Podcast: Amoris Laetitia

Mere FidelityFor this week’s podcast, the Mere Fidelity crew is joined by our friend Pascal Emmanuel Gobry. Within this episode we discuss the papal document, Amoris Laetitia and some of the reactions to it (see, for instance, Matthew Schmitz and Dwight Longenecker).

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Why We Should Jettison the ‘Strong Female Character’

I’ve just guest posted over on Mere Orthodoxy on the subject of the Strong Female Character trope:

Fictional worlds are places in which we can explore possibilities for identity and agency. The fact that women’s stature as full agents is so consistently treated as contingent upon such things as their physical strength and combat skills, or upon the exaggerated weakness or their one-upping of the men that surround them, is a sign that, even though men may be increasingly stifled within it, women are operating in a realm that plays by men’s rules. The possibility of a world in which women are the weaker sex, yet can still attain to the stature and dignity of full agents and persons—the true counterparts and equals of men—seems to be, for the most part, beyond people’s imaginative grasp. This is a limitation of imagination with painful consequences for the real world, and is one of the causes of the high degree of ressentiment within the feminist movement.

Read the full piece here.

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A Musical Case For Typological Realism Part 4

The final part of my four part discussion of music and typological realism has just been posted over on the Theopolis Institute:

Music is the glorified form of temporal action and speech. It transfigures and elevates our temporal activities. Figural or typological reading of Scripture attends to the musicality of God’s historical activity, to the ways in which the realm of human action has been taken into the divine symphony. This glorification and healing of human time transfigures: its characters and scenes come to bear and display a greater majesty, participating in and manifesting a beauty and a reality higher than themselves.

The musicality and, hence, the higher unity of time is established through the work of the Holy Spirit. Typology is where we follow the coherent unfolding of the symphony of the Spirit throughout history—the symphony of which Christ is the unifying theme. As an antidote to our overdependence on quasi-spatial and quasi-substantial models for union with Christ, the typological realism I am advocating suggests that our union with Christ should be regarded as existing in large measure within the orchestrated time of the Spirit.

We are united to Christ as he has come into our dissonant and discordant time, healing and transfiguring it through his action, and as the Spirit works this glorious music of Christ into and out of our lives. We are caught up within the Song of the Word, a song once intimated in the softest of broken whispers, then clearly and definitively expressed by its unaccompanied Author, now swelling through the Spirit’s inclusion of new voices under his lead, until one day all creation will resound with it.

Read the whole piece here. If you haven’t already done so, read parts 12, and 3 first.

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Podcast: Tribalism

Mere FidelityIn our most recent Mere Fidelity podcast, Matt, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss the subject of tribalism, taking Scott Alexander’s recent Slate Star Codex post on the subject as our starting point.

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A Musical Case For Typological Realism Part 3

The third of my four part argument for typological realism through the conceptual metaphor of music has just been published on the Theopolis Institute:

Music’s revelation of time’s potential to be a realm of unity and coherence affords us new ways of conceiving typology. Rather than abstracting typology from time or opposing type to some antitypical reality, typology can be understood in terms of God’s rich orchestration of covenant history and his developing witness to it. The process of revelation takes time, because it is musical in character, because time is integral to its manner of meaning-making (synchronic type-antitype models of typology raise the question of why the advent of the reality had to tarry so long for supposedly hollow signs). The meaning that is made through revelation is to be understood typologically or figurally, as we follow the unfolding development of the movements of God’s great redemptive symphony.

Read the rest here. If you haven’t already done so, read parts 1 and 2 first.

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Podcast: Time

Mere FidelityIn our latest Mere Fidelity episode, Matt, Derek, and I take up the theme of time, exploring, among other things, some of the issues raised in my recent posts for the Theopolis Institute.

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A Musical Case For Typological Realism Part 2

The second of my four part series on music and typology was published over on the Theopolis Institute yesterday (see part 1 here).

Music’s revelation of the potential goodness and beauty of transience and finitude can offer helpful new ways of conceiving of creation. Using the conceptual metaphors of music and song to think of creation can alert us to such things as the radical contingency of the world and its creatures, its complete dependence upon the continuing creative work of Spirit and Word of God, the delight of the Creator, and the calling of the creation to participate in this music in the echoing forth of joyful praise.

This brings into focus elements of creation that are less clear when we think of creation as if it were the construction of solid objects that endure through the homogeneous medium of time, or are subjected to its cruel ravages. Time is not just something that happens to us, but is integral to what we are. Thinking in such a manner teaches us to remember and appreciate our own finitude and to value and reflect more closely upon the changing seasons of our lives. Silence, the face over which the spirit of music hovers, reminds us of our enduring relationship to nothingness, as those who have been brought forth from it by God’s creative voice.

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