Perfect is a loaded word, in both artistic and religious circles. Can a song be perfect? Can we? Even if most people would answer no (John Wesley aside), many of us still strive toward some idea of perfection. And when we fail to achieve that, the result can be a dizzying case of existential dissonance.
When my son told me he wanted to play lacrosse, the first thought that popped in my head was, “Great. Lacrosse. The sport of rapists.” Of course, I was thinking of the case in which three Duke University lacrosse players were accused of raping a woman at a party. As… [more]
I don’t know if it was the provocative title - “How American parenting is killing the American marriage” - or the actual content, but something about a recent Quartz article caused 47 of my friends to share it on Facebook. Maybe it was the opening sentence: “Sometime between when we… [more]
Phrases like “renaissance man” and “quadruple threat” might seem a tad hyperbolic in reference to a largely unknown pop artist, but when a songwriter, record producer, filmmaker and showman like Steve Taylor emerges from two decades of relative musical silence with one of the most interesting rock records of the… [more]
First of November. This is the day a 29-year-old, terminally ill woman named Brittany Maynard has chosen to end her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given sixth months to live, Maynard explains that as her disease progresses, …even… [more]
Scandal is back on ABC this fall, further detailing the illicit relationship between public-relations guru Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and married President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Watching the first few episodes, it strikes me that the show could play a helpful role in our current national conversation about abusive… [more]
Mary Gordon’s latest work, The Liar’s Wife, is a collection of novellas whose settings span Europe and America, pre- and post-World War II, and whose narrators are surprisingly adept truth-tellers - so deft, in fact, as to tell you truths about yourself that you might have a hard time believing.… [more]
Well, I've been afraid of changing 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder Even children get older And I'm getting older too Oh, I'm getting older too - “Landslide,” Fleetwood Mac I had been singing these lyrics in the shower for weeks in anticipation of… [more]
In a recent piece for NPR’s Cosmos & Culture blog, Adam Frank poses this question: is civilization natural? As Frank ponders the global effects of modern cities, he asks whether we need to reconceptualize standard dichotomies, such as city/country, built environment/wilderness and culture/nature. He notes that we commonly map key… [more]
This is part of a joint series with Elijah Davidson of Reel Spirituality, in which we’re considering each installment of The Decalogue. Krzysztof Kieslowski's landmark collection of short films was first released on Polish television in 1989 and is based on each of the Ten Commandments. Links to our other… [more]
As a reference librarian at a suburban public library, I sit at the information desk, waiting to answer patrons’ many different questions. On Friday evenings, the foot traffic slows and a soothing silence descends on my area. Save the soft clattering of the keyboards in the computer lab, it is… [more]
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JKana: Others depend on us; we're made to be in relationship, both with God and with one another, which means we don't have the final say in certain complex choices like this one.
Morgan: Change is by far one of the harder things in life to adapt to. I think the song puts it eloquently and I like the reminder that the changes we undergo are usually to make us closer to God.
Tamara Hill Murphy: I think there's a line between "a tradition of specialized analysis" and "specialized self-consciousness."
Jonathan Downie 1: Taking the time to do home cooking ... is almost an act of rebellion. It says that family is far more important than all the stuff we are supposed to be chasing.
Daniel Melvill Jones: As I watched this film I was personally convicted in the ways that I have disobeyed certain commandments in my haste to obey others.
sampeckham: I love U2, I admire Apple and was simply quite joyful they both wanted to let me own the album for free.