But there was love, love, love,
dripping from our hands.
We both gripped the sharp edge,
and it was painful
Singing to Jesus with Eyes Closed
You would think Berkeley had suddenly transformed into an Evangelical school.
For the most part, we had a lot of fun hearing from our readers about their altarpieces for the “What’s on Your Shelf?” collection, which goes up on the site today. But one submission was nothing of the sort. In the guise of Christian compassion, we got an ill-informed attack on something no less sacred…
The Sapphire in Hildegard’s Wine
On the frontispiece of Hildegard von Bingen’s Scivias, the nun is propping her feet on a stool—perhaps to elevate her knees high enough to compose the first strokes of her fantastical visions. She is sketching on a wax tablet, dictating to the monk Volmar (her secretary of sixty years), Hildegard scholars tell us, and an…
The Proof Industry
Today at The Guardian, a bit of a glimpse into my ongoing obsessions about proofs for the existence of God. Just last night, sifting through a novella I wrote as a freshman in college, I discovered a whole forgotten chapter about the proofs—for some reason, they have been following me so doggedly all these years.…
KtB: Above Deepak Chopra
TJ Vazquez writes: I just wanted to say that I think KtB is amazing. I saw Believer, Beware at Barnes and Noble. It was hilarious to me that in the intro Jeff Sharlet cracks a joke about being shelved near Deepak Chopra and that’s exactly where I found your new book: right above his. I…
Shattered Faith in Two Parts
Women victims are the latest to find a voice in the Catholic abuse scandal, but who will listen to their song?