That senior US politician Newt Gingrich tried to be forgiven for his infidelities while using “patriotism” and “overworking” excuses is what leads many to see a usually serious act turning out to have been rather comic, says Martin Marty, reporting on the media response in North America.
A Michigan based pastor-author is stirring up a heated debate about hell among his fellow American evangelicals, says Martin Marty. In a curious way it shows that evangelicalism's theology as well as its politics can still attract a response from wider, often baffled, publics.
Listening to certain Christians, you would think that opposition to homosexuality is one of the most basic principles of the Christian faith. But this year, as a small group of Christians turn up to protest against the Pride festival in central London, they will be easily outnumbered by the Christians who are participating in Pride, celebrating diverse sexuality as a gift from God.
The decline and problems faced by The Crystal Cathedral and other mega-churches has been an occasion for Schadenfreude for those inside and outside the Christian community, says Martin Marty. This is too simple and too judgmental a view.