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From One Juliet to Another: Sufferers Comforting Sufferers

From One Juliet to Another: Sufferers Comforting Sufferers

One of the criticisms of Gospel preaching is that it can, at times, be gloomy. “Do we have to hear about sin again?”, the complaint goes, “Do you have to be so down on humanity?”, “Can’t we talk about how great life is sometimes?”, “Can’t you give me some self-improvement tools?” To these voices the […]

The Italo Gospel Is Foolishness (But to Us...It Is the Power of God)

The Italo Gospel Is Foolishness (But to Us…It Is the Power of God)

Have you ever heard of Italo? The name refers to a genre of music that was made primarily in Italy (though not exclusively), and is basically a catch-all term for the pop music of 1980s Italy. What could be more intriguing? Like any genre of music, Italo carries with it degrees of sophistication, polish, and […]

Luther didn't start the fire: Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498)

Luther didn’t start the fire: Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498)

From here: (born Sept. 21, 1452, Ferrara, duchy of Ferrara — died May 23, 1498, Florence) Italian preacher, religious reformer, and martyr. He joined the Dominican order in 1475 and was sent to Florence to lecture at the convent of San Marco, where he became known for his learning and asceticism. His apocalyptic preaching maintained […]

Luther didn't start the fire: Peter Waldo (1170-1184)

Luther didn’t start the fire: Peter Waldo (1170-1184)

From here: Some men’s personal lives are eclipsed by the movements they start. Peter Waldo was such a man. He appears on the scene of history in 1170 in Lyons as a successful businessman who, touched to his core by a traveling minstrel’s religious ballad, gave away his money to live in poverty as a […]

High Brow Grace: Just A Little, Not Too Much - Verdi's "Stiffelio" and Rossellini's "Stromboli"

High Brow Grace: Just A Little, Not Too Much – Verdi’s "Stiffelio" and Rossellini’s "Stromboli"

Earlier this year the Metropolitan Opera mounted a handsome production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Stiffelio”. It was well reviewed, and what caught the eye, in the photographs published in the New York Times at least, was the set created to represent the interior of a Reformed Church. It was Pieter Saenredam come to life. But Wait, […]

O Lost: Wolfe's Angel and The Buried Life

O Lost: Wolfe’s Angel and The Buried Life

I was lost on a recent trip to North Carolina when I stumbled upon Wolfe’s Angel, the marble angel that is regarded as the inspiration for the title and much of the underlying symbolic theme in Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel. Wolfe’s father, W.O. Wolfe, was reputed to be a reprobate and drunkard, but a […]