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Michael Simms: God, Poetry and Trauma

In the 19th century, if you asked a scientist whether he believed in God, he would have answered, ‘Of course, I don’t believe in God, I’m a scientist.” But if you ask a scientist today whether he believes in God, he would answer, “Of course, I believe in God, I’m a scientist.”

October 22, 2022 · 19 Comments

Al Maginnes: God in Retirement

A little more wine before the sisters
of the scarlet moon perform their ritual
dance again.

August 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Joel Baden | The Bible Doesn’t Say What You Think It Does

Nearly 80 percent of all Americans think the Bible is either literally true or is the inspired word of God. And yet, most Americans have no idea what is actually in the Bible. So we have the paradoxical situation in which we as a culture “have invested the words of this book with amazing authority even when we don’t know what these words are and what they mean.”

August 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Kathryn Levy: The Story of Apples

They peered at the apples
in the Apple Museum, or the half remembered
pictures of apples.

June 22, 2022 · 3 Comments

Lindsey Royce: God is the Fish in my Mouth

Do I walk away, heart tight as a walnut

June 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: My God, It’s Full of Stars | Tracy K. Smith

This short film adapts a poem by the former US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith, whose father worked on the Hubble as one of NASA’s first Black engineers, with meticulously crafted visuals from the Brazilian animation director Daniel Brunson to create a wondrous ode to our desire to know the Universe.

March 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Chard deNiord: What Can Anyone Say

In memory of the Ukrainian children, parents, and civilians who have been murdered by Russian troops and Prime Minister Putin during Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine 

March 10, 2022 · 4 Comments

Robin Davidson: Mrs. Schmetterling Considers the Beautiful

When she closes her eyes, she sees the room’s ceiling
fill first with billowing shadows, then a pinpoint of
light that blooms into a blue-black shining, then
the brilliant blue of coronal plasma that could
be the widening eye of God.

March 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Keshav Singh: Sikh ethics sees self-centredness as the source of human evil

Long before I was exposed to the works of any Western philosophers, I looked to the teachings of the Sikh gurus, enshrined in our scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, for moral guidance. This has recently got me thinking: how does Sikhism approach the ‘big questions’ of Western moral philosophy?

January 21, 2022 · 3 Comments

John Shelby Spong: What is God?

Bishop Spong called for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines.

December 20, 2021 · 5 Comments

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Chard deNiord: The Hand

a finger here, a knuckle
there, but never the hand al-
together, except in a vision
for which I’m loathe to take
any credit, even for a nail

May 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jena Schwartz: Day 209

God pulls into a run-down motel and pays in cash. God wears a mask and walks slowly down the hallway and the one light bulb is flickering as he turns the key in the door.

December 20, 2020 · 3 Comments

Molly Fisk: Firmament

Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…

December 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

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