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Against The Day

Patrick Quinn

I finished _Against the Day_. Head spinning like a surrealist's kaleidoscope, I wandered into the Pig and sat on the deck, smoking furiously, mostly silent, thinking about grace, the electromagnetic spectrum, defenseless families consigned to misery by wicked wealthy men, silver-nitrate photography, quaternions and the mathematics of four dimensions, dirigibles, ...

Bailey

Patrick Quinn

I didn't go to the scene, about an hour away in neighboring Park County. Instead I went to the radio station, called our sheriff to find out if Park County authorities had requested assistance from the Summit County SWAT team (they had not), and then hunkered down on the wire ...

Nothing special

Patrick Quinn

Vacation and some personal mandatory formations have kept me off the boards, but this week I'll return to my New Testament reading w/ Second Thessalonians.--On the basis of sincere assurances from people I trust, I am provisionally assuming that Phil Cauthon really exists. Phil and I have a relationship right ...

a few days in lawrence

Patrick Quinn

Comeau and Lazz were up for the weekend, and this morning, while Comeau was attending to some business, Shib and Lazz and I drove to Hot Sulpher Springs for a soak. It's a spectacular drive, classic Colorado Rockies scenery, towering jagged mountains, belts of tall aspen, the river meandering through ...

p15: <i>The Letter of James</i>

Patrick Quinn

[The Letter of James][1] is so saturated w/ Judaism that Martin Luther thought it ought to be excluded from the canon. In particular James 2:24--"You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone"--has always been a problematic text for Pauline theologians._James_, _Hebrews_ and the _Gospel ...

p15: <i>The Gospel according to Mark</i>

Patrick Quinn

I prefer the short ending, at 16:8.I'm inclined to accept the tradition that attributes [The Gospel according to Mark][1] to Peter's secretary, who is said to have here recorded Peter's teachings, taking "especial care, not to omit anything he had heard, and not to put anything fictitious into the statements."It's ...

Syd Barrett

Patrick Quinn

[Syd Barrett][1] died Friday. The cause of death is described as "diabetes-related." He was 60, a fact that astonishes me. I allowed for the passage of years w/ the rest of the band, but in my mind Syd never aged. Shine on you crazy diamond. [1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syd_Barrett

p15: <i>Hebrews</i>

Patrick Quinn

Authorship of [_Letter to the Hebrews_][1] has been disputed from the earliest days of Christianity, largely because the Letter makes no authorial claim. Daniel Wallace has proposed an elegant popological explanation for the lack of attribution. This from [Wallace's Introduction][2]:_The author of this work does not state his name, though ...

p15: <i>Colossians</i>

Patrick Quinn

The [_Letter to the Colossians_][1] is usually grouped w/ _Philemon_ and _Ephesians_. The letters refer to the same people, and _Ephesians_ reproduces multiple verses from _Colossians_. In _Colossians_ Paul is addressing a church in a city he has not visited. The Christian community in Colossae was founded by Epaphras, one ...

p15: <i>Philemon</i>

Patrick Quinn

I was raised a believing Roman Catholic, the grandchild of pious Irish and Italian immigrants. My father, the youngest of nine boys in an Irish Catholic family in Chicago, was his parents' last hope for a priest in the family, and so was dutifully packed off to seminary at Loyola. ...

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