We’ve been too busy going to Marilynne Robinson events at the Festival of Faith and Writing to update the site today, but we’ve been to two lectures today, and they have both been amazing. We’ve been live-tweeting snippets from them over at our Twitter page (http://twitter.com/MRASociety).
What Is Truth, and How Do We Recognize It? →
The title here is not rhetorical, but rather the title of a recent address by Robinson to her own church, the Congregational United Church of Christ of Iowa City. UCCIC describes the lecture as the first in a series of “the congregation’s new science and religion initiative made possible by Scientists in Congregations, a program funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation.” How wonderful to...
United We Bicker? →
Another sharp review of When I Was a Child, this time by the wonderfully named Judy Lightfoot (who must have spent the ’70s enduring “Where’s Thunderbolt?” jokes, and also, impromptu renditions of Gordon Lightfoot songs). (I sympathize. My last name is Christman, easily turned into the exasperated and exasperating “Christ, man!”, and my poor mother’s name...
Choosing to see
A nice note from David Vardeman, a former student of Robinson’s who stumbled (or tumbld) upon the blog. He writes: I remember many things she said in passing, and for some reason I most fondly recall her saying, “The desire to see someone as beautiful is often promptly rewarded.” The discussion had centered on the effect of will or willingness on observation. This is certainly...
The main point of the narrative [of Easter] is that God is of a kind to love the...– an Easter excerpt from ‘Wondrous Love’ in When I Was a Child I Read Books.