Week of April 24, 2011
Week of April 24, 2011

Week of April 24, 2011

April 29 th 2011

1. Marilynne Robinson on Christian Liberalism

: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead delivered the Kuyper Prize Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary's Kuyper Center a few weeks ago. Here's a summary and a link to the MP3.

2. '

The Phantom Tollbooth

' and the Wonder of Words: grom novelist Michael Chabon.

3. "From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In the corpse's core, the stone fist
of his heart began to bang
on the stiff chest's door, and breath spilled
back into that battered shape. Now

it's your limbs he comes to fill, as warm water
shatters at birth, rivering every way."
—Mary Karr, "Descending Theology: The Resurrection"



4. ". . . Thus hung, your ribcage struggles up
to breathe until you suffocate, give up the ghost.
If God permits this, one wonders how
this twirling earth

manages to navigate the gravities and star tugs . . ."
—Mary Karr, "Descending Theology: The Crucifixion"
(Read the rest at NPR's

The Writer's Almanac


5. " . . . He wished with all his being to stay
but gave up
bargaining at the sky. He knew
it was all mercy anyhow,
unearned as breath. The Father couldn't intervene,
though that gaze was never
not rapt, a mantle around him. This
was our doing, our death . . ."
—Mary Karr, "Descending Theology: The Garden"
(Read the rest at NPR's

The Writer's Almanac


6. "Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells' dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall."

Read the rest of John Updike's poem "Seven Stanzas at Easter."



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