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.

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Humanized Francis speaks as a leader whose movement is falling apart

Commentary: The pope's edgy remarks to reporters, warning about "ideology" infecting theology and saying schism could happen, indicate that the drumbeat of criticism is angering and preoccupying him.


Churches' struggles could be a staging ground for the new vessel

As much of the ground crumbles beneath the churches, as sanctuaries close and members fade away, a recurring question occurs with greater urgency: Did Christianity lose its essential vitality when it won the world around it?


Pence dustup shows refreshing diversity of thought at evangelical school

Commentary: When Mike Pence was announced as Taylor University's graduation speaker, opposition arose. No institution is free of division and difference, no matter how forceful the pressure for conformity.

Book Review

Author leaves Hunthausen encased in superlatives

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.