Literature

  • In my previous post, I introduced the epistemic shifts occurring across the theological, political and philosophical landscape of the early 1800s which gave rise to a new kind of theological expression, or, theo-literature. Writers from Schiller to Wordsworth to Coleridge […]

    Facing the Darkness II: The Gaps in the System

    In my previous post, I introduced the epistemic shifts occurring across the theological, political and philosophical landscape of the early 1800s which gave rise to a new kind of theological expression, or, theo-literature. Writers from Schiller to Wordsworth to Coleridge […]

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  • “Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away,” Edited by Susan Srigley, University of Notre Dame Press, 2012, 232 pps.. £17 / $28. Flannery O’Connor belies easy stereotype. Her deepest narratives rest in the broader story of […]

    Review: “Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away”

    “Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away,” Edited by Susan Srigley, University of Notre Dame Press, 2012, 232 pps.. £17 / $28. Flannery O’Connor belies easy stereotype. Her deepest narratives rest in the broader story of […]

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  • In his 1989 address to the graduating class of Dartmouth College the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky decided to forego the platitudes that comprise such ceremonies to instead admit that “a substantial part of what lies ahead of you is going […]

    Surviving the Sahara: On Being Bored

    In his 1989 address to the graduating class of Dartmouth College the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky decided to forego the platitudes that comprise such ceremonies to instead admit that “a substantial part of what lies ahead of you is going […]

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  • Sooner or later, the writer of creative fiction seems bound to ask just how free are my characters? Good writers strive to make their characters as free as possible – to give them a life of their own – and […]

    Creativity as a Call to Virtue?

    Sooner or later, the writer of creative fiction seems bound to ask just how free are my characters? Good writers strive to make their characters as free as possible – to give them a life of their own – and […]

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  • Everyone has at least one piece of literature they are congenitally afraid of picking up. Be it the fear and trembling of page count, plot synopsis, or personal distaste for protagonists in the whaling industry, we all have literary tomes […]

    The Joy of Being Blindfolded: Or Why You Should Read Thomas Pynchon

    Everyone has at least one piece of literature they are congenitally afraid of picking up. Be it the fear and trembling of page count, plot synopsis, or personal distaste for protagonists in the whaling industry, we all have literary tomes […]

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  • Marilynne Robinson’s popular and critically acclaimed novels, Gilead and Home are masterpieces that deftly explore deep metaphysical questions with characters who search for meaning and redemption through Christian faith, engaging with issues of spiritual longing and fulfillment in a way […]

    Summer Reading Recommendation: Gilead and Home

    Marilynne Robinson’s popular and critically acclaimed novels, Gilead and Home are masterpieces that deftly explore deep metaphysical questions with characters who search for meaning and redemption through Christian faith, engaging with issues of spiritual longing and fulfillment in a way […]

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  • One of the stumbling blocks that held C. S. Lewis back from embracing Christianity was his inability to understand how the death of an obscure Jewish rabbi two thousand years ago could have any impact on his life. Lewis found […]

    The Myth Made Fact in the Local Congregation

    One of the stumbling blocks that held C. S. Lewis back from embracing Christianity was his inability to understand how the death of an obscure Jewish rabbi two thousand years ago could have any impact on his life. Lewis found […]

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