Theology of Empire

This weekend I received the latest issue of Sojourners, in which editor-in-chief Jim Wallis discusses the neocon move toward empire and the bad theology that Bush uses to promote it.

Aug 12, 2003
Category: Debris, Politics

It Smells Like . . . Victory

I was aware of Sheen’s activism, of course — it’s near impossible not to be when he is so often demonized by the conservative media — but I’d never heard him explain so rationally and passionately his motivations.

Jul 9, 2003
Category: Debris, Politics

A Dangerous Admission

I’m slowly waking to the realization that I’m a socialist.

May 24, 2003
Category: Debris, Politics

Christian Nation

“Christian” — if you mean by Christian what the Sermon on the Mount says — is a weighty word, and it’s serious, and, most remarkable of all, it’s full of grace. Please don’t affix that word to this country, which, for some reason, has been blessed with the delicate gift of democracy but will never deserve it.

May 8, 2003
Category: Debris, Politics

News from the Front

Tonight, I listened to Shane Claiborne tell stories about Baghdad. He’s taller than I expected (6′ 3″, maybe) and skinnier and younger. I mean, I knew he was young, but after reading his diaries for the last few weeks I somehow expected him to carry the weight of his experience in his skin.

Apr 10, 2003
Category: Debris, Politics


Two quotes from Tony Kushner.

Mar 27, 2003
Category: Drama, Words

Tarkovsky and Sandwiches

I spent my lunch hour (and then some) sitting around a table with the senior pastor of a Presbyterian church, the priest of a local Orthodox congregation, and three other laymen, discussing Andrei Rublev.

Jan 7, 2003
Category: Debris, Film

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

What Bergman does get absolutely right in Through a Glass Darkly, though, is the very real horror of the existential crisis, the moment when Camus’s Sisyphus pauses, watching his stone roll once again down the mountain.

Jan 2, 2003
Category: Film, Film Responses

Hauerwas, Bush, and Alexander

After listening to me ramble incessantly, a professor recently pointed me toward Stanley Hauerwas. I now see why.

Nov 20, 2002
Category: Debris, Politics

Holy Moments

Film, when rightly enjoyed, can offer holy moments such as this during which we are able to escape, even if only temporarily, from this “extraordinary egoism” into the freedom of God’s grace, experiencing anew the beautiful complexity of his creation and our selfless calling in it.

Oct 22, 2002
Category: Essays, Film