Ken Briggs reported on religion for Newsday and The New York Times, has contributed articles to many publications, written four books and is an instructor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Book review: A Disarming Spirit traces Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen's momentous and unanticipated plunge into political dissent. The author's handful of cited interviews with Hunthausen may have probed the archbishop's retrospective views of the controversy surrounding his activism, but there is no evidence of that in the book.
NCR Today: Both nonbelievers and defenders of orthodoxy — like these two New York Times columnists — have unexamined assumptions about the widening definition of "Christian."
Prospects for churches on a broad scale have become defined by accumulating data sets and quantitative analyses. But the death of a congregation affects friendships and faith journeys that have existed for decades.
NCR Today: The Holy Spirit is the best consultant you could engage. Except there is tension and confusion about what the consultant says, including in conflicts over gay marriage and ordination.