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Divinity Online Edition - Spring 2006

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Ministry at Large
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Out of Touch

One morning during the 1991 Gulf War, I opened a local newspaper to a photo of a U.S. sailor sitting at a mess-hall table in the Middle East, food tray before him, head bowed, eyes closed, hands clasped under his chin. The caption read: ‘Weary sailor rests head on hands before eating.’ Once again, I realized why religious leaders of all persuasions have long charged that journalists are out of touch with mainstream culture.

—Grant Wacker, professor of church history, writing about One Nation Under God, a book that explores prayer in America, in the Jan. 15, 2006, issue of The Washington Post

‘A Wonderful Thing’

I think there’s much more of an interfaith inclination among mainline Protestants than evangelical Protestants. But the fact of the matter is it’s a wonderful thing for Jews and Christians to be in a conversation."

—Curtis Freeman, research professor of theology and director, Baptist House of Studies, commenting on the close relationship between Andover Newton Theological Seminary and neighboring Hebrew College in Massachusetts in the Feb. 18, 2006, issue of The New York Times

M.L. King’s Dream: Health Care for All

Americans of all races and ethnicity can truly keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s great dreams alive by exhibiting the courage to support adequate health care for all..

—Richard Payne, director, The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, commenting on inequalities in health care in the April 2, 2006 issue of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

‘Foolishness’ surrounds Gospel of Judas

There’s a lot of foolishness around this. The publicity machine unveiled this thing the week before Easter.

—Richard Hays, George Washington Ivey professor of New Testament, speaking about the Gospel of Judas in the April 14, 2006, issue of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.

Tracing the Divine Feminine

There are these traces of women-identified images of God. It’s not an invention of the women’s movement. It’s a long tradition in the Old and New Testament. You'd have to almost be a scholar to find them, but they are there.

—Teresa Berger, professor of ecumenical theology, quoted on portrayals of the divine feminine in Christian texts, in the March 3, 2006, issue of The Herald-Sun of Durham, N.C.


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