"Life to the Full," a Commentary on the Life of Krister Stendahl by James Carroll

April 21, 2008

Author: James Carroll

Source: The Boston Globe


WHAT TO say when a beloved friend dies? Krister Stendahl - once the Harvard Divinity School dean, Lutheran Bishop of Sweden, distinguished theologian, husband and father, man of God - would not have been troubled by mere silence. Krister knew how the mysteries of existence can strike us dumb. Awed speechlessness can be a signal that the holy is near. But Krister was also a man of the Word, and he understood that humans were put here to give expression to an otherwise mute creation.