You never Enjoy the World aright, till you see how a Sand Exhibiteth the Wisdom and Power of God. Thomas Traherne (d. 1674) was a country priest from Hereford, largely unknown in his own time. He lived a simple life, publishing only one book, and that anonymously. After his death, his reputation for saintliness … Continue reading Thomas Traherne and the “Infant-Ey”
One of Anglican theologian Austin Farrer’s interests was the nature of religious truth, that is, the form knowledge of God takes in the human mind. Many of his writings try to work out a theory of religious epistemology. This question is of some importance for teachers, especially of those of religious persuasion. After all, teachers … Continue reading Austin Farrer and Where Knowledge of God Begins
Throughout the year, we need to be reminded to slow down and appreciate the beauty of life in all its seasons. These twelve films do exactly that for me, here paired with a month for which they seem (to me) to have some affinity. Many of these films are not easy, especially for those of … Continue reading Films for the Twelve Months
Every society tells a story about itself. As James Baldwin explained over the course of his career, America’s story is one of rugged heroism, in which a few brave souls ventured into hostile and uncivilized regions and established a republic of justice and general benevolence. This narrative, he further insisted, is not only inadequate, but … Continue reading James Baldwin on Teaching
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