Bob Edwards, host of National Public Radio's
Morning Edition, interviews biblical studies professor Michael Brown about the
decline of biblical
knowledge in America. "The Bible In America -- The Bible is the
best-selling book of all time -- but fewer Americans are actually reading
Michael Brown is a New Testament Professor at Candler School of Theology
(Emory University) in Atlanta. His book is "What
They Don't Tell You : A Survivor's Guide to Biblical Studies",
published by Westminster John Knox.
Many of your parishioners heard this dialogue. You can hear the whole
interview as it was broadcast May 14, 2001, by clicking
here, and scrolling down the page to: The Bible In America.
Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About
Leading Longer, Healthier More Meaningful Lives
By David A. Snowdon
15 year study of 678 Roman Catholic nuns in five states reveals a connection
between emotions and longevity and the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease..
David A. Snowdon. an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky, spells out
tantalizing clues and provocative theories about aging that affect all of us and
how we perceive our ministry. At least half a dozen factors have been
identified that predict or contribute to Alzheimer's and aging.
The study suggests that positive emotions -- even at an early
age -- can ward off disease and even prolong life as much as 10 years over those
who seem to emote negatively more often than not.
Living in community such as a convent, or participating in a
Christian church, where people express care and concern for one another
contribute immeasurably to longevity and postponing the onset of dementia
associated with Alzheimer's.
This recently released book is getting a lot of attention and
will be read by many. This book has much to teach us about how faith, wisdom, and spirituality can influence the length and quality of our
lives. It behooves us to immerse ourselves in its ideas and ask what relevance
they may have to the way we do church in our local parishes.
To purchase this book at a discount, click
To read New York Times review, click
To read Time Magazine's cover story about the Nun Study, click