Putrifaction, Pandemic, and Presence: a Review of Henry Nouwen’s Wounded Healer

Nouwen, Henri J., The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society (New York: Doubleday, 2010), 109 pp. There are few Christians who seem to appreciate both the reality and necessity of suffering in the Christian life. Among those who do understand this reality and necessity is Henri Nouwen: a Dutch Catholic priest who spent much of …

The Poor U.S.A.

The old Republican Party has become the Knothead Party, so named during the last Republican convention in Montgomery when a change of name was proposed, the first suggestion being the Christian Conservative Constitutional Party, and campaign buttons were even printed with the letters CCCP before an Eastern-liberal commentator noted the similarity to the initials printed …

“I Want to Suffer, Too”

Sociologist Christian Smith’s claim regarding the religious climate in America is that most Americans, from baby boomers to today’s youth, have adopted a new sort of “national religion”: “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” or MTD. This “religion”, which emerged from hundreds of interviews with US teenagers, consists of a God who created and orders the world, watching …

Faith in Tribulation

Faith which presses onwards and leads to sight does not wait for sight in order that it may believe. It believes in the midst of tribulation and persecution. Yes! in the midst of these things; not when their edge has been blunted, because a means of enduring them has been found, or because happiness has …

Barth on Faith

Faith is conversion: it is the radically new disposition of the man who stands naked before God that he may procure the pearl of great price; it is the attitude of the man who for the sake of Jesus has lost his own soul. Faith is the faithfulness of God, ever secreted in and beyond …