CAN AN AGNOSTIC BE DIVINELY INSPIRED? “Babette’s Feast” Is a Eucharistic Allegory From an Unlikely Author

You probably know at least a little about Danish baroness and plantation owner Karen von Blixen-Finecke.  She was the heroine (Meryl Streep) who had a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter (Robert Redford) in the 1985 romantic drama Out of Africa.  She was an author who wrote under the pen name “Isak Denisen.”But you may not remember that she was an agnostic. My husband and I recently pulled out our copy of the film Babette’s Feast (Danish: Bab … [Read more...]

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ON TWO WINGS: THE ARTIFICIAL SEPARATION OF FAITH AND SCIENCE

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. --Psalm 19:1Lonely planet: It’s not a plaintive 1950s love song.“Lonely planet” is the name given by scientists to a newly discovered type of planet which floats freely in the dark, without a star to go around.A team of astronomers led by David Bennett of Notre Dame, using a 5.9-foot telescope in New Zealand, reported this week in the journal Nature that they had discovered ten of these … [Read more...]

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CELEBRATING THE ANNUNCIATION IN A BIG WAY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monaghan!

I wasn't really there, in the orphanage.  My imagination is at work and has produced, no doubt, a jumble of truths and conjecture and flourishes.  But here is the story, as I see it. *     *     *     *     * The boy was only four when his father, a truck driver, died, leaving him with his brother and his young mother to fend for themselves.  Try as she might, his mother couldn’t afford to keep her children in her care; and so when he was six she placed the boy and his younger brother in foster … [Read more...]

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