vol. 6, num. 9 :: 2007.05.04 — 2007.05.18
Planes and trains, people and places—various kinds of fuels feed their motion and existence. The coal-fired power plant keeps the lights on in the corner coffee shop where pop music propels a student toward the concluding paragraph. What principles guide our choices for what fuels our transportation and places? Beyond energizing our physical bodies, what powers our minds and spirits?
A tension of thought reveals itself in physical symptoms.
On the energy that results from tension within the self and within communities.
A reflection on the energizing power, for better or worse, of imagination.
On finding the energy to change the world through environmental practices.
A blessing for our passions to be energized by the long view.
A review of the film Pan’s Labyrinth exploring the film's imaginative qualities.
Is NIN’s Year Zero the beginning of the beginning?
Can the American church remember its purpose and reclaim its identity?
Why we should do these things anyway.
Is transportation a moral issue?
Tim Flannery explodes the myth of the hydrogen economy.
Scott McLemee reviews a book about the bogey (wo)man of 20th century Christianity, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Magazine readers write on that often-energizing force of rebellion.
To paint a picture or to write a story or to compose a song is an incarnational activity. The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birthgiver. In a very real sense the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command. Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
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