I like this review of Richard Dawkins's anti-religion screed, by Terry Eagleton, which Mark Scroggins pointed me toward. Eagleton's defense argues for the reasonableness of faith, against the carping of rationalism and (pseudo-)scientific positivism. This review is actually an example of ordinary, good old Western humanist thinking - though I would quibble with the somewhat simplistic re-presentation of the Jesus vs. "legalism" story, the Jesus the political radical, etc. Theologian Amy-Jill Levine's new book, The Misunderstood Jew, might be an antidote for some of that.

But this is not a religion blog. I promise to get back to poetry one of these days. I'm starting to miss it myself.

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