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Easter | Passover | Ramadan

Rare Convergences and Sacred Calendars

The convergence of sacred calendars, rare as it is, should help marshal the will of believers in these traditions to live fully into human time fearlessly seeking reconciliation among their traditions even as these calendars offer the violent and death-riddled cultures a different setting of life.

April 20, 2022

Science | Passover | Easter | human dignity | religious ethics

On Black Holes and Human Significance

Events from recent weeks raise questions about the connection between size (physical or otherwise) and human significance. Of course, there are homey sayings like “good things come in small packages” or “bigger is better” that, truth be told, experie...

April 22, 2019

Christianity | Easter

Parades, Peeps, and Paradoxes

Easter parades survive in classic Hollywood films, on the avenues near cathedrals (which paraders pass but rarely frequent), in peeps, and in song. Seldom is there a trace of connection to the religious event which prompts Easter celebrations. Eviden...

April 2, 2018

Handel's Messiah | Christmas | Advent | George Frideric Handel | Victorian Era | Easter | Michael Marissen | Charles Jennens

Handel's Messiah: A Christmas Oratorio? -- Emily C. Hoyler

The Christian season of Advent abounds with traditions that have been upheld, invented, and reimagined over the centuries. In the West, one such tradition is attending Handel’s oratorio, Messiah (1741), with its famed “Hallelujah” chorus. Every Decem...

December 25, 2014