Reading is like Making Music

“Reading is not like listening to music, but rather like making music. The reader himself is the instrument.” – Martin Walser The quote in the original German is “Lesen ist nicht etwas wie Musikhören, sondern wie Musizieren. Das Instrument ist man selbst.” It comes from his book Des Lesers Selbstverständnis, p.12, and I found it quoted in [Read More...]

All Work and No Play

I’m not sure why it never occurred to me before to combine the two sayings about Jack: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” and “Jack of all trades, master of none.” But now that it has, it seemed meme-worthy. There is nothing dull about constantly learning new things. And to achieve mastery in a [Read More...]

Transgender and Christianity: From Andi to Bruce Jenner

The subject of transgender has been in the news a great deal lately, with much attention focusing not only on famous athlete Bruce Jenner (and his ABC News interview), but on young children who have known that their perception of their own gender was different from what they were defined as because of their anatomy. [Read More...]

Wonder is the First Step Towards Further Knowledge

“Wonder at the things that are before you, making this the first step to further knowledge” – Jesus, in the Gospel according to Matthias. Quoted by Clement of Alexandria (Miscellanies 2.9.45) The background image is a photograph taken by Chris Murphy.   [Read more...]

I Still Have a Dream

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Is Reconciliation Worth It?

I’m grateful to Marguerite Stanciu of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University for drawing attention to the above video. I was there to hear Allan Boesak speak, and it is part lecture, part sermon, and wholly inspirational. I encourage you to give it a listen. [Read more...]

Real Hero

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Security as Superstition

Via Rebecca Trotter. Does anyone know the actual precise source of the quotation? [Read more...]