In To the Lighthouse, two people who don't get along find themselves looking at a bowl of fruit. "Looking together," writes Woolf, "united them."
Azra Akšamija and Jo Murphy make art that points to things made invisible by fear—both our own fear and our society's.
On Ash Wednesday, as we remember our sins and ask to be forgiven, let's also remember what we love and ask to love it more.
In the 12th century, a Benedictine nun had a vision of Jesus’ humanity. It couldn’t have happened on a better night.
Art, Life and Vision
To give & to receive
I can see my dad's manuscript: the title centered in caps, the body double-spaced and marked up by hand. But I can't remember the words.
What does it mean to "turn to faith"? To gather in the like-minded and bar the door? Or to take a riskier move outward?
As a Lilly Fellow, I was compelled by Mark Schwehn's vision of all academic work as the work of teaching, with love at the core of its mission.
My student hasn’t allegorized Jane Eyre as Origen did the Bible. But she wrestles with passages until the text gives her a blessing.
Read this first
Virginia Woolf’s novel details the ordinary illuminations our lives offer, “matches struck in the dark.”
This Lent, add a journey story to your reading. Follow Gilgamesh to the ends of the earth or the Knights of the Round Table into the forest.
Literary belief is always metaphorical, not actual. What about religious belief?
Captain Phillips emphasizes the larger story: long before they meet, the lives of the pirates and the captain are already bound together.
When a man with an AK-47 entered her school, Antoinette Tuff prayed—and convinced the man to lay his weapon down.
Case by case
Read Ellen Blue's fictional narrative first.
Religious communities have long helped cultivate humanistic practices. We don't often think of ourselves in this way—but what if we did?
The Song of Songs is about cherishing everything that makes another human being distinctive. It's the opposite of indiscriminate violence.
Reviewers of the Piero della Francesca exhibit seem to want to hold the Renaissance painter's genius close but his religion at arm's length.
The journals of Merton, Woolf and others encouraged me to see my birthday as a new beginning—and to live my 50th year as a year of jubilee.
What are university churches for? Are they nostalgic relics, settings for academic rites, anomalies in uneasy relationship with schools' priorities?
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