the social gospel during his three decades in politics.
February 1, 2012
Let's begin with some stereotyping. Evangelicals typically look to the Bible as the supreme source of spiritual authority and put Christ at the very centre of religious devotion. We are also known for a compelling desire to see people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and often bring a great deal of marketing moxie to the task.
September 14, 2011
In our global-minded, multicultural society, we've been told that all the grand narratives are dead, and good riddance. The meta-narratives that enslaved our imaginations were contrived, localized, xenophobic tales that served the status quo and preserved systematic injustice. Regardless of their influence on communities, families, cultures, institutions, and yours and my mental health and spiritual wellbeing, they were all rotten to the core, and in the name of freedom and progress, we jettisoned the lot of them.
August 15, 2011
How now shall we live together? Though he nowhere poses it, this is the question that renowned sociologist of religion, Peter L. Berger, convened a number of contributors to discuss in his book Between Relativism and Fundamentalism: Religious Resources For a Middle Position.