The final “Beliefs”
Don’t miss the final installment of Peter Steinfels’s New York Times column on religion, which wraps up twenty years of “Beliefs.”
At his “Spiritual Politics” blog, Mark Silk offers a tribute and a farewell — “As an arbiter of the passing religious scene, ‘Beliefs’ was without peer. I’ll miss it.” But Peter’s column suggests there will be much to look forward to:
Assuring that well-founded traditional stances obtained a public hearing free of stereotypes and snap judgments was certainly a satisfying role, but also an uncomfortable one. Because I sometimes agreed with those stances and sometimes did not, I often longed to be more direct.
…It is partly to regain such freedom that, having left the regular staff of the paper in 1997, I have decided to bring Beliefs to a close. I look forward to being less limited to “900-word thoughts” and to being more personal, more direct and, when needs be, more political.
A happy prospect for 2010!