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Seeing Black people in scripture

Esau McCaulley’s book reclaims what the Black church has always known. What does it mean to exercise hope while reading the Bible? Esau McCaulley approaches this question through the perspectives and questions Black readers bring to the interpretation of scripture. Reading While Black is a much-needed addition…
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April 20, 2021
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Misdirected Passion

Perhaps a hundred years ago feels too distant to be relevant. How much more disconnected does seven hundred years ago feel? Yet, when reporters asked Sigrid Undset why she wrote medieval sagas, the Nobel Prize winning novelist answered, “You can only write novels of your…
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April 20, 2021
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What the Humanities Battle Is For

We’ve become accustomed to the “battle” language with regards to the liberal arts and the humanities in higher education. What if we pause for a moment to consider who is fighting whom and who are the casualties of this war? When we draw out the…
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April 13, 2021
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What Makes a Life

This is a story that begins with the end of the world. As a young man named Sam Waxworth arrives from “the provinces” to start his new up-and-coming job in New York City, he watches a long-bearded, seemingly fanatical Herman Nash proclaim that the world…
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August 16, 2020
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Engaging the Catholic Imagination

In September 2019 Loyola University in Chicago hosted the third biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, attended by hundreds of writers, readers, teachers, publishers, and aficionados of Catholic literature. Headliners include National Book Award winners, bestselling memoirists, award-winning playwrights and filmmakers, and beloved poets: Alice McDermott, Tobias Wolff,…
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Poetry with the Power to Rescue Us

A new collection of poems from Brett Foster helps us see lost goods, neglected beauties, and forgotten truths. Brett Foster and I had planned to meet for dinner on November 14, 2015; instead, I attended his funeral. I had not heard back from him in weeks…
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April 18, 2020
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When Great Writers Wrestle with Faith

Why have so many modern novelists and poets chased after (and fled from) God? The metaphors we use in given situations show us more about our assumptions than we often realize. In politics, we speak of the “arena,” our “opponents,” or even “battle lines.” Our…
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January 10, 2019