Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
At a historical art exhibit, I read that the images on display were intended for private devotion. Would it have been subversive of me to pray?
Dante’s Divine Comedy, if we are willing to read it whole, has a deep unity. The tradition of its interpretation does not.
As we unpack the same ornaments, read the same stories and entertain the same deep thoughts our ancestors did, we have every reason to be gloriously unoriginal.
Sometimes it feels like a thick mist has descended on us, distorting communication. But then a face shines through the mist and dispels it.
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