Day: March 30, 2015

Teenagers facing early deaths are increasingly being consulted about their care

Jan Hoffman, writing for the New York Times, reports on a growing movement to include teenagers in their own end-of-life planning and care. Hoffman notes that this is an extension of a movement that focused first on adults. From the article: A national push to have end-of-life discussions before a patient is too sick to participate […]

Sufjan Stevens profiled for being a Christian musician who defies the stereotype

Sufjan Stevens profiled for being a Christian musician who defies the stereotype

David Roark writes about the popularity and broad appeal of musician Sufjan Stevens, a musician who explores Christian themes in his lyrics, contrasting it with the limited reach of music which adds “Christian” to the label. The article refers to a 2006 interview in DOA with Stevens about how his music is marketed and viewed. From the interview: […]

When Christians First Met Muslims: New translations and scholarship on the earliest interactions between Christians and Muslims

When Christians First Met Muslims: New translations and scholarship on the earliest interactions between Christians and Muslims

Michael Philip Penn, Professor of Religion at Mount Holyoke College, has just published a new book on early Christian Muslim interactions and the overlooked history of Middle Eastern Christians. Penn identifies a critical problem in seventh century scholarship; Christian studies focus on western Christians, and Muslim studies focus on the writings of Muslims. For the first centuries of […]

The Magazine: The discipline of giving to those who ask

The Magazine: The discipline of giving to those who ask

Giving to her reminds me that I am a con-artist too. I may hide it better, but we are all at least a little bit dishonest about ourselves. It reminds me that I am a poor sinner, just like everybody else. I may not need money, but I am as needy and poor as anybody else, thank God.