Recent Articles on Arts and Culture
What does it mean to be in the world, but not of it? Being a Christian does not remove one from the realm of culture; indeed, one might even say that he or she is adopting the symbols and explanations of just another subculture when he or she enters into fellowship with the Church. What ought we to make of the world around us? The arts have long sought to explore the intricacies of human existence, but we must be careful not to limit our analyses to the pursuit of beauty. We are creatures of culture, shrouded in convention, surrounded by cultural artifacts and institutions at every turn. What do they say about us, and what ought we to do about it? How does the knowledge of Christ affect the way the Christian perceives and interacts with the interconnected, interdependent webs of meaning society has spun around itself?
My memory often fails me, but I have a vague recollection of my first kindergarten assignment, and because it was the initial impetus behind this project twenty-five or some-odd years ago, and also because I now find myself (and I suppose this was the impetus behind restarting this project now) preparing for that time when age robs me of my memory entirely, I’ve decided to write it here. Now, this story’s far off, and rather like a dream than an assurance that my remembrance warrants, but it seems to me like something worth preserving. And if some son or daughter, nephew or niece of mine should happen upon this little dream journal, maybe they’ll read it and remember it and, as the Poet wrote, sweep the better part of me into eternity.
PRINCETON, NJ – Shocking reports have recently popped up across Central Jersey of inanimate objects protesting against their usage. Officials initially ignored stories of household items having a voice, but the rising recurrence of similar stories has become impossible to ignore. The first account came several weeks ago, when a domino suddenly spoke to 24-year-old toy
Over time, I’ve felt less and less of a need to seek “evidence” for God’s existence. It’s not that I’ve stumbled into perfect faith –that I absolutely know He exists – but it just doesn’t seem to be worth my time anymore.
It was Hope, unfortunately. Yes, the petite woman talking seriously on the phone outside the café, head tilted down to her right shoulder, swiping at the air with her left hand in frustration, shoulders scrunching up every few steps, striding with the uneven, self-conscious gait of a newborn baby deer – it could only be her.
Mumford and Sons’ highly anticipated new album, Babel, was released on 21 September and has been instantly successful, debuting at the top of the Canadian charts and eventually topping charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand. For many of those who enjoyed their debut album, Sigh No More, this album