Opinion

`Disappointed’ by authors’ caricatures

NAIVELY, I HOPED the authors of The Challenge of Tradition would offer a solid and serious critique of the Essentials movement (and substantive criticisms...

Canadians join literary luminaries

CANADIANS JOY KOGAWA and Bruce Cockburn joined literary luminaries Elie Wiesel, John Updike, Katherine Paterson, Jon Hassler and David James Duncan in headlining The...

Prof. Richie’s review ‘unfair’ to authors

PROFESSOR RITCHIE is right to insist on the importance of the pluralism question in comments on Anglican Essentials, and on The Challenge of Tradition....

Sad stories of preachers, politicians

ALTHOUGH IN THE visible Church the evil be ever mingled with the good, and sometimes the evil have chief authority in the Ministrations of...

Legal equality in a pluralistic society

AS THE GLOBE AND MAIL has rightly observed, a courtroom can be "a bloody awful place to fight out the rights and wrongs of...

God will never tell us where to get off

WHEN DOES SPRING really, finally arrive in a Canadian city? When they tear up the streets. Last year, this ritual took over the street where I...

The way it was … as seen by the Churchman

100 years ago: September 1898 Canadian Churchman reported that it must surely be reckoned among the blessings accorded to the Canadian Church that there has...

Pink slips no remedy for unsatisfactory clergy

SHOULD CLERGY be fired without cause? General Synod is about to consider a law that would permit just that. It is a well-intentioned but...

A `cool, refreshing’ light shed on path

THE BAD THING about the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials is that it seems to be yet one more statement of a tired old...

The ravens of Pangnirtung

INHABITANTS OF THIS COMMUNITY have an intensive love-hate relationship with a black-plumaged, omnivorous, corvine denizen who takes up residence here between December and June...

Test the spirits’ on gay issue

REV. GEORGE EVES, rector of St Mark's Church in Saint John, New Brunswick, recently published a book entitled Two Religions, One Church, and circulated...

Christianity ‘untrue, unethical,’ charges feminist

AS A POST-CHRISTIAN feminist, Ms. Hampson raises two fundamental questions about Christianity: Is it true? Is it ethical? Her answer to both questions is...

Group Yes muses musically on life

THE MUSICAL GROUP, YES, was one of the standard bearers of the '70s genre of musical excess known as progressive rock. Neo-classical song structures...

Hectic lives can seem like busy holiday airports

IT WAS A NEW YORK-MIAMI flight, and it was turning out badly. Snow at La Guardia airport forced passengers to switch to JFK, where...

Sharing responsibility for Third World debt

THE RECENT SERIES of financial crises in Asia have brought the issue of Third World debt once again to the forefront of the global...