Culture

Painful Paths to Freedom.   The exile Élisée Reclus wrote that “geography is nothing more than history in space, just as history is geography over time.” The forced exodus of millions of refugees that we are witnessing today tells a “story in space,” a nation of refugees, stateless and displaced persons numbering over 65 million… Read the full article

Arvo Pärt was born September 11, 1935, in Paide, Estonia, at that time part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Pärt began to learn to play the piano and other musical instruments at an early age. Following his military service, he attended the Tallinn Conservatory. The professors there were strongly influenced by the music… Read the full article

Introduction Christian Churches around the world have been taking notice of the fact that the 21st century is truly the “Asian Century”; at the same time, they are also progressively recognizing the vitality and inventiveness of Asian Christian communities. In their turn, Asian theologians have been trying to articulate the nature of the experiential endeavor… Read the full article

On November 7, 2016, Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and author, died in Los Angeles. Just a few weeks prior, on October 21, 2016, his final album, titled You Want It Darker, had been released, coinciding with the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan. When asked about Dylan’s award at… Read the full article

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Festival, Ken Loach’s film expresses indignation over the lack of respect for those on the margins of society in the United Kingdom. An elderly carpenter suffers a heart attack and is forced to resort to public assistance. He falls into a Kafkaesque network of control that… Read the full article

Social media and search engines have changed the dimensions and understanding of the concept of authority today. This is an issue for the Church where the practice and understanding of authority are expressed in very different communication contexts. An analysis of the ecology of the media draws attention to the interactions between social practice, media,… Read the full article

The term “post–truth” had no sooner been born than the Oxford English Dictionary consecrated it as “Word of the Year 2016”, defining it as “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” It is a time when information, like the rod of a pendulum,… Read the full article