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Tohoku in July II

As I wrote in my previous post, the best stories of transformation and recovery aren’t about buildings, but about people. Last week I told the story of Mr. Aoki, a gentle Japanese man who has come to Christ in his … Continue reading

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Tohoku in July

The first time I went to Tohoku, just under a month after the tsunami, the roads had been cleared, but there was still debris piled high at every corner. Most people were still in shock, and it was easy to … Continue reading

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Mud

At the beginning of the month, I spent three days volunteering in the Tohoku area — the region of Japan that was devastated by the tsunami.  What follows is a brief vignette about the experience.  I wrote it for my … Continue reading

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Contradictions and the Perfect Word (Myths of Language, III)

A Christian friend of mine told me recently that this blog was fun to read, but that he “disagreed with it completely” – somewhat worrisome considering my goal is a legitimate Christian literary theory.  Before going on to the grand … Continue reading

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The Agony of Babel (Myths of Language, Part II)

Last week I paused this blog after suggesting that although Deconstructionism is depressing, it nevertheless dovetails nicely with the “Christian Myth of Language.”  How could I, as a Christian, say such a thing?  Am I some sort of post-modern Judas, … Continue reading

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Myths. . . Of. . . Language!!! (Part I)

I promised a friend last week that I’d soon get to unveiling what I called (somewhat grandiosely) “The Christian Myth of Language.” Most literary theories have a mythic element to them. . . a brief story or description that answers … Continue reading

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Encouraging Christians to Read

And teaching normal people to read like Christians “What would Christian criticism look like?” I used to ask my private school seniors, in the last weeks before they graduated. “We’ve done Feminist theory; we’ve done Marxism and Psychoanalysis. . . … Continue reading

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