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- "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
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- French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill | Reuters August 1, 2014
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- Erotic Art August 21, 2014[New Entry by Hans Maes on August 20, 2014.] What is erotic art? Do all paintings with a sexual theme qualify as erotic? How to distinguish between erotica and erotic art? In what way are aesthetic experiences related to, or different from, erotic experiences and are they at all compatible? Both people and works of art can be sensually appealing, but is the […]Hans Maes
- Philosophy of Statistics August 20, 2014[New Entry by Jan-Willem Romeijn on August 19, 2014.] Statistics investigates and develops specific methods for evaluating hypotheses in the light of empirical facts. A method is called statistical, and thus the subject of study in statistics, if it relates facts and hypotheses of a particular kind: the empirical facts must be codified and structured into da […]Jan-Willem Romeijn
- Location and Mereology August 20, 2014[Revised entry by Cody Gilmore on August 19, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Substantivalists believe that there are regions of space or spacetime. Many substantivalists also believe that there are entities (people, tables, electrons, fields, holes, events, tropes, universals, ...) that are located at regions. For these philosophers, questions arise about th […]Cody Gilmore
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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Like eyes of one long dead the empty windows stare
And I fear to cross the garden, I fear to linger there…
from the poem “Alexandrines” by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis fan trivia includes the factoid that he died on the same day as President John F. Kennedy and author Aldous Huxley.
But 50th anniversaries tend to be big deals, and on this anniversary, while new documentaries honor JFK, Lewis is receiving a quieter yet substantial honor.
Lewis’s “devotion to [poetry] will be honored this month with the unveiling of a monument at the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, 50 years after his death,” writes Laura C. Mallonee in “The Imaginative Man,” written for PoetryFoundation.org.
Despite being best-known for The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity — as well as maybe The Screwtape Letters — Lewis really, really wanted to be a poet.
In recent years, that biographical factoid received serious scholarly study from Don W. King, who wrote C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse — a project that spurred a study of Lewis’s more-successful poet friend, Ruth Pitter.
In this brief post, I’ll say Lewis’s poetry is interesting for two principle reasons — although for a thorough examination of his poetry, see King’s C.S. Lewis, Poet.
First, Lewis wrote his poetry with an ear tuned to meter. For example, his poem “Alexandrines” is a collection of 13 of the lines for which the poem is named. An alexandrine is a 12-syllable iambic line.
Second, Lewis’s immersion in ancient mythology influenced many of his poems. See, for example, “Vitrea Circe,” which is about the Circe of Homeric legend.
Also see “The Satyr,” which follows a satyr “Through the meadows, through the valleys” where “all the faerie kin he rallies.”
Certainly questions of why Lewis has no intellectual and aesthetic heirs today — especially among the Christians who desperately want someone to pick up the Narnian mantle — can be answered with attention to his history and development as a person.
Lewis was saturated in English poetry and ancient verse, in languages living and dead, in stories historical and mythological.
I suspect many Christian writers who have tried to imitate Lewis jumped the gun and hopped directly into allegories of the Gospels, but Lewis never would have written a book entitled Mere Allegory.
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Why Molly Gagged
Molly bragged: “I know where mobsters hide.” Her friends chastised: “Stop watching ‘The Sopranos.’” So Molly walked to an abandoned brewery. At windows, Molly filmed mobsters severing a police detective’s finger, which fell to the floor. A fly inspected the finger. Gagging, Molly stole the mobsters’ car to flee, regretting she had bragged.
(Please see our recent poetry series by Adam Penna at LiturgicalCredo.)
Oh, I guess I would need more proof than that.
I’d want to touch his wounds and prod around a little, too.
Read “How to Be a Disciple” and three other poems by Adam Penna at LiturgicalCredo.com, an online member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.
Penna’s first full-length collection, Little Songs & Lyrics to Genji, was published by S4N Books in 2010. A chapbook called Love of a Sleeper was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. Individual and pairs of poems have appeared in magazines like Albatross, Basilica Review, Cimarron Review and others. Penna’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2010) for a sonnet appearing in the Cider Press Review and has appeared on the site Verse Daily. He teaches at Suffolk County Community College, where he is an Associate Professor of English, and he is the former editor of Best Poem.
Two quotations pointing in the same basic direction.
“Find what you love and let it kill you.” — Bukowski
“One must be drunk…. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time that breaks your shoulders and bows you to the earth, you must intoxicate yourself unceasingly. But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, your choice. But intoxicate yourself.” — Baudelaire
When someone tells you not to be influenced by The Past, agree with him and then ask him to tell you about a formative relationship in his childhood. After he answers, ask him why he allows himself to be influenced by The Past. Who can really function without memory? The mind has to constantly reference memories, even when its attention is focused in the present moment. It can do no other. It has to learn and make adjustments in behavior based on what it has learned. Without remembered names, humans don’t know anything — as Dana Gioia said in his poem “Words,” “To name is to know and remember.” Isn’t it true that when a man loses his memory, he loses himself? His self?
- Making Connections: Memories & Emotions (fantasyinmotion.wordpress.com)
Update (May 2013): Circumambulations keeps one poetry page, and my poems have since been replaced by newer work from other authors.
The inaugural edition of Circumambulations includes three of my poems — “Winter Night at River View Farm near Avenue, Maryland,” “Idol,” and “Chapped Lips in Orlando” — along with poetry by Michael Campbell and Jason W. Johnson (the latter has previously published work with LiturgicalCredo). Visit the Circumambulations poetry page here.
Please read it here.
Elizabeth Swann earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte. Recent publications include in Southern Poetry Review, Penwood Review, storySouth, Southern Women’s Review, Red Clay Review, and the anthology Luck; A Collection of Fact, Fiction, Incantation and Verse. She was a finalist in the Guy Owen Prize, 2009. Read her poems “Portraits of Magdalene, The Masters’ View,” “At The Hospital,” “Rain,” “Casting,” and “Spectrum.”
The Christian poet and hymnodist William Cowper (1731-1800) at times in his life believed that he was already and irrevocably damned: damned to hell, and facing the additional doom of carrying that knowledge while still walking around in earthly daylight.
In keeping with our contemporary notion of professional comics as tormented, gloomy souls, Cowper had a distinctive and weird comic gift. …
Read former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s article on Cowper here.
Eva Ting’s new prose poem captures a moment of great loss and memorializes a friend. Read it here.
This was an exciting discovery from a page on Philip Yancey’s website:
Evangelicalism tends toward message, even propaganda, rather than discovery and art. Look at the passages preached on in evangelical churches: most come from the Epistles, which represent only 10 percent of the Bible. What about all the rest—poetry, psalms, history, story? Sadly, evangelicals tend to neglect them.
“Religion and poetry are about the only languages … which … still have something to say. Compare ‘Our Father which art in Heaven’ with ‘The supreme being that transcends time and space.’ The first goes to pieces if you being to apply the literal meaning to it. How can anything but a sexual animal really be a father? How can it be in the sky? The second falls into no such traps. On the other hand, the first really means something, really represents a concrete experience in the minds of those who use it: the second is mere dexterous playing with counters…”
– C.S. Lewis, in a 1932 letter to his brother