“Something Rich and Strange:” Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

by Dr. Jayson Grieser   A Hamlet who forgives? A Lear who regains his kingdom? After writing the greatest tragedies the world has ever seen, Shakespeare, at the end of his career, turned to something surprising, something derided by contemporary Philip Sidney as “mongrel,” not mentioned by Aristotle, and rejected

3 Beautiful Words I don’t Know

by Dr. Mitch Stokes

Descartes’ Discovery

Rene Descartes—the seventeenth-century philosopher, mathematician, and scientist—received one of that era’s best educations, which is saying quite a lot. But at the end of this impressive education, Descartes was decidedly unimpressed. Once finished, he said,
I found myself beset by so many doubts and

The Artist is One Who Makes Artists of His Audience

by Jonathan McIntosh

I’m teaching a graduate seminar on “Theological Poetics” this term at NSA, and one of the texts I’ve assigned is R.G. Collingwood’s classic The Principles of Art. Here’s a little gem on how the artist is one who makes artists of his audience:
If a poet expresses,

Lewis’s Possibilism, Lewis’s Actualism

bDr. Jonathan McIntosh One of my areas of research and interest concerns the question of God’s power and creative possibility. In the history of western theology, as I argue, there is an unresolved and, indeed, almost unrecognized debate between two contrasting views of how God’s creative activity relates to