Friday, June 13, 2008

faith and doubt


An excellent essay on an experience of communion in Nigeria, included in a number of fine reflections in a New Yorker series on "faith and doubt". Read it here.

I was also moved by an additional essay, written by Edwidge Dandicat, a native of Haiti and author of the compelling Brother, I'm Dying. She writes about the experience of hunger, both as memoir and as present-day commentary on life in a country where dirt is consumed for food. You can find this essay at the same site. And lastly, a review of Bart Ehrman by James Wood, in the same issue of The New Yorker, in which the reviewer poses the question, of Ehrman, "if God does not exist, why continue with the question of how this non-existent God can permit suffering". Again, you can access the review at The New Yorker, which is also linked to the right, until the "texts" category.

Excellent writing, in each case, on a worthy subject.


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