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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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.


Gatekeeping Christianity: Easter columns reveal religious anxieties

NCR Today: Both nonbelievers and defenders of orthodoxy — like these two New York Times columnists — have unexamined assumptions about the widening definition of "Christian."


Will your church be alive in ten years?

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. 


Methodists brought to verge of fracture: Did the Holy Spirit do this?

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.