Tag Archives: Religion

Literature’s Unique Spiritual Insights

An extended reflection upon the relationship between religion and literature.

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The Hero and the Goddess

My reflections on the meaning of Homer’s gods “The Odyssey.”

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Lit Interpretation Related to Bible Reading

Literary “close reading” can be traced back, in part, to Talmudic study of the Torah. That helps explain the significance I attach to literary interpretation.

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God’s Prayer to Us: Live Kindly, Live

James Richardson’s poem “Evening Prayer” urges us not to narrowly constrain God within rules but to see God as something greater.

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In Support of School Prayer (with a Twist)

A Florida bill allows prayers to be read at assemblies but can’t designate a particular religion, offering openings to various sects. Scott Bates provides the school children with some possibilities.

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A Hermit of the Rocks, Wind & Mist

R. S. Thomas’s powerful poem “Sea-Watching” compares waiting for the Holy Spirit with bird watching.

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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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Mary Is Called, the Parting Hour Is Come

Richard Crashaw celebrates the Feast of the Assumption with a feminized Christianity.

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The Transcendental Meaning of Pizza

Scott Bates describes the sacramental dimensions of devouring pizza.

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