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Kathleen Moore

The Redemptive Suffering of Motherhood in Kristin Lavransdatter

Through the mystery of the Incarnation, the divide between the physical and spiritual is mended as the physical is elevated through its relation to the eternal. In order for Kristin to be saved then, she must learn to cling to the mystery of the Incarnation, mending the divide between her will and God’s. This is no easy task, for the Incarnation necessitates the Cross.

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Reaching for the Divine: A Contemplation of Dance

This dancer embodies geometry by creating lines and shapes, and she embodies arithmetic by solving an equation within her body. As one leg reaches to create a line beyond her ear, the foot in opposition holds her firmly to the ground. Her arms equally form a circle about her head; she doesn’t have to think about whether or not her arms are equal, she knows her arms are equal. Her eyes know the angle at which to look at the ground. Her body knows the created patterns, equations, and lines.

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Three Lessons for the Fourth

So, to complement all the other ways we mark Independence Day—in John Adams’s words, by “solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty” as well as “Pomp and Parade, […] Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations”—here are three overlooked lessons from the Declaration of Independence.

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Mark the Music

It is because of music’s close imitation of virtue or vice that music is so crucial for one’s moral formation. And this is why Socrates banishes music from his Republic; he finds music too powerful when manipulating the passions and forming the virtues of his citizens.

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Against Method

What pertains to the uses of intellect divides into the particular and the human.  Human uses go to the intellectual act proper to human beings, such that any creature undertaking that act would, eo ipso, count for us as human, namely: to ask a genuine question; to formulate in language the unqualified desire to know; to respond to wonder through inquiry.

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Brontë’s Vision of Romantic Love

In a strict, Calvinist boarding school in the cold and wet environs of Northwestern England, amid “clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating,” Charlotte Brontë’s fictional orphan, Jane, begins to undergo a series of hardships that form in her a strong moral compass and an equally strong desire for a love she has never had.

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Plato's Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC

The Republic is the most complete attempt by Plato to articulate and answer the question, “What is the best way of life for a human being?” It is

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