Is This The World’s Most Coveted Painting?

Photo: ©Paul M.R. Maeyaert. The Ghent Altarpiece, or Adoration of the Mystic Lamb , by Jan van Eyck is considered the first great painting of the Renaissance—and apparently the most coveted : It’s the size of a barn door, weighs more than an elephant, and is one of the most famous . . . . Continue Reading »

Why No Narnian Nativity?

I know the Chronicles of Narnia are not straightforward allegory, but I also know that the stone table of Aslan is the cross of Christ (depending on what the meaning of “is” is). And without any cramming or reductionism, astute readers can follow the imagination of C.S. Lewis as it maps . . . . Continue Reading »

Reading the Bible

New York is digging out from a big snowstorm, which means a quiet day at the office, allowing me to catch up on some of my reading, including Verbum Domini , the Apostolic Exhortation concerning scripture and interpretation put out by Pope Benedict last fall. There’s lots of rich material . . . . Continue Reading »

The Snowman As Scapegoat

I wonder what Rene Girard would make of this  Smithsonian magazine article on the history of snowmen being treated as scapegoats: Some of these early postcards show snowmen being bludgeoned by two-by-fours and stomped on by tots. There are examples of snowmen being held up by gunpoint by . . . . Continue Reading »