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  • don bosch 9:06 am on 11/05/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: Is Religion Inherently Violent? In her new book, Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars.

    The book tackles a simple question: Has religion been the cause of all the major wars in history? If you want to save yourself several hundred thousand words, the short answer is: no.

  • don bosch 8:56 am on 09/09/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: Father Sergius, by Leo Tolstoy

    The young, proud Stepan Kasatsky has a seemingly bright future ahead of him: he has risen to a high rank in the Russian army, and he will soon marry the beautiful Countess Mary Korotkova. When Stepan discovers his fiancée’s infidelity—with Czar Nicholas I, no less—he experiences such heartbreak and humiliation that he flees, later dedicating himself to the Russian Orthodox Church. He takes the name “Father Sergius.” Although he becomes a celebrated churchman, he continues to struggle with pride and lust. Written during Tolstoy’s later, post-conversion years, Father Sergius shares the characteristic messages of humility, abstinence, self-denial, and total faith in God. In 1917, Yakov Protazanov, one of the founding fathers of Russian cinema, directed a film inspired by the novella.

  • don bosch 12:43 pm on 09/05/2014 Permalink
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    Poetry: The Day I Stood in the Command Tent Hearing of Your Death, Father

    Twenty­four hours earlier I’d earned the right
    to have my nametags sewn onto my uniform.

    In a week I would be called Airman, not puke,
    moron or imbecile. The talks I thought we’d have

    surged electric as I sat there on the bus heading out
    to Warrior Week—finally my flight and I away

    from the dorms, away from the blue ropes
    and concrete parade grounds. All I had to do

    was be a great night watch, learn self aid
    and buddy care, qualify with an M­16, (More …)

  • don bosch 11:43 am on 09/05/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: James Woods’ classic take-down of Faux-Dickensian “Hysterical Realism.”

  • don bosch 8:36 am on 09/03/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark, Sam Stephenson, ed.

  • don bosch 10:45 am on 08/25/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: Father and Son poetry

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