Category: Embodiment

A Brief History of Clothing

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part II – A Brief History of Clothing The wool dress I saw at Biola began to work on my mind. The idea of such...

/ February 27, 2008

The Sword and the Shaving Brush – Towards a Biblical Understanding of Fashion

The Sword and the Shaving Brush, Part I Towards a Christian understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part I It was a dress made out of wool—not finely spun wool, not the wool of your favorite sweater, but wool in...

/ February 26, 2008

The Body of Music

Music has a body. Or, as Jeremy Begbie argues in the latest Books and Culture, the expression of music is inseparable from corporeality. Music making and music hearing are ways we engage the physical world. Even in the case of...

/ September 24, 2007

A question for discussion

Which is more important, to know reality or to know yourself? This distinction keeps coming up in the sources I have been reading (or listening to) and I’d like to hear some Mere O readers’ opinions on both sides. Of...

/ June 14, 2007

The Presence of the Past: Cremation and Death

Last night, Joe Carter argued that we have obligations now to people we will meet in the future, such as our spouses.  I pointed out (in the comments) that this would entail that we have obligations now to people in the...

/ January 15, 2007

With Andrew Murray in Christ’s School of Prayer

I recently began to read Andrew Murray’s spiritual classic, With Christ in the School of Prayer. The missionary to Africa bids his fellow disciples in Christ to beg with the 12, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Murray’s philosophy of the...

/ December 18, 2006

Ted Haggard: Bad Fruit Out of a Bad Tree

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil?...

/ November 6, 2006

In Defense of Puck

You’re late for work, but you can’t find your car keys. You walk down the street and suddenly trip over nothing. You turn to sit in your chair, only to fall flat on your bum. Your printer jams minutes before...

/ November 6, 2006

“What’s the Mind Got to Do with It?”: Love, Reason, and Emotion in Jonathan Edwards

Holy affections are not heat without light; but evermore arise from some information of the understanding, or some spiritual instruction that the mind receives, some light or actual knowledge. From the Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, Part III, chapter IV....

/ October 26, 2006

The Divine Light: Augustine’s De Magistro and Edwards’s A Divine and Supernatural Light

In the last couple of days I have read Augustine’s De Magistro or The Teacher, which concerns the nature of true learning. To give a clumsy paraphrase of the subtle dialogue with his son, Adeodatus, he argues that learning (all...

/ October 18, 2006