Recent weeks have brought some new opportunities and looming adventures my way, and I will be rolling them out a little at a time, just to keep you in suspense, but today I can tell you that in addition to blogging here at First Things and contributing the occasional On the Square piece, I will also be managing the Catholic Portal over at Patheos.com.
Some of you may recognize Patheos from my blogroll, and recent links by this and other blogs, including Hot Air and Instapundit have made to the site, thanks to Tim Dalrymple’s three-part exposition on Social Justice, Tea Parties and Christianity. Tim, btw, manages the Evangelical Portal at Patheos, which is quickly becoming popular with thoughtful people who want to do more than skim the surface of religion, spirituality and ecumenism.
While Buster says that hearing me say I was “the portal manager” of anything has shaken his whole world view, the opportunity Patheos is offering me to be creative and try new things was too exciting to pass up. Given Patheos’ commitment to provide accurate information on a variety of faiths, and up-to-the-minute reflections on how the social and political stories of the day are viewed through the prism of spirituality, I think Patheos’ reach will quickly expand, fostering some pretty good conversations.
I am hoping that my first entry to the site, which examines reactions to CBS Correspondent Barry Petersen’s recent personal revelations about his wife’s early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease and the choices he has made in his marriage, and what the reactions to his story may be telling us about marriage, society and our endurance levels, will get a good conversation started, too.
You can read it here. And don’t be afraid to comment!