Honorable Mention

This page is similar to my page titled Well I’ll Be Blogrolled. It lists blogs that have links to my blog. But there’s a difference. This is a list of specific posts at other blogs where one or more of my posts is noticed, even if my blog is not listed on their blogrolls. In my view, these are cases of honorable mention, and deserve notice in their own right.

I’ve learned of many of the links below because of someone who has traveled to my blog from that page. These are, in blog-speak, “referrals.” This is my way of returning the favor. I’m sure I’ve overlooked cases, so if you have a post that mentions this blog or links to a specific post in this blog, feel free to let me know in the combox below and I’ll see about adding it to this list.

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Two Questions about Samuel Clarke’s Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

I’ve just learned of a reading group that has spent the past several months going chapter-by-chapter through the book Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics. The group moderator contacted me with two questions about my chapter. They’re great questions and I’d like to answer them here, for the benefit of others who might be interested (and in case the questions come up again). Read more of this post

Quotations: On Poetry

Emily Dickinson Script

Emily Dickinson Script

“. . . you can’t force a poem.” —Elizabeth Jennings, quoted in The Poetry of Piety, edited by Ben Witherington III and Christopher Mead Armitage

“It takes a grateful audience to keep a poem alive.” —Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual

“Another note to tack up over your desk: Too much cleverness in poetry can be a real killer.” —Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual

“Poetry, even the poetry of humor and delight, is an agent of the imagination pressing back, in Wallace Stevens’s phrase, against the pressure of reality.” —David Lehman, Forward to The Best American Poetry 2006, edited by Billy Collins

On Christology

John Donne

John Donne

“Twas much that man was made like God before;/But that God should be made like man—much more.” —John Donne

“The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. . . . If the thing happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth—the very thing that the whole story has been about.” —C. S. Lewis, Miracles (chapter xiv)

Quotations: On Death and Immortality

Ted Kooser, Poet

“When the heart stops, my contemporaries say,/Shrugging their shoulders, that’s it.”

—Czeslaw Milosz’s poem “Treatise on Theology,” in his collection Second Space

“. . . after all, the manner in which a person dies, the little details of an autopsy, say, whether the corpse has spots on its liver or lungs, doesn’t in any way cancel the loss.”

—Ted Kooser, The Poetry Home Repair Manual

Writing about an important passage in Joseph Conrad’s canonical work Heart of Darkness, David Denby says, “It is perhaps the most famous death scene written after Shakespeare.” He then quotes at length in demonstration of his claim:

“Anything approaching the change that came over his [Mr. Kurtz’s] features I have never seen before and hope never to see again. Oh, I wasn’t touched. I was fascinated. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that ivory face the expression of somber pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror—of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that brief moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath:

“‘The horror! The horror!’ . . .”

—David Denby, Great Books

“I think, just as you do Socrates, that although it is very difficult if not impossible in this life to achieve certainty about these questions, at the same time it is utterly feeble not to use every effort in testing the available theories, or to leave off until we have considered them in every way, and come to the end of our resources. It is our duty to do one of two things, either to ascertain the facts, whether by seeking instruction or by personal discovery, or, if this is impossible, to select the best and most dependable theory which human intelligence can supply, and use it as a raft to ride the seas of life—that is, assuming that we cannot make our journey with greater confidence and security by the surer means of a divine revelation.”

—Simmias, in Plato’s dialogue Phaedo 85 c-d

“A man should be mourned at his birth, not his death.”

—Charles de Montesquieu, Lettres Persanes (1721)

On Biography

“The history of my stupidity would fill many volumes./. . . . The history of my stupidity will not be written./For one thing, it’s late. And the truth is laborious.” —From Czeslaw Milosz’s poem, “Account,” in New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001

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