bible and biblical ideas

Things in English are just….well,…better

by Anna Blanch on March 6, 2011

I give you the self superiority of the STC in the 19th Century. Our version of the Bible is to be loved and prized for this, as for a thousand other things, — that it has preserved a purity of meaning to many terms of natural objects. Without this holdfast, our vitiated imaginations would refine [...]

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Literature and the Bible

by Anna Blanch on February 26, 2011

I take up this work with the purpose to read it for the first time as I should any other work, — as far at least as I can or dare. For I neither can, nor dare, throw off a strong and awful prepossession in its favour — certain as I am that a large [...]

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No Christianity Please, We’re Academics

by Anna Blanch on July 30, 2010

A must read piece today by Timothy Larsen in Inside Higher Ed on Academics, Faith and Discrimination, titled, “No Christianity Please, We’re Academics”

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The Old Testament Is Literature Too

by Anna Blanch on July 27, 2010

For Literary Scholars, the bible is a kind of omni-sourcebook. That is, the influence of the bible on Western Literature over the last 1000 years cannot be overestimated. It is omni-present hovering at least in the background and often in the mid or foreground as authors respond to it, revisioning passages and images, either rejecting [...]

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Calvin Stapert on Mozart

by Anna Blanch on March 10, 2010

Here’s an interview with Calvin Stapert, on the sense of resolution, completion, and the sense of the goodness of creation in Mozart’s music in Volume 90 of Mars Hill Audio Journal. This is one of the free Mars Hill Hill Audio bonus tracks! If you are interested this is a good reason to join the [...]

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Quote of the Week: Faith In What?

by Anna Blanch on November 1, 2009

I do not recall another period when “faith” was as popular as it is today. If only we believe hard enough we’ll make it somehow. So goes the popular chant. What you believe is not important. Only believe…What is overlooked in all this is that faith is good only when it engages truth; when it [...]

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Samuel Johnson and being matriculated

by Anna Blanch on September 28, 2009

In November 1752 Samuel Johnson wrote these words, which on my first official “matriculated” (as they say here in Scotland) day as a PhD candidate I find particularly apt. May they bless you also! Almighty God, in whose hands are all the powers of man; who givest understanding, and takest it away; who as it [...]

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Goannatree’s Purpose

by Anna Blanch on September 3, 2009

I thought it time to get back to basics with a fundamental post on the basic premises of this blog. My stated aim, as seen over there on the sidebar at right is that this blog is about: Examining faith, the Bible, and theology,in the context of literature,popular culture and current affairs. I should note [...]

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Creation as a Conversation: Craig Holdrege

August 27, 2009

Craig Holdrege speaks on the “conversational” quality of our engagement with Creation in Vol. 92 of Mars Hill Audio Journal. Subscribers to the CD version of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal receive an additional “bonus track” which are now available in MP3 format free to anyone who’d like to listen. Here is the full list [...]

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Crashing the marbles together: evolution as a religion?

August 24, 2009

James A. Herrick speaks on evolution as a religion. – Vol. 93 of Mars Hill Audio Journal. Subscribers to the CD version of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal receive an additional “bonus track” which are now available in MP3 format free to anyone who’d like to listen. Here is the full list of free interviews. [...]

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