Monthly Archives: January 2013

Durer’s Hands

In the last post, we saw the Renaissance through three sculptures of the ancient David of Israel. There is another piece of art — the so-called “Praying Hands” by Albrecht Durer. This is surely one of the most reproduced works … Continue reading

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David in the Renaissance

David, who reigned in Israel around 1000 BC, has a lot to teach us about the Renaissance, which came about 2500 years later. Well, maybe it would be a bit more honest to say that Renaissance statues of David show … Continue reading

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D’Souza’s Distortions

A friend has sent me a video clip of remarks made by Dinesh D’Souza at the Socratic Club at Oregon State University. I’ve listened with some care and find myself thinking once again that the political Right is at least … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Cultural Change

Ned Ludd, says the legend, wasn’t too bright but he knew what he liked and didn’t like. And he didn’t like those new-fangled machines that made socks. So he broke into someone’s house and broke two of them, thus making … Continue reading

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Minnesota Winter Fun

Yes, it is cold in Minnesota right now. Even here we admit it is cold when the temperature is below zero but we look for the beauty and fascination of these times. On Friday evening a warm front moved through … Continue reading

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What is your calling?

Most of us, I suspect, think of God — if at all — as being a kindly father somewhere up beyond the sky, blessing our choices or reprimanding us if need be. The problem with that picture is not just … Continue reading

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The Hockey Season Begins!

Minnesota is hoping to return to some sort of equilibrium this weekend with two great events in the offing. First, we are about to experience our first below-zero high temperature in more than four years. This is What important to … Continue reading

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