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As many of you know, I don't come from a small "town;" I come from a small village. Embro, Ontario had a population of just about 600 people when I was growing up, without even the one proverbial stoplight to slow down passers-through who would miss it if they blinked. If you've read an Alice Munro story or a Robertson Davies novel--especially the Deptford trilogy--you'll have a pretty good se... Read more of this blog post »
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Desiring the Kingdom: Worsh...
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Who's Afraid of Postmoderni...
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Letters to a Young Calvinis...
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“All discourses and disciplines proceed from commitments and beliefs that are ultimately religious in nature. No scientific discourse (whether natural science or social science) simply discloses to us the facts of reality to which theology must submit; rather, every discourse is, in some sense, religious. The playing field has been leveled. Theology is most persistently postmodern when it rejects a lingering correlational false humility and instead speaks unapologetically from the the primacy of Christian revelation and the church's confessional language.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“We all - whether naturalists, atheists, Buddhists, or Christians - see the world through the grid of an interpretive framework - and ultimately this interpretive framework is religious in nature, even if not allied with a particular institutional religion.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“Discipleship and spiritual formation are less about erecting an edifice of knowledge than they are a matter of developing a Christian know-how that intuitively understands the world in light of the Gospel.”
James K.A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

“In every sphere of life, form is the beginning of things. […] Forms are the food of faith, cried Newman in one of those great moments of sincerity that made us admire the know the man. […] The Creeds are believed, not because they are rational, but because they are repeated.”
Oscar Wilde, Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

“Lo maravilloso
nos envuelve y nos empapa
como la atmósfera;
y, sin embargo, no lo vemos.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“I read poems for the pleasure of the mouth. My heart is in my mouth, and the sound of poetry is the way in." ~from an interview in Narrative magazine”
Donald Hall




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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jun 06, 2013 08:55AM)

Alex Stroshine So when are you and Dr. Craig going to have a debate on postmodernism and its relationship with Christianity?

Happy Sabbatical!


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