Archive for May, 2011

The Sara F. Wells Jones Religious Arts Society Sara Jones was probably the most religious person I have ever known. Born the daughter of a sharecropper, she attended Boston University in the 1920s, where she argued eschatology with learned men of an era that brooked little dissent from women, much less black women whose speech betrayed the rural South. Sara argued with […]

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The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense

The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense by David McCracken Michael Dodaro Reprinted from First Things; Journal of Religion and Public Life Even occasional readers of the Gospels notice that Jesus offends or astonishes most of the other characters who inhabit these ancient narrative landscapes. To those with vested interests in the political […]

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To Julia

By Robert Herrick. 1591–1674 Musical setting by Roger Quilter audio track: The Bracelet Why I tie about thy wrist, Julia, this silken twist; For what other reason is ‘t But to show thee how, in part, Thou my pretty captive art? But thy bond-slave is my heart: ‘Tis but silk that bindeth thee, Knap […]


An Incarnational Theology of Aesthetics

Racehorses and Rattlesnakes Any good musical performance can make us listen more intently. When Placido Domingo sings—or Bob Dylan—the mind stops wasting time. We listen. Something about what they do concentrates awareness. This is a difficult state to attain in the multitasking environment in which we daily grind out our lives. Domingo and Dylan are […]

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