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Review of Christian Wiman's 'My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer'

(3) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:18 PM

I carried My Bright Abyss with me for weeks. I had difficulty finishing and then writing about it. Of course, I had the usual excuses---work, deadlines, family. All this was ultimately balderdash. Plainly, I was resisting the book. In part, this was because it can be intellectually knotty,...

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Why Are We Surprised By the Newtown Murders?

(44) Comments | Posted December 25, 2012 | 2:31 PM

Shock, sorrow, surprise. Shock, sorrow, surprise. Shock, sorrow, surprise.

Since the Newtown murders on Friday, Dec. 15, this trinity of responses has reverberated in the media and public and private exchanges among observers to the slaughter.

Only the deadened heart cannot feel shock and sorrow. But...

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Review: 'Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate And Family Secrets In The Age Of Genetic Testing'

(81) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:26 AM

Review of Robert L. Klitzman, M.D. Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 365

I was a child dark of hair, eyes and skin. My sister M. was as fair and blue-eyed as...

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Discovering My Faith As A Religious Minority In A Foreign Country

(88) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 6:48 AM

The most searching way to discover, recover, or practice one's faith is to be a member of a religious minority--to live on a small island of Otherness in an archipelago of bigger religions or in the lake of a theocracy. The situation can be agreeable or dangerous. This is a...

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