Thursday's News & Ideas
- The pain of unbelief, and of belief
- Recruiting new monks (and you thought YOU had a tough time recruiting!)
- A history of inauguration bibles
News & Ideas, January 15, 2009
Monasteries in drive to recruit more novices. Guardian (London): Religious orders are offering 'taster' weekends to stem a near-terminal decline in numbers.
'I do solemnly swear…' Wall Street Journal: Inaugural Bibles, President by President
Organization launched to inspire, support future preachers. Religion Press Release Services: Lilly Endowment Inc. funds pilot phase for the Academy of Preachers.
My bright abyss. The American Scholar: Poet Christian Wiman never felt the pain of unbelief until he believed. But belief itself is hardly painless.
Listening to Schroeder. In the world of “Peanuts,” Schroeder was the Beethoven-obsessed music nerd who lost patience when Lucy interrupted his practice and who called time-outs as a baseball catcher to share composer trivia with the pitcher. Yet, musicologists and art curators have learned that there was much more than a punch line to Charles Schulz’s invocation of Beethoven’s music, the New York Times reports. More than an illustration, the music was a carefully chosen soundtrack to the strip, introducing the characters’ state of emotion, prompting one of them to ask a question or punctuating an interaction.