Book Review: The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright (New York: Harper One, 1999. 306 pp) Marcus Borg was a New Testament scholar, theologian, and author. Borg was a fellow of the Jesus Seminar and a major figure in historical Jesus scholarship. Borg attended Concordia College as an undergraduate. He studied at Union Seminary before matriculating at Mansfield College, Oxford, earning an M.Th. and D.Phil. He retired as Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and died in 2015. N.T. Wright is a leading New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired bishop. He earned his B.A. from Exeter College and his D.D. from University of Oxford. After retiring as the Bishop of… Read More →

Book Review: Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems

Pictures from Brueghel by William Carlos Williams

Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems: Collected Poems 1950-1962 by William Carlos Williams (New York: New Directions, 1962. 184 pp) Born in Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While his primary occupation was a family doctor, William Carlos Williams had a successful secondary career as a poet. Williams won the first National Book Award for Poetry and was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1963. All that Jazz Even though I’ve critically consumed copious amounts of music over the years, I don’t know what to do with Jazz. The very thing I enjoy about critical reflection surrounds the narrative and structure of any given piece. Jazz, by definition, represents the very… Read More →

Film Review: Noah

Noah Film Review

Noah written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel, directed by Darren Aronofsky (Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures, PG-13, 138 min) Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth. At Last Ever since I heard the announcement that Darren Aronofsky would make a biblical epic, I’ve been giddy. Darren Aronofsky, you see, is one of my favorite filmmakers. He has a tendency toward bringing light to the dirty aspects of humanity and exposing it for all of its flaws. Knowing Aronofsky’s style, I fully expected Noah to move me deeply, to revolt me, and to display the shades of gray we all experience in life. Despite many protests from Christians about its… Read More →