Monthly Archives: August 2015

“City of God,” Bks. 1-2: Points of Interest

Book One of De civitate Dei opens with the charge that prompted Augustine to write it, namely, that Christianity was responsible for the sack of Rome. As Augustine notes in the Retractationes, the first five books of City aim to … Continue reading

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The Sins of the Lectionary

Anyone following the BCP‘s Daily Office Lectionary (Year Two) is currently reading through the Gospel of John. Perhaps you shared my confusion this morning on realizing that today’s Gospel lesson began at John 8:12, although yesterday’s reading only got to the … Continue reading

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Beckett Reads Job

Samuel Beckett writes of humanity in his Waiting for Godot, “They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.” Biblical illiterate that I am, I hadn’t realized until this morning that Beckett’s source … Continue reading

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He Passed Them By

Mark’s account of Jesus’ walking upon water includes an odd detail: when he approached the disciples’ boat, “he would have passed them by” (Mk 6:48). Why? There’s no mention of this in either Matthew or Luke — if we’re thinking … Continue reading

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Burial and Resurrection

In City of God I.12-13, Augustine offers a mini-treatise on the relation between burial and the resurrection. He begins from the fact that some Christians killed during the sack of 410 were left without burial. No matter, he insists – even if devoured … Continue reading

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What to do with beliefs?

Yes: “As elsewhere, so in religion, argument is a way of proceeding, but it is not the only way. Minds find themselves saddled with beliefs as much as they choose them, and the most interesting thing to do with beliefs … Continue reading

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The Confessions of Prufrock and Guido

Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” has for an epigraph a quotation from Dante’s Inferno 27, on the lips of Guido da Montefeltro: “S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse / A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, / Questa fiamma staria … Continue reading

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