Topic: Literature and the Arts

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    “A Franciscan told me once, ‘Don’t keep track of the score. The score will take care of itself.’” Writer James Lee Burke’s best-selling crime novels are full of biblical imagery, messianic language, the influences of his Roman Catholic boyhood, and a longing for redemption. More

    October 11, 2013 | Comments

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    “The Arab world will always be a religious place,” says film director Haifaa Al-Mansour, but “it’s important not to see ourselves as us against the world. It’s more of us with the world.” More

    September 23, 2013 | Comments

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    The oldest surviving English version of the New Testament Gospels withstood Viking raids and the Dark Ages to be exhibited this summer at Durham Cathedral. More

    September 20, 2013 | Comments

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    This modern artist’s body of work was based on the Hebrew Bible and the Jewish Jesus, often depicted with tallit and phylacteries. More

    September 20, 2013 | Comments

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    We caught up last month at the 9:30 Club in Washington with Robert Randolph and the Family Band and their “House of God sound.” More

    September 16, 2013 | Comments

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    Watch Bobby McFerrin’s recent performance of “Fix Me Jesus” in the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. More

    August 9, 2013 | Comments

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    “God moves through the artist,” says Rev. Walter Smith, president of the HeathCare Chaplaincy in New York City, and the paintings, sculpture, and installations that result are “avodah”—a single act of both work and worship. More

    July 26, 2013 | Comments

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    The best-selling poet “helped present an appealing mystical idea of the wisdom of the East. He was someone who helped humanize and popularize Eastern thought,” says literary critic Liesl Schillinger. More

    July 12, 2013 | Comments

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    When former Microsoft executive John Wood discovered the world’s need for books, he was trekking in Nepal and recalling what he had read in the Dalai Lama’s book “The Art of Happiness” about the importance of giving something to someone in need. More

    May 3, 2013 | Comments

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    “Hymnody touches people so much because most people learn hymns when they are children, and then it reminds them of something…Hymns that represent this ideal of the afterlife—that’s the world I love.” More

    February 8, 2013 | Comments

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