Category Archives: Short Reflections

Forgiveness

Thinking about forgiveness this morning – why? Because we practiced “Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive” at choir practice on Wednesday? Because of trying to finish The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible for book group? For whatever … Continue reading

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“Lux umbra dei”

Going through the mail that has been piling up for the past several weeks; skimmed through a publisher’s catalog (Paulist Press), and ran across the description of Home by Another Route: A Journal of Art, Music and Faith, by Charles Scribner, … Continue reading

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Good Friday

When I was in our local nursing home/rehab facility recently, recuperating from a hip replacement and hoping to get all the feeling back into my left foot (still working on that), I had a hard enough time sleeping that I … Continue reading

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Against “Proof-texting” in the Qur’an

Chapter 3 of Qur’an in Conversation begins with Jamal Badawi’s discussion of the factors affecting the interpretation of “one of the most misunderstood verses of the Qur’an”(78) 9:5, “Kill the idolaters [mushrikin] wherever you find them, capture them, besiege them, … Continue reading

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On Wanting Language to Say Something

I worry about “semantic freewheeling,” at this moment in history in particular. Bourdieu says this: …language is the exemplary formal mechanism whose generative capacities are without limits. There is nothing that cannot be said and it is possible to say … Continue reading

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Learning as Revelation

Christians have long accepted the proposition that God acts in and through history. The idea that God acts in history suggests that history itself is, in principle, a legitimate source of revelation. On one hand, this is a dangerous idea. … Continue reading

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Personal Knowledge

This seems so basic that it’s one of those things “everybody knows” – and yet, sometimes I’m taken by surprise by things “everybody knows.” When we know someone, or are getting to know someone, presumably there are things we can … Continue reading

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