When the Handmaiden Usurps the Throne: Liberating Theology from the Liberal Arts

In Kate DiCamillo’s Tale of Despereaux, a maidservant, Miggery Sow, usurps the place of Princess Pea. The maidservant, dull, ugly, and cruel, is a mockery of the true lady. In the halls of learning, something similar has happened. Philosophy, and the liberal arts under them were once understood to be the handmaid of Theology, the … Continue reading When the Handmaiden Usurps the Throne: Liberating Theology from the Liberal Arts

The Heart of Wisdom Literature: Reflecting on the Form and Content of Ecclesiastes

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). It would be a problem if Wisdom Literature was written only for the wise! Rather, it is written from wisdom for wisdom. This is no paradox; it is divine pedagogy, in which form and content meet most felicitously. Habits of … Continue reading The Heart of Wisdom Literature: Reflecting on the Form and Content of Ecclesiastes

Betrayed

Betrayed  “May I speak with you, my Liege?” “Come in, Deacon.” “I am troubled.” “What troubles you?” “I have not received my promotion.” “Are you sure?” “Yes, my Lord.” “You seem grieved.” “Have I not served you well? Have I not labored for you?” “You have labored.” “Then am I not ready to enter further … Continue reading Betrayed

And the Seven Left no Offspring: An Allegorical Reflection on Sunday’s Reading

And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? … Continue reading And the Seven Left no Offspring: An Allegorical Reflection on Sunday’s Reading