Topic: Literature and the Arts

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    It’s Oscar time, and as the Academy Awards are handed out this weekend, revisit our archive of interviews and stories about such recent films as The Tree of Life, Higher Ground, The Way, and more. More

    February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

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    “In times when we are not particularly suffering, we do not have enough time for God. We are too busy with other things. And then the intense suffering comes, and we can not be busy with other things. And then God comes into the equation,” says the author of “A Wrinkle in Time.” More

    February 10, 2012 | Comments (2)

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    Director Terrence Malik’s new movie is a meditation on traditional Christian questions about evil, suffering, grace, and beauty, says Calvin College professor of English Roy Anker. More

    January 24, 2012 | Comments (11)

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    “When somebody dies in Christ, or dies a Christian, it’s a good thing because he’s going to God. He has died on a good path,” says Nii Adei Klu. More

    January 13, 2012 | Comments (2)

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    From generation to generation, adults and children have reenacted the story of the humble origins of Jesus and conveyed the Christmas message. More

    December 9, 2011 | Comments (2)

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    Actor Martin Sheen says his new movie about the Camino de Santiago is ultimately about “a journey of the spirit as well as the flesh” as well as a search for ritual and transcendence. More

    October 14, 2011 | Comments (4)

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    Actress Vera Farmiga plays a woman who is “wrestling with the Lord and refusing to let him go until she understands and until he blesses her,” says writer and author Frederica Mathewes-Green. More

    October 6, 2011 | Comments (1)

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    What is the common denominator when it comes to the melodies of Jewish klezmer music and African-American gospel music? Soul. More

    June 28, 2011 | Comments (1)

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    To mark his 70th birthday on May 24, we reprise an essay on religion, spirituality, and Bob Dylan, who once said, “There’s mystery, magic, truth, and the Bible in great folk music. I can’t hope to touch that. But I’m going to try.” More

    May 18, 2011 | Comments (6)

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    Praying with the relics of a saint, says Walters Art Museum curator Martina Bagnoli, was “a kind of way of channeling your prayer to heaven.” More

    May 6, 2011 | Comments (1)

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