BBC Radio 4's In Our Time podcast discussed Kafka's The Trial, this past week. Kafka turns out to be essential reading for bureaucratic life in universities these days, although it is interesting to hear discussed the religious themes in Kafka's work as well. The discussion of Aesop was very good the week before, and this week it is a discussion of Zen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/iot/all.
Interesting London based artist working on the intersection between materiality and spirituality:
The exhibition's crafted and material focus is quite interesting to me. It strikes me that the artist is touching on an old nerve related to the making of religious books, which drew upon a similar sense of the spirituality of things.
"How Different Religions Would Deal with Aliens," - The Boston Globe - http://bit.ly/1z1GinI
A rather cursory if not curious post on religion today. Maybe another reason to abandon course titles like "world religions."
"In March 1984, Jorge Luis Borges began a series of radio 'dialogues' with the Argentinian poet and essayist Osvaldo Ferrari. Forty-five of them have just been translated into English for the first time by Jason Wilson and will be published this month by Seagull Books as Conversations, Volume 1. What follows is Borges’s conversation with Ferrari about the existence of God." - NY Review of Books - http://bit.ly/1y7kyG3
Errol Morris has made a series of short films on peace for the NY Times. He chose to focus upon three individuals who ostensibly had little power, influence, means or ability, but who nonetheless changed the world. The first two in particular, explicitly cite faith as crucial to their political perseverance. Morris, as always, simply asks the questions in childlike wonder at the amazing stories they tell.
"Kit Eaton reviews Godus, the Sandbox and Godville, three free mobile games that let you control an entire world, not just a single character." - http://nyti.ms/1soP2Ue
It is an open question today whether and how video games foster religious thought. Nonetheless, I wonder if this is not rather the nexus where narcissism and atheism meet as the player displaces divinity.
The Conversation, provides a forum for academic writing on issues of public concern. As the tagline for the website suggests, "academic rigour, journalistic flair." In any case, their editors are running a series on "Morality in 21st Century Australia," and I wrote a brief piece on theodicy which can be found here: http://theconversation.com/a-moral-world-in-which-bad-things-happen-to-good-people-30957
My parents celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary this past week. I couldn't be there so wrote a note on time's passing to be read in my absence, largely drawing on Heidegger's Phenomenology of Religious Life and Ricoeur's Time and Narrative.