Stanley Fish, in a recent New York Times column, tackles those he calls the “schoolyard atheists” who insist that religion is either irrelevant or harmful – and in either case, false. He does this in the context of a reflection on Terry Eagleton’s book, Reason, Faith and Revolution. When Christopher Hitchens declares that given the […]
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On the way home from giving a day of prayer in Jacksonville, Sister Elizabeth and I pass a church. A sign outside exhorts: Get away from yourself. Come to church. “Why would I want to get away from myself?” I think. “I’m the only self I have.” Then I remember what Huston Smith says about […]
One day a number of years ago, I fell asleep during my prayer. As I was sleeping, I heard a voice. I knew this was a dream voice. It spoke only two words: “Enoch choices.” I immediately woke up. “Enoch choices?” I repeated. “What on earth does that mean?” So, remembering that Enoch was mentioned […]
Right after D-Day, our Sister Elizabeth — not yet Sister, but Lieutenant Hillmann — was stationed at a hospital in Bristol. Among her patients was a horribly burned soldier, barely out of childhood when he went off to war. He was burned every place on his body except for his face and the palms […]
I have just finished reading Marilynne Robinson’s remarkable novel, Gilead, which recently won the Pulitzer prize. Very near the end of the book the narrator, an elderly preacher composing a long letter for his young son to read after his death, writes: I love the prairie! So often I have seen the dawn come and […]