vol. 9, num. 19 :: 2010.10.22 — 2010.11.04
Throughout human history, we’ve expressed our ideas about truth with images that carry vastly different meanings. Think: hanging it on a flagpole or panning for gold or trying to catch a moonbeam in your hand. Do you meet the word with a swell of confidence or a shudder of unease? Or maybe both?
A crime reporter's perspective on nothing but the truth.
A childhood of gathering evidence gives way to an adulthood of storytelling.
On truth, interpretation and the search for a bible-based way of life.
Wrestling with truth in the context of taste and interpretation.
An interview with John Van Sloten, author of The Day Metallica Came to Church.
A reflection on religious identity and the freedom of commitment.
On Emerson's understanding of the soul and the search for divine truth.
I thought liberal arts classes would be boring, until I started finding God in every one of them.
Who are the gatekeepers of God?s truth?
How and why college sophomores are learning to embrace apocalypse.
Astra Taylor’s car-ride interview with the Princeton philosopher.
James K.A. Smith on postmodern philosophy, interpretation and the Bible.
We have to acknowledge that the help that comes after the violence has been done, though it undeniably helps, is not a solution to violence. The solution, many times more complex and difficult, would be to go beyond our ideas, obviously insane, of war as the way to peace and of permanent damage to the ecosphere as the way to wealth. Actually to help our suffering of one man-made horror after another, we would have to revise radically our understanding of economic life, of community life, of work, and of pleasure. We employ thousands of scientists and spend billions of dollars to reduce matter to its smallest particles and to search for farther stars. How many scientists and how many dollars are devoted to harmony between economy and ecology, or to amity and lenity in the face of hatred and killing? To learn to meet our needs without continuous violence against one another and our only world would require an immense intellectual and practical effort, requiring the help of every human being perhaps to the end of human time. This would be work worthy of the name “human.” It would be fascinating and lovely.
“The Commerce of Violence” in Our Only World
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