Category Archives: Bible

My Cries Cannot Pierce Thy Silent Ears

George Herbert poetry is admirable in the way he wrestles with his spiritual doubts. He may owe a debt to “The Book of Job,” where we also see such wrestling.

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Lit, Like Christ, Is Divinity Made Manifest

The opening lines of the Book of John can be used to describe how literature operates in the world.

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In the Beginning Was the Word

The opening of the Book of John is poetry of the first order.

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A Time for Silence

Silence can be a very powerful response to tragedy.

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The Deep (Not Scientific) Truth of Genesis

The Book of Genesis, like poetry, captures truths inaccessible to science.

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Fiction Is Best Way to Tell God’s Story

Story-truth superior to happening-truth, in war stories and in Bible.

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