Religion

Daily Visual 03.07.15: Iceland Legalises Blasphemy

Yesterday Iceland abolished its law against blasphemy, following a campaign by the country’s Pirate Party (Píratar) launched in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack. The Althing, Iceland’s parliament, repealed Article 125 of the General Penal Code, which prohibited anyone ‘mocking or insulting the dogmas or worship of a lawfully existing religious community’. The Pirate Party holds three of sixty-three seats in the…

Saint Patrick in Context: Dates, Legends, and His Confessio

Saint Patrick in Context: Dates, Legends, and His Confessio

He is Ireland’s outstanding patron saint, conventionally held to have brought Christianity to the country in 432, and his feast day every 17 March is the cause for commemoration and revelry throughout the world – but remarkably little can be stated with any degree of certainty about the life of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the traditional date of…

Albert Schweitzer and Henry Fonda’s Lost Special

Albert Schweitzer was born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1875. Though he took theology at university, studying at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Universität in Strasbourg and at the Sorbonne in Paris before publishing his PhD thesis – on The Religious Philosophy of Kant – at the University of Tübingen in 1899, he first found acclaim as a scholar of music. In 1905, he published a study of…

Sound and Meaning in A Serious Man

The Coen brothers, throughout an increasingly acclaimed career, have nevertheless faced frequently the criticism that much of their work is elusive; creative and visually strong, atmospheric, and humorous whether that humour is considered broad, black or satirical, but lacking coherent and sustained themes, convincing character development, and narrative resolution. A Serious Man – with its oblique opening set in a…