This will be at least a three part series exploring the relationship between science and religion. I am currently taking a course with the renowned Professor John Lennox, who is a guest professor for a summer intensive class at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Lennox is Oxford Professor of Mathematics, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre in Oxford’s Said Business School. Though his… Read more

  The present state of the world and the whole of life is diseased. If I were a doctor and were asked for my advice, I should reply: ‘Create silence’. Bring men to silence. The Word of God cannot be heard in the noisy world of today. And even if it were blazoned forth with all the panoply of noise so that it could be heard in the midst of all the other noises, then it would no longer be… Read more

This is part two of a series, which despite its obnoxiously long title, is simply on poems about stars. In the first part, I interact with Robert Frost’s “Take Something Like a Star” and John Keat’s sonnet “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art.”  Here I engage with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and a small section of Canto XXVI from Dante’s Paradiso. In part one, we discover something seemingly fundamental to being human, namely we navigate the ways of… Read more

CAVEATS Before I write a word about suffering, it’s important to qualify what I am and am not attempting here. This is precisely what I am NOT doing. I am not attempting to offer an explanation for evil, injustice, and suffering in the world. Nor am I am justifying evil or suffering as if it were a requirement for knowing what goodness is (i.e., we need darkness to know what light is). Nor is this blog post some feeble attempt… Read more

After a brief hiatus due to general busyness with work and/or just plain ol’ living the dream, I’m finally back to it. Please forgive the unnecessarily long title – this sort of thing is cathartic for my soul. Mea culpa. With a dram of Talisker 10 in hand (sláinte and amen), I thanked the good Lord and toasted to the birth of my boy Robert Frost on March 26 while reading from our copy of The Poetry of Robert Frost…. Read more

Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. is written and directed by Woody Allen. For her role in the film, Blanchett won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress. She does a stellar job successfully inviting anger, sadness, hope, frustration, pity and disgust sometimes in succession, sometimes all at once. Hers is a performance well deserving of the accolades it received. The plot of the film follows Jasmine, played by Blanchett, as she… Read more

OLD HYMNS FOR NEW PEOPLE Page CXVI is a project that aims to make hymns accessible and known again. Hymns are a lost treasure and Page CXVI adds a new melody, a drum beat, and some good ol’ fashioned soul. They’ve given me permission to stream their newly released album on my blog for your Lenten listening pleasure… enjoy!   FREE STREAMING GOODNESS Check out Page CXVI’s newest album “Lent to Maundy Thursday.” They’re a fantastic band I’ve been listening to… Read more

Ash Wednesday is right around the corner. On this solemn day, the marks placed on our foreheads during the imposition of ashes mark the start of what is perhaps the most important season of the Christian calendar. Lent is the forty or so day drama that begins with Ash Wednesday and marches along for 40 days (not including Sundays). The Lenten journey perks up during Holy Week, swells in intensity during the Triduum (three day period of Good Friday, Holy… Read more

After a very long, cold, and white winter in the Dirty, the past weekend of blue skies and oh so close to balmy 50-degree weather has felt a sliver like the last day of school. Many of us, suffering to various degrees with S.A.D., have been wandering around quasi-zombielike for the past few weeks wondering if the sun would ever show his happy face again after an apocalyptic winter. While taking a jaunt through Princeton’s campus this sunny afternoon, I… Read more

LISTEN TO e.e. cummings READ HIS OWN POEM i thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes (i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay great happening illimitably earth) how should tasting touching… Read more

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