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Marilynne Robinson | Dawkins | ‘An Intellectually and Culturally Informed Christianity’

A rare interview in today’s Guardian with the author of Gilead, Housekeeping and now Home, includes this lovely quote regarding Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens: “[Dawkins] acts as if the physical world that is manifest to us describes reality exhaustively. I’m not impressed with the quality of [his] writing, or of Christopher Hitchens’ writing. If [...]

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Albums Are Dead | Long Live the Album-as-Software

Interesting piece on the Black Eyed Peas, who are releasing their forthcoming album with a deliberate view to listeners mashing it up, uploading the results – which could then be released as an ‘upgrade’ in the future. Another example of how piracy has actually energised bands and the music industry to innovate.

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We Turn From the Light to See

“We turn from the light to see.” Don Paterson, The Book of Shadows. Technorati: Paterson

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The Long Road | Restorative Theatre

I went to see The Long Road at the Soho Theatre on Tuesday night. It’s a new play by Shelagh Stephenson based on her experience of working with Synergy Theatre and The Forgiveness Project in some of the UK’s toughest gaols. It’s been directed by Synergy founder (and brother of Jonny) Esther Baker, and follows [...]

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“The Man Who Betrays God is the Stronger of the Two”

I’ve been reading some Yeats recently. In his short play, Calvary, Jesus is confronted by Judas as he walks with his cross: Judas: I betrayed you because you seemed all powerful. Jesus: My Father, Even if now I were to whisper it, Would break the world in his miraculous fury To set me free. Judas: [...]

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Cans Festival | Get Your Stencils Ready

“A street party of stencil art” Leake Street, London Waterloo. 3-5th May. Technorati: London

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Slow Media ¦ One Day Poem

Beautiful piece flagged here. The lines of a poem appear and disappear on the floor of a pavillion as the sun moves, shining through precisely arranged perforations. The artist, Jiyeon Song, is concerned that we are rushing too quickly through our finite life, and missing so much by doing so.

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Stem Sell Research

Not content with starting a whole new business model for selling music, Radiohead have also now worked to subvert the remix business by making the stems of one of their tracks, Naked, available here. Nice touch. Release the DNA, see what evolves. See what people have grown, and vote, here. Technorati: Naked

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Becoming Christian ¦ Kierkegaard

Another excellent programme from BBC’s In Our Time, which this week looks at Soren Kierkegaard. It’s a really good introduction to his thinking, and has some wonderful sections around the idea of subverting those who consider themselves to ‘be’ Christians, and how Kierkegaard considered this to be impossible… There’s also an honest confession from a [...]

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Time and Chance | Theology | Sport

It’s been a huge day of sport in the UK. Depressingly the team I support got dumped out of a cup competition, and England were also beaten in a big rugby international by Scotland. But later on, Jonny’s team – who’ve had literally hundreds of millions of pounds spent on players since being bought by [...]

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