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Category Archives: Poetry

If he rose

Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body. If the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the Church will fall. It was not as the flowers, each soft spring recurrent; it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the […]

Palin Poetry

The Poetry of Glenn Beck

The geniuses at Salon have brilliantly taken transcripts from Fox New douchebag, Glenn Beck and put them, verbatim, in verse. The result a somewhat more fantastic than can be described in prose: FORGOTTEN MAN At first, the idea of the Forgotten Man was The little orphan that was in the middle here and Everybody forgot […]

New Books by John Milbank

I’m sure that some have noticed the dearth of posts over the last few days. Well, part of the reason for the current lacuna is that I have been in the process of moving back to Portland from Eugene, Oregon where I have spent the last two months. I was spending some time working out […]

Theology and Poetics

In his book, A Theology of Compassion, Oliver Davies suggests that theology has a fundamentally poetic character.  The act of theology is an act of imaginative poiesis, of making language strange.  Poetry, he says leads us to the threshold of theology, but not beyond precisely because of theology’s commitment to historicity.  While poems in some […]

New Blog: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

In keeping up with the current trends, I now have a tumblr.com blog, where I can do the lazy kind of posting (just links, quotes, and pics).  Hopefully some of you will visit it sometime.  The title for it is taken from the captivating poem by W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming:  Turning and turning in the widening gyre […]

Scott Cairns: On Slow Learning

If you have ever owned a tortoise, you already know how difficult paper training can be for some pets. Even if you get so far as to instill in your tortoise the the value of achieving the paper  there remains one obstacle – your tortoise’s intrinsic sloth. Even a well-intentioned tortoise may find himself, in […]

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