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Parush Parushev

Construction of the Berlin Wall began on Aug. 13, 1961. Erected almost overnight to prevent East Berliners from defecting to the West, the wall became the most conspicuous symbol of the Cold War’s division of Europe. In August 1989, I was enjoying the company of my colleague and friend—a young German scientist named Keil—and the […] Read More

In her reflection in the New York Times, respected Catholic theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill evaluated the nature and the scope of the damage caused by the scandal of priest pedophilia. She said the scandal undermines the aspirations of the church to provide leadership for Catholics and non-Catholics on moral issues like abortion, capital punishment, health […] Read More

I remember a conversation in the early 1980s with some high-ranking academicians in Holland. As we were talking about the diversity of cultures, one of my colleagues remarked: “Holland is a country of the coexistence of cultures. We appreciate immigrants because we can learn something from them.” Then he suddenly turned to one of our […] Read More

Postmodernism means different things to different people. Some are so fascinated with current changes in social, artistic and intellectual life that they believe a new age has already dawned. Others are so frustrated by these changes that they deny the existence of any significant cultural shift. They think it’s only in the minds of ill-intentioned […] Read More

Christendom has dissolved, but the seeds of anti-Semitism remain, as evidenced by the burning of synagogues in Marseilles and the anti-Semitic attacks in Montpellier and Paris at the beginning of April. Of course, you’ve heard that the church has been forced to accept the culture’s anti-Semitism, especially during the Nazi regime. So, it is claimed, […] Read More

Baptists have always had a keen sense of political consciousness and social concern. Certainly the separation of church and state is a commonly accepted Baptist distinctive. However, the very notion of separation emerged when European Baptists were active socially and politically. In the 16th century, Balthasar Hubmaier, leader of a large Anabaptist community in the […] Read More

A U.S. sociologist once teasingly shared that the difference between evangelicals in Europe and the United States is that the Europeans tend to be more relaxed about alcohol, while the Americans are more uptight about it. While memorable, this observation does not always seem to be true. Consider this story. The people of Estonia used […] Read More