The last of my Hansen lecture series on G.K. Chesterton and Native America entitled Turtle Island Renaissance with a response from Dr. Amy Peeler is viewable here:
Monday, September 28, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
I've long wanted to end a piece with "Carthago delanda est." Thanks to the Institute for Thriving Identities, I found a way to do so. My piece if followed up by contributions from philosopher Bryan McCarthy and business executive Jon Ungerland.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
On the academic end of things, two new articles: One in the volume, Mary, the Apostles and the Last Judgment (Trivent, 2020): "Visual Cherubikon: Mary as Priest at Lagoudera in Cyprus." Here's the abstract:
Mary’s priesthood is a prominent theme in Byzantine art, and this
paper argues that it abounds at the Virgin of the Vetches church
(Panagia tou Arakos) at Lagoudera in Cyprus, especially because of
extensive depictions of the apocrypha. Through subtle interpretations of
the Protevangelium and Dormition narratives, the twelfth-century artist
Theodore Apsevdis highlighted priestly aspects of the beginning, middle
and end of Mary’s life, aspects unified through a visualization of the
Prayer of the Cherubic Hymn (Cherubikon) which is said by priests to
commence the Eucharistic portion of the liturgy.
And the other, "Turtle Island Renaissance," is in the most recent issue of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. Here's the abstract:
Most North Americans have familiarity with monuments such as Stonehenge or the cave paintings of Lascaux. And yet, it remains normal to encounter Ontarians unaware of the Peterborough petroglyphs or Pennsylvanians oblivious to the evidence of early American inhabitants at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. To address this dilemma, this paper contests the “whiteness” of art history not by resisting, but by relocating the dominant paradigm of Italian Renaissance art. The pattern of original accomplishment, decline, and rebirth that Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) discerned in Italy is discernible in the native art of this continent as well, especially at the newly designed National Gallery of Canada. There is also a parallel between Vasari’s attempt to harmonize a revived Graeco-Roman culture with Christianity and present attempts to do the same for native culture. Public reception of the work of indigenous painter Norval Morrisseau, however, exemplifies how New Age religion combined with the demands of the art market can disrupt this harmonization and reinvigorate a colonialism that is threatened by indigenous artists who embrace traditional Christian faith.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Friday, May 08, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
"When you’re really shipwrecked, you do really find what you want. When you’re really on a desert island, you never find it a desert. If we were really besieged in this garden, we’d find a hundred English birds and English berries that we never knew were here. If we were snowed up in this room, we’d be the better for reading scores of books in that bookcase that we don’t even know are there; we’d have talks with each other, good, terrible talks, that we shall go to the grave without guessing; we’d find materials for everything— christening, marriage, or funeral; yes, even for a coronation— if we didn’t decide to be a republic.”
...The good-humoured Rosamund was almost choking with laughter. “All is not gold that glitters,” she said, “and besides—”
“What a mistake that is!” cried Innocent Smith, leaping up in great excitement. “All is gold that glitters.... We can make anything a precious metal, as men could in the morning of the world. They didn’t choose gold because it was rare; your scientists can tell you twenty sorts of slime much rarer. They chose gold because it was bright—because it was a hard thing to find, but pretty when you’ve found it. You can’t fight with golden swords or eat golden biscuits; you can only look at it—and you can look at it out here.”
"....Leave off buying and selling, and start looking! Open your eyes, and you’ll wake up in the New Jerusalem."Yes, I know there are massive downsides as well, but this offsets them just a bit. Maybe even more than that.