From Ambiguity to Multiplicity

26 December 2009 Biblical Studies

In a previous post, I talked about the virtues of ambiguity. There I expounded our attraction to the unknown and how that unknown or unknowability causes us to continue to explore. As I read Westphal, I realize, however, that when it comes to interpreting the Word of God, many of us become scared of the unknown. We feel that the Bible should have a plain-sense, cut-and-dry interpretation and we should be able to know what it all means.

Isn’t this nonsense?

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REVIEW: "W." (movie)

17 October 2008 Reviews

This evening, I had the pleasure of seeing W., Oliver Stone‘s new biopic about George W. Bush. The premiere had been Wednesday in New York, and Stone screened it at the Austin Film Festival on Thursday with James Cromwell (who is perhaps nine feet tall!) in attendance and fielding Q&A after the movie. I’ve got […]

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REVIEW: "The Shack" by William P. Young

11 August 2008 Reviews

I have never picked up a piece of “Christian Fiction” before (unless you count C.S. Lewis). But, I decided to read The Shack because there is so much controversy surrounding it, and because my church has decided to have a one night discussion about it. Always needing to be informed and up-to-date, I dove in […]

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REVIEW: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy

4 August 2008 Reviews

I finally got around to reading Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Road. As difficult as it was to get through (I had to put it down at times because I was too horrified by its contents), I must say that this is a stunning work that demands to be read. Unfortunately, I had […]

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App Review: "Fluid" Site Specific Browser (aka SSB)

22 February 2008 Reviews

Lately, I’ve been using a fantastic little OS X app called “Fluid”: Essentially, this is a freestanding, lightweight, WebKit-based browser that can be used to dupe you into thinking that your favorite web apps are actually desktop applications. p=. I’ve been using Fluid for about three weeks now, and just thought I’d offer up my […]

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REVIEW: The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

13 February 2008 Reviews

This is my review from “Goodreads”: The back of this book contains a “PS” section with info about the author and a short interview. In this interview, Chabon defends genre fiction (there is also a list of his favorite genre fiction writers; Raymond Chandler tops that list). I am inclined to agree with Chabon that […]

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Book Review: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

28 January 2008 Reviews

Look, this blog isn’t all fun and games–time for some seriousness! In 2007, Steve Martin published a sort of memoir, Born Standing Up that chronicles his life as a stage performer. From the magic shops of Disneyland to lonely on-the-road burnout to superstardom in the late 1970s, Martin exercises his hindsight, talking about relationships with […]

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There Will Be (another viewing)

26 January 2008 Reviews

Today, Natalie and I saw “__There Will Be Blood__”:, a “P.T. Anderson”: directed morality play for the 21st century. The film pits all the wonderful intensity of a “Daniel Day-Lewis”: performance against the odd realities of early oil prospecting and zealous religious fanatics in turn-of-the-century western United States. I freely admit that when the credits […]

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"The Whore's Child" and "Monhegan Light" by Richard Russo

31 December 2007 Reviews

Generally speaking, I am a Richard Russo fan. For Christmas Natalie gave me The Whore’s Child and Other Stories, a collection of short stories by Mr. Russo. Thus far, I’ve only read two, and I’ve found myself both delighted and disappointed at the same time. My biggest disappointment came with “The Whore’s Child.” While Russo […]

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