Ransomed to an awareness of glory

Woody Allen, here, talks about his movie "Midnight in Paris", about art, meaning, life and New York in the 40's. I saw the movie and liked it. It seemed more hopeful than much of his recent work, less concerned with the bleak nihilism that he frankly owns as a natural outcome of his¬†atheism. Allen's nihilism,... Continue Reading →

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The illusion of goodness

From the PD James novel, A Certain Justice: ¬†Glancing back as they turned together into the studio, Dalgliesh felt the weight of a fleeting melancholy tinged with pity. That tranquil studio, the pots so unthreatening in design and execution, the small attempt at self-sufficiency represented by the garden and the henhouse: didn't they symbolize an... Continue Reading →

That organ containing delusions

From Leif Enger's excellent Peace Like a River: I began to weep...weeping seems to accompany repentance most times. No wonder. Could you reach deep in yourself to locate that organ containing delusions about your general size in the world - could you lay hold of this and dredge it from your chest and look it... Continue Reading →

Down the black hole of Jesus’ death

Rober Farrar Capon, explains "absolution" in the Parables of Grace, page 39: [Absolution] "is neither a response to a suitably worthy confession, nor the acceptance of a reasonable apology. Absolvere in Latin means not only to loosen, to free, to acquit; it also means to dispose of, to complete, to finish. When God pardons, therefore,... Continue Reading →

I simply argue

"I simply argue that the Cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on a town garbage heap, at a crossroads of... Continue Reading →

One might think they believed

In 1933, the US Ambassador to Germany was William Dodd. Adolf Hitler was the newly appointed chancellor and the Nazi party was ascendant. In Erik Larson's book "In the Garden of Beasts", he describes the growing climate of violence, fear and oppression in Germany at this time, even as life continued in many ways unchanged.... Continue Reading →

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