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New Persuasive Words: Sally Lloyd-Jones and The Jesus Storybook Bible

New Persuasive Words: Sally Lloyd-Jones and The Jesus Storybook Bible

One of our favorite quotes comes from Thornton Wilder, the great novelist and playwright, who voiced a vision for the rehabilitation of Christianity in the midst of the Great Depression:

The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem — new persuasive words for defaced or degraded ones.

This principle, in my view, still holds true, and it’s motivated a good deal of what we try to do at Mockingbird. Recently, Francis Spufford and Christian Wiman have been heroes in revivifying the language of faith, in respective terms of emotional intelligibility and a “new poetics of faith.” To those authors we could add…

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Ted Hughes on Inner Children and the Center of Magic and Revelation

Ted Hughes on Inner Children and the Center of Magic and Revelation

Consistently in the Gospels, Christ tells people that they must become like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of God, in order to see the world properly through lenses unclouded by the ego (in modern terms), unimpaired by the countless protections and rationalizations and self-justifying constructions which permeate adult life. Last week Letters of Note, a blog that publishes interesting letters by public figures, featured an explication of the inner child by none other than Ted Hughes as he addresses his son’s feelings of childishness. It’s well worth reading in its entirety here, but some highlights include:

Nicholas, don’t…

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PZ's Podcast: Christian Meanings of "My Sharona"

PZ’s Podcast: Christian Meanings of “My Sharona”

A little change-up, just in time for the weekend, we bring you the must-hear companion piece to this past Monday’s ‘cast, “My Sharona,” in which our hero, um, explains himself. Together they represent something of a summation, or, as PZ puts it, This is Grace in Practice for 2011.

EPISODE 55

The Four Theses I wrote for “My Sharona”, which is Episode 54 of PZ’s Podcast, express some convictions I have about reality. I expressed these convictions in a way that is somewhat new, or at least new for me.

Now I would like to take these convictions and express them in somewhat…

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PZ's Podcast: My Sharona

PZ’s Podcast: My Sharona

EPISODE 54

People sometimes like to write down where they are, or at what station they have arrived.
There’s a tendency I notice in myself to set down a sort of marker, as in,
Where was he, really, in July of 2011?

“My Sharona” is “My (Little) Confession”:
Where have two years in the desert — for that’s how I have conceived them — gotten me?
Is there a short version of the things I have begun to learn?

“Where is he now in relation to where he was?”

There are three convictions really, two related to an enduring reality and one concerning an experience that ends at…

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Super 8: Control, Consequences, and Monster Makeup (Spoiler Warning)

Super 8: Control, Consequences, and Monster Makeup (Spoiler Warning)

“Rabbi, who sinned–this space alien or his captors–that he was marooned on Earth and had assimilation issues?”

Some version of this classic biblical question lies at the core of Steven Spielberg’s and J.J. Abrams’s incredible new film, Super 8. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it highly enough—and this is also the place to stop reading: major spoiler warning. The questions of guilt and fault form the thematic scaffolding of the film. Super 8’s universe adopts the default worldview that life is a closed system of human actions and their natural consequences, and Spielberg and Abrams spend the majority…

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