David Steinmetz is an author at Religion News Service.
COMMENTARY: Orthodox bishops chafe at Christian persecution in the Middle East
(RNS) With the civil war in Syria and the civil conflict in Egypt, instances of violent repression against minority Christians have increased. This rise was particularly worrying for Orthodox bishops, who lead the largest body of Christians in the Middle East.
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis and a new vision of Catholic reform
(RNS) It would be a mistake to conclude from his first unprecedented actions that Pope Francis is disdainful of Catholic tradition. On the contrary, the new pope seems attuned to very specific Catholic traditions of church reform that claim his attention and color his vision of genuine Christianity.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Benedict XVI, the caretaker pope
(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI was first, last, and always a teacher. But he was always, alas, a weak manager of personnel. In the end Benedict XVI was the “caretaker pope” that many didn’t expect him to be.
The shepherds in their fields abiding: the Christmas message of the KJV
If there is a Christmas message in the story of the King James Version of the Bible, it is that unlikely origins do not preclude satisfying endings. It was a demonstration of the theological conclusion that the wisdom of God, which often transforms what appears to be sheer folly into something wonderfully wise, has done it again.
Searching for the real Martin Luther
(RNS) Finding and portraying the “real” Martin Luther on film has not been a task for the faint of heart. Yet wherever Protestants (and Catholics) gather and wherever the political history of Europe is told, the ghost of Martin Luther is present and cannot be avoided. By David Steinmetz.