Russell E. Saltzman is a former Lutheran pastor, transitioning to the Roman Catholic Church.
Russell E. Saltzman
Paths Not Taken: Fates of Theology from Luther Through Leibniz by Paul R. Hinlicky Eerdmans, 400 pages, $50 Broadly, Hinlicky is on a rescue mission to save theology from modernity. The vacuity of modern theology, a project once described as giving the atheist less and less in which to . . . . Continue Reading »
Who Killed the Constitution? by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R.C. Gutzman Crown Forum, 272 pages, $25.95 Maybe you didnt know the Constitution was dead; hence, this timely announcement from these two authors: It died a long time ago. And they are unsparing of those who killed . . . . Continue Reading »
Life in Space: Astrobiology for Everyone by Lucas John Mix Harvard, 344 pages, $29.95 Mix is an Episcopal priest with a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard, and the new chaplain at Arizona State University. His religious credentials are secure. Equally so is his scientific work. The origins of life touch . . . . Continue Reading »
As the national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted yesterday in Minneapolis to accept a social statement on human sexuality, tornado-like winds shook the downtown and ripped up the steeple at the ELCAs Central Lutheran Church next door to the convention center. No . . . . Continue Reading »
During its August 17-23 national church convention in Minneapolis, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seems poised to approve same-sex relations and the ordination of pastors in same-sex relationships. The history behind this move, which will be decided by a majority vote, is too tedious to repeat. Just call to mind the similar success of churnings within the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church and youll have an adequate understanding of it. Presbyterians and United Methodists have so far held off the radical assaults from the Christian left. But since ELCA Lutherans are now firmly part of the Christian left, few resources exist to turn back this latest attempt… . Continue Reading »
My youngest child is now twelve. I was fifty when she was born, a child of my second marriage. There are six preceding her ranging in age from forty-six down to the twelve-year-old. The forty-six year-old was one of the unaccompanied minors out of Vietnam in 1975; that puts me at twenty-eight with an eleven-year-old who didn’t speak any English other than “hello” and “no sweat.” The youngest still at home, as I best recall, was born talking in complete sentences, a vocabulary replete with “I want everything,” which, naturally, I have tried my best to accommodate. Were she your child, you’d do the same.
A child at fifty almost made me a geezer dad. That’s a guy who heads for the store for Pampers, becomes confused, and returns with Depends. Continue Reading »
This is one persons suggestion for fixing the economy. It appeared in a Florida newspaper that had asked readers to send along their best economic ideas: Patriotic retirement: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force . . . . Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early . . . . Continue Reading »
The Lutheran World Federation provides one of the sorriest examples of a press release Ive seen in, oh, perhaps a week. The lead sentence (rambling on for thirty-nine words) starts off: A group of theologians, ethicists, anthropologists and staff working on adaptation and mitigation . . . . Continue Reading »
This looks like it might be, as the phrase has it, a smart comedy: NBC’s Community , coming for the 2009-2010 season. The show brings together an eclectic band of community college students, albeit thoroughly and more than likely unfairly stereotyped. From the NBC website: It’s . . . . Continue Reading »
Much, too much perhaps, is being made of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specters move from the Republican Party to the Democrat Party. There is a lot to be said of it, of course, but it is probably best to let Specter speak for himself. A month ago he told the Philadelphia Inquirer , To . . . . Continue Reading »