Posts tagged "SCRIPTURE"

In the World Links: Lost & Found in Translation Edition

Nora Connor: In Poland, the Bhagavad Gita is now available in translation directly from Sanskrit to Polish, thanks to a “late-blooming” student’s doctoral dissertation. In Russia, an appeals court declines to ban the Gita as “extremist” religious literature. In time for Passover, check out the New American Haggadah, translated by Nathan...

HuffPo Scripture

Paul Rauschenbush, religion editor at Huffington Post, announced a new series that will highlight scriptural commentary:
One of the most effective forms of prayer and meditation comes through reflection upon scripture -- and while reading scripture on our own is edifying, it is even better to approach scripture together with a group to learn from...

Better than Mudwrestling

“It is easy to think of Vatican II, which convened during Armstrong’s convent years, as a switch that was flipped: one day, the Roman Catholic church was full of Latin, and the next day everyone prayed in the vernacular. One week, parishioners heard Gregorian chant, and the next guitars and praise choruses. Armstrong’s memories undo...

The Invention of Journalism

“Junior used to say he liked to live in hotels because he was a son of Englishmen. When he said ‘Englishmen,’ he thought of the English who came in the 19th century, of traders and smugglers who abandoned their families and everyone they knew to wander the parts of the world still untouched by the...

This is The End

In honor of Glorious Appearing, the 12th installment of the mega-best-selling Left Behind series, a true tale of the apocalypse from Revealer editor Jeff Sharlet: The Apocalypse is Always Now (But Don’t Tell Joan Didion).

Who Wrote What, When

At Eichler’s bookstore in Flatbush (that’s in Brooklyn, folks), Marc Shapiro‘s new book has been flying off the shelves; at Eichler’s bookstore (unrelated) in Borough Park (Brooklyn, again), it’s been banned. “Due to neighborhood complaints we can’t keep this book on our shelves,” says a store rep. So close, so far. Eichler’s in Flatbush sells to...

“The Ice Storm,” the Sermon

Sometimes an ice storm is just an ice storm; but sometimes, as in Barbara Nicolosi‘s exegesis of Ang Lee‘s film of Rick Moody‘s novel The Ice Storm, it’s a metaphor for everything wrong with the sexual revolution. Nicolosi ties her two subjects together with long excerpts from a 1998 feature in The Ottawa Sun on an ice storm that really was an ice...

You Can Sit On It, You Can Put Your Coffee On It, You Could Make It A Home Entertainment Center — It’s a Religion!

The McSweeney’s gang has graced us with the publication of William T. Vollman‘s seven-volume exploration of violence, Rising Up, Rising Down; one is tempted to see it as something of a prank. But Scott McLemee, one of The Revealer’s favorite critics, sees it assomething else: “Whatever the genre,” he writes in The New York Times Book Review, “it is a remarkable...

Saturday Psalm

“The preaching is Baptist, long and good, about the generations springing up and being cut down like grass. The funeral director, the ‘funeralizer,’ the Gullah say, has the ‘catchers’ — his wife and two male assistants — stationed before the casket. There are eulogies and scattered prayers and finally we join hands for ‘Amazing Grace,’ words from...

Ca-razy for Kabbalah

David Klinghoffer writes erudite but peculiar books. In one, he recalled his teenage self-circumcision as part of a “conversion” experience (to “real” Judaism). In his more recent effort, The Discovery of God, he writes of “the Master of the Universe holding in His hand the desiccated member of [Abraham].” In other words, Klinghoffer, a frequent contributor to The...

Paperless God

“The Death of the Book,” by S. David Marsh, is not, strictly speaking, a religion story. Yet by virtue of its location — Mars Hill Review, one of the best Christian lit magazines around — and its language, it is. “Current death-of-the-book doctrine,” writes Marsh, “is canonized in the horse-and-buggy analogy: as the horse and buggy fared...

Marxists for Christ

“A specter has been haunting Marxism,” writes Eugene McCarraher — “the specter of Christianity.” The heavyweights of Marxist academe (they still walk the earth) have gone and got themselves some God, reports McCarraher. None more so than the so-called “bad boy of theory,” Slavoj Zizek — whom McCarraher describes as “the godless theologian of our time, exhibiting all the...