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Lawrence Osborn
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A theologian’s prayer
From the introduction to Yves Congar ’s I Believe in the Holy Spirit : Each one of us has his own gifts, his own means and his own vocation. Mine are as a Christian who prays and as a theologian who reads a great deal and takes many notes. May I therefore b...
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Found in ‘Translation’
Here is the last stanza from Roy Fuller ’s poem ‘ Translation ’. He wrote it more than half a century ago, but the sentiment seems uncannily relevant for an age of Trump, alt-right, and Brexit: Anyone happy in this age and place Is daft or corrupt. Better t...
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Robert W. Jenson (1930–2013)
I heard last night that Robert Jenson died on 5th September. The report on Christianity Today is here , and here is an appreciation by Carl Braaten , a long-time friend and colleague of Jenson’s. Jenson was the last survivor of my ‘authoritative others’ – t...
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<i>Isra Isle</i>
A review of Isra Isle: A Novel , by Nava Semel , translated by Jessica Cohen (Mandel Vilar Press, 2016) Originally published in Interzone This is a novel in three parts: part detective story, part speculation about a peculiar footnote in American and Jewish...
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<i>Wolf in the Attic</i>
A review of Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney (Solaris, 2016) Originally published in Interzone Paul Kearney is probably best known as a writer of epic fantasies. His series ‘The Monarchies of God’, ‘The Sea Beggars’, and ‘The Macht’ are all excellent examp...
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<i>Children of Earth and Sky</i>
A review of Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016) Originally published in Interzone Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest is set in the same world as several of his previous novels. A generation has passed since the fall of Sarantium, w...
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<i>Testament</i>
A review of Testament by Hal Duncan (Eibonvale Press, 2015) Originally published in Interzone In a Glasgow tenement, Eli takes a scalpel to the pages of the Bible. He is cutting and pasting passages from the five Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Thom...
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<i>Chasing the Phoenix</i>
A review of Chasing the Phoenix by Michael Swanwick (Tor Books, 2015) Originally published in Interzone Chasing the Phoenix is set in a post-apocalyptic future, which is littered with the detritus of its high-tech past. China, the geographical location of t...
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A new (old) laptop
I recently decided it was time to upgrade my laptop, so I am now the proud owner of a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad X230. This is a slightly newer model than my old machine (an X220, also refurbished, which I’ve had for four years), but it is sufficiently sim...
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The O Antiphons
Just a few days to Christmas and in some Christian traditions it is time for the O Antiphons to be used in conjunction with the Magnificat at vespers/evensong. Some years ago, I posted a blog series on the O Antiphons based on a quiet day I ran at St Aidan’...
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