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  • March 23, 2014: Darkness vs. Light

    March 23, 2014 01:40

    Samuel Barber (1910 –1981) is one of America’s most distinguished composers – he won the Pulitzer Prize in music twice. Very much the child prodigy, Barber was admitted to the Curtis School of Music (almost as famous as Julliard) at 14. He wrote classical music "hit" after hit in his younger years – but not so much in his later ones. Consequently he struggled with depression and alcohol beginning in his 50s, and ultimately died of cancer at 70. (more )

  • March 16, 2014: Living with Paradox

    March 16, 2014 10:30

    In last week’s Music Box I wrote about Paradox – the idea that many (most?) Important Truths are paradoxical in nature. "The last will be first", "lose your life to save it", "whoever humbles himself will be exalted." And I went on to show that Paradox is not only the province of religion: in 1931 Kurt Gödel (1906-1978) proved that Paradox is woven into the warp and woof of Mathematics itself, and by extension into Science. I have a little more to add. (more )

  • March 9, 2014: Faith, Reason and Paradox

    March 09, 2014 10:30

    One of the bullet points of Luther’s theology was that many Important Truths are paradoxical in nature. "Three, yet one", "fully God and fully human", "the last will be first", "lose your life to save it." It’s understandable that Paradox wasn’t really a feature of Calvin’s theology as he was a lawyer by training and temperament, and one of the main tasks of Law is to resolve every question put to it: ‘guilty/not guilty’ or ‘for the plaintiff/defendant’. That’s just what Law has to do. (more )

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