January 31, 2009 / Creative Writing
A poem by Jesseca Cornelson.
To face death and those who are dying may be what makes us humane; engaging our own mortality with faith that life is a gift, not a right or an entitlement, may be what makes us human. Therefore, this issue offers theological, literary, aesthetic, and practical faith engagements with the realities of death and dying, fresh perspectives that retain and embolden the Christian hope that, even in death, the work of God reigns, justice prevails, and love will not be defeated.
As one of several performances within Sacred Offense: Studies in Art, Aesthetics and Spirituality, Concrete Cruciform explores the relationships between the sacred and offensive, the ascetic tradition of Christianity and contemporary performance-based art, and artistic and spiritual practice, as well as integrating concepts of internal and external deserts, death in life and life in death, the aesthetic experience of the sublime, and the interplay of kenosis (emptying) and pleroma (filling).
In this interview, Charles Taylor discusses how his findings as part of the Quebec Commission square with the analysis of contemporary society set forth in “A Secular Age,” addressing such topics as secularism, accommodation, Islamophobia, and the politics of mobilization.