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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Translating the first sentence of Kader Abdolah’s De koning (The King) into English.

by Nancy Forest-Flier In den beginne was er de Koe and de Koe was bij God, die de naam Ahuramazda droeg. In the beginning was the Cow, and the Cow was with God, who bore the name Ahura Mazda. Any Dutch person who is biblically literate will recognize this sentence as an adaptation of the […]

Discovering St Seraphim of Sarov

“Acquire the Spirit of peace and thousands around you will be saved.” — St. Seraphim of Sarov It was Father Germann, a monk I met in the Russian city of Vladimir, who first told me about Saint Seraphim of Sarov. He was showing me the local cathedral, still a museum in those days of Soviet […]

Battling dragons, taming wolves, befriending lions

[a chapter from Loving Our Enemies: Reflections on the Hardest Commandment by Jim Forest (Orbis Books); note that footnotes have been removed] Among traditional Christian stories that challenge the Gospel According to John Wayne are tales of saints and beasts, the most well-known of which is the legend of Saint George and the dragon. If […]

Bose: “Blessed are the Peacemakers” conference – panel discussion intro

One of the remarkable aspects of the earthly life of Jesus is that he killed no one nor gave any blessing to his followers to do so. His last healing miracle before the crucifixion was done on behalf of a man whom Peter had wounded in defense of Jesus. At the same time he told […]