“Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.” ~Iris Murdoch
There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.
"A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within."
Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings
There is nothing groundbreaking or earth-shattering about Thomas Cahill's latest Hinges of History volume, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, but that is not why the series is so popular. Cahill's work is a high flight over the historical landscape with the occasional landing to meet representative and
We are less than three months into the new year and there are already several interesting studies of religion worth discussing. In case you missed these---perhaps due to the unending snow shoveling---I decided to bring three of them to you below.
“Fairy tales don’t tell you that dragons are real, but that they can be defeated!” ~ Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
In Gerbrand Bakker’s novel Ten White Geese (published in the UK as The Detour), a Dutch woman takes a short-term lease on an old cottage in rural Wales. Avoiding contact with the handful of locals, she does little but sleep, drink wine, smoke, and wander around the property.
It's a story making its way around the internet at the moment, Bryan College of Dayton, Tennessee is returning to its fundamentalist roots and obligating professors to sign a creationist statement.