The Tree of Wisdom, 1990 by Wolfgang Grässe (1930-2008)
I would like, if I may, to share a few excerpts from a short essay written by C.S. Lewis titled Myth Became Fact.
“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. The old myth of the dying god, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens-at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences… By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle.”
And the other, of greater importance than the one before:
“I suspect that men have sometimes derived more spiritual sustenance from myths they did not believe than from the religion they professed. To be truly Christian we must both assent to the historical fact and also receive the myth (fact though it has become) with the same imaginative…
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The counterfeit athletes are just a part of Russia’s giant machinery of falsification. The same thing is true of Russian urine as of Russian oil. Everyone knows that the price of Russian grades — the Ural brands — is lower than the price of the higher quality Brent brands. But for some reason, people use…
This dramatic and fascinating painting is famous not so much for its artist and what it depicts, but where it’s been displayed, and by whom. A Clinical Lesson at the Salpêtrière was painted in 1887 by André Brouillet, a scene painter who was a student of Jean-Léon Gérôme–one of my favorite artists and whose work has appeared on this blog before, most notably here (though also here as well). The Salpêtrière was a famous research hospital in Paris in the late 19th century. In the scene a number of famous doctors of the time, including neurology pioneer Jean-Martin Charcot, are examining a woman suffering from “hysteria”–a catch-all psychological diagnosis of the time, which is in fact a highly gendered and pejorative term which was used to describe behavior thought endemic to women. All of the doctors and even the nurses depicted here were real people who were active in the Paris medical…
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Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do? I am Katie McCann, originally from England, now living in Berkeley, California and I am a Collage Artist. How did you get started doing what you do? As a child, I was always painting, drawing, cutting, and reading. I ended up going to […]
I like the fact that St. Nicholas is the patron saint of pawn shops and pawn brokers. According to some sources, the three gold balls suspended in the air outside pawn shops (or three neon balls in the window) come from the tradition that as Bishop of Myra St. Nicholas once threw three bags of […]
In a widely shared article, Grist writer and meteorologist Eric Holthaus warns about the rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers and the devastating floods that could ensue.