The Wittenburg Door interviewed Madeleine L’Engle twice, once in 1986 and again in 2000. Neither interview seems to be online at the moment; I will try to keep an eye on the site and if they post one of the interviews in recognition of her passing, I will link to it here.
I hadn’t written anything for the Door in quite a while, due in part to a big misunderstanding, but I’m back in the mix now and reading a book by a potential interview subject. I’ll let you know if something develops.
I agree 110 percent with Gavin in being troubled by our occasional obsession with the rapture. As a Christian, I think it’s imperative for me to make every moment count, to live as if Jesus were coming back at any moment. He could be here tomorrow, or we could have another 100,000 years. But it’s not necessary or desirable — or possible, for that matter — to figure out in advance God’s plan for the end times, and anyone who tells you they know exactly how or when it’s going to happen is selling you a bill of goods. There are some Bible scholars who claim that the book of Revelation, on which much of this speculation is based, isn’t even supposed to be about the end times, but rather was John’s attempt to write a symbolic message about the occupying Roman forces while he was in exile.
I’m constantly amazed that some of the same people who were absolutely sure they had end-times symbolism all figured out in the 1970s — and were proven completely wrong by the breakup of the Soviet Union — are still making a living peddling their latest versions.
Anyway, Gavin linked to this, which absolutely made my day:
I was shocked and dismayed to learn this morning that the great cartoonist Doug Marlette was killed in a car crash while I was in Bolivia. I don’t take the Nashville paper any more, and it had been a while since I kept up with “Kudzu” on a regular basis, but it had been one of my favorite strips. Marlette was both a comic strip artist and an editorial cartoonist.
The appearance of Rev. Will B. Dunn, one of the main characters in “Kudzu,” was based on the Rev. Will Campbell of Mt. Juliet, a friend of Marlette’s who, if I recall correctly, actually officiated Marlette’s wedding.
Marlette was a great talent and will be missed. Here’s an interview he gave to The Wittenburg Door.