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(Black Christian Religion) Letter from a Region in My Mind (James Baldwin)

The 1946 photo of James Baldwin is by Richard Avedon, which makes me wonder if Baldwin was already that famous that early on. It accompanies and this piece which you can read here. It was republished in this week’s New … Continue reading

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(The Mediator Descends) Notes on “Roman Catholicism and Political Form” (Carl Schmitt)

After working through material on the politics of the Bavli, I’m now cleaning up my files and decided to dump these reading notes here at the blog for further reference and for the general interest of anyone out there invested, … Continue reading

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Outline of a 6th C. Portrait of Jesus at Shivta with Short Hair and No Beard

From an article here in Haaretz about an archaeological finding in Shivta, in the Negev desert in Israel. The Jesus who emerges off the wall of the church in this high-resolution photograph is a sixth-century portrait of Jesus with short … Continue reading

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Migrant Caravan (Christian Faith & Exodus)

Did the writer of this article which you can read here in the New York Times intentionally write this story about the caravan of migrants working en route to America to read like a religious event, or is it simply … Continue reading

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Jerry-rigged Church Space (Rescue Baptist Church)

Walking down W. 123rd Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick, you are at first not sure what you are looking at. Illuminating a basic point made by Durkheim about the sacred, the only thing that distinguishes Rescue Baptist Church … Continue reading

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(Orange) Tomb & Resurrection (Michelangelo)

One thing I learned from the wall texts at the blockbuster show of Michelangelo drawings at the Met is this. The orange chalk that gives so much of the exhibition its dark glow is unforgiving material on which to draw. … Continue reading

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Black Lines Lift Off From Grayish Space (Resurrection) (Michelangelo)

Put in conversation with the many lavish tombs that Michelangelo designed for Medici and other Italian patrons is the resurrection idea. Now showing at the Met, the drawn studies for the huge Last Judgement fresco at the Vatican come towards … Continue reading

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