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.
Like the desert tales that monks have used for centuries as a basis for a theology and a way of life, the tales of small-town gossip are often morally instructive, illustrating the ways ordinary people survive the worst that happens to them; or, conversely, the ways in which self-pity, anger, and despair can overwhelm and destroy them. Gossip is theology translated into experience. In it we hear great stories of conversion, like the drunk who turns his or her life around, as well as stories of failure. We can see that pride really does go before a fall, and that hope is essential. We watch closely those who retire, or who lose a spouse, lest they lose interest in living. When we gossip we are also praying, not only for them, but for ourselves.
“The Holy Use of Gossip” in Dakota
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