Across the sea and around the world

1. The global Anglican communion went haywire after The Episcopal Church (the Anglican province in the US) elected a gay bishop in 2003 (and a few weeks ago it elected a lesbian bishop as well). In 2008 the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church commissioned a project to draft a document on the issue of same-sex relationships. And the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops came out (pun not intended) with the draft document recently: Same-Sex Relationships in the Life of the Church.

2. Some of you perhaps know about Christopher Hitchens, who wrote God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Well, his brother, Peter Hitchens, a former-atheist-turned-Christian, wrote a book as well recently: The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith. The world is a (happily) weird place to live, indeed.

3. Speaking about books, you might be familiar with Philip Pullman, who wrote The Golden Compass (the book was filmed in 2007). For this coming Easter Pullman has a gift for everyone of us: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In this fictional novel, Mary gives birth to twins: Jesus and Christ. “Jesus is passionate and charismatic, while Christ is his self-conscious, troubled polar opposite who secretly records and embellishes his brother’s teachings.” (The Independent)

4. The Pope responds to the recent news of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic church (see related links at the NYTimes.com).

5. I didn’t expect this coming. Bruce Waltke on why the church should accept evolution.

6. The Easter is coming and the gods of Olympus are celebrating it! (H/T: Euangelion)

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