The Magic of God

Talking with a friend the other day who grew up in Iran, he told me that as a young boy he would walk into the home of an Armenian friend (Christians), and he immediately knew there was something different, something he couldn’t quite put his finger on, something good. Every car mechanic, he says, in…

Truth for Beauty’s Sake

One more quick thought about my earlier post on truth: Defending the “truthiness” of truth is as much a defense of beauty and aesthetics as it is a doctrinal defense. Insisting that we guard truth carefully is like defending school bus yellow or fire engine red. There are many variations on red and yellow, and…

WordFlood

We have been inundated with words. The relatively recent neologism “mass media” is an attempt to simply describe this growing flood. Of course it includes images, art, film, but wound through it all are words, words, words. Thousands of dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances, anthologies rush through the air via fiber optics or some such wizardry, and…

The Truth in the Jungle

Jesus upholds all things by the word of His power. Only in Jesus do all things make sense. Part of this is protological: He created all things. Part of this is ontological: He upholds all things. Part of this is eschatological: All things are being brought together in Him. This means of necessity that everything…

A Translation of God’s Logic

The words ‘God said’ appear ten times in the creation account. In this way the creation narrative anticipates the Ten Commandments. This makes us realize that these Ten Commandments are, as it were, an echo of the creation; they are not arbitrary inventions for the purpose of erecting barriers to human freedom but signs pointing…

On Beauty & Being Christian

This world is a treasure trove. Not only are the mountains filled with gold, the mountains are gold. They are golden with sunlight, golden with wild flowers, golden with leaves preparing for flight. And everything we touch is gold. Billions of icons walking and talking, gilded with flesh and blood, breathing and laughing glory. Where…

One Beat

10.25.13 For J.D.S.   One glimpse is all it takes, one moment: my breath In the icy air, one beat of one heart would be enough To blind, suffocate, arrest. The infinite rushing, crushing The finite. The universe coming down on my head. How does my body not crumple like a can?   It is…

Lamitudes

One of the ways Christians often handcuff themselves for the mission Jesus has given us is by misunderstanding the nature of sin. Here we need a heavy dose of Augustine who explained that evil is the absence of good, the privation of good. Which means that evil is always parasitic. There is no such thing…

Still Twitching

Christians will always be for a “third way.” Individual Christians may be members of particular political parties, organizations, cultures, denominations, associations, whatever, but they do so always tentatively, with relative loyalty to the party. Our citizenship is in heaven. We are colonists of another Empire. We are here to establish that Kingdom and its norms,…

The Cruciform Heart of the Arts

Part of the challenge of addressing the topic of Christians and the Arts is that Art and Beauty are some of the biggest idols in our day. Consider the fashion industry, movies, video games, theater, and popular music. Even sports have enormous aesthetic angles with their paraphernalia and nicknacks. You can tell the gods a culture…