The killer in this book also has a kind of Dexter complex, where the killer chooses victims morally corrupt enough that few people even notice their deaths. Of course, the killer in this book is state government. On the other hand, I am completely convinced of the arbitrariness of state executions. This year, I sat in the courtroom and watched parts of the trial of Angela McAnulty, who tortured her daughter to death over the course of about seven years.
By Harold Ivan Smith. Westminster John Knox Press, Eleanor Roosevelt not only was the longest serving First Lady, but perhaps except for Hillary Clinton, she is surely the most influential First Lady in American History.
I know that, while I had some sense of her importance as a political figure, not only during her tenure in the White House, but as a delegate to the United Nations, I did not know the extent of her faith.
Her faith, her religion, was broad, liberal, and committed to justice.
She was a friend of H. After all, I had read the spiritual biography of Jackie Robinson, in the same series, and loved it. As with the Robinson biography, the author focuses on the connection faith to life.
There are likely other more detailed and comprehensive biographies of Roosevelt, but Harold Smith, who is not a historian or a biographer by trade, gives us a readable, thoughtful introduction to her life that puts faith front and center.
His specialty is spirituality, and that shows up regularly in the book. In the end, we encounter a person of deep faith who is committed to justice and peace in the world. Though she hailed from a wealthy and politically connected family Teddy Roosevelt was her paternal uncleher life experiences led her to places most people of her stature would not venture into.
Thus, she developed a keen sense of compassion for those on the margins. To her, all human beings, all, are the beloved children of God" p. That contributed to political instincts, that were much more progressive than even her husbands.
Smith begins the biography with a chapter that paraphrases the title of an article that she wrote in for the magazine "Forum. To those of us who were brought up as Christians that standard is the life of Christ" p.
In other words, she embraced orthopraxis over orthodoxy. During her lifetime, she was very open her open about her faith, even though her understanding of the Christian faith led to criticism from more conservative Christians who often questioned whether she was a Christian.
On the other hand, she was not shy about challenging people who claimed to be Christians, but who expressed anti-Semitic sentiments or were racist.
Thus, unlike FDR, who built a coalition of northern liberals and southern segregationists, she could not overlook the racism of his coalition partners.
While she emphasized orthopraxis, she could without problem affirm the creeds she learned as a child, growing up in the Episcopal Church of her family. She not only knew the creeds, but the Bible as well, having memorized the New Testament in French as a child.Dead Man Walking Directed by Tim Robbins An important film that exposes the cruelty of the death penalty, advocates the alternate path of compassion and .
|Theology from the Trenches (Roger Gench) -- A Review||David Kidman April June Tabor - At The Wood's Heart Topic An absolutely beautiful, nay sublime set of mostly sad, ruminative songs on the timeless emotional themes, interpreted by June with all the matchless poise, magisterial maturity and unrivalled thoughtfulness that are her hallmarks - and yet I can't help feeling that she's surpassed even her own supremely lofty standards here. The curious thing is that even though you know that with a recorded artefact you'll get to hear exactly the same performance on each and every replay, you really do feel that June's responding to the song texts afresh each time rather than just wheeling out a predetermined response with exactly the same inflections and emphases.|
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Richard’s paradigms of the relationship of Christ and Culture, the Reformed tradition, going back to John Calvin, has assumed that the church is called to engage in the transformation of culture. The author of Theology from the Trenches, Roger Gench, is part of this Reformed tradition and has embraced the call to be engaged in ministries of transformation.
Sister Helen's novel is a classic example of the practice of attentive love, and of its consequences. Throughout the novel, Sister Helen quotes Albert Camus extensively on . is and in to a was not you i of it the be he his but for are this that by on at they with which she or from had we will have an what been one if would who has her.
Dead Man Walking The film, Dead Man Walking was made in , and was adopted from Sister Helen Prejean 's autobiographical book, which has the same title. It examines one of the most highly debated controversial issues of our time - capital punishment.
In , Sister Helen Prejean begins corresponding with a death row inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Elmo Patrick Sonnier. Prejean has recently gone through a spiritual transformation and renewed her commitment to a life of social justice.