REVIEW: The Prince of this World by Adam Kotsko, Part II

The story so far has traced the ways in which the idea and figure of the devil has taken on a conflicting and shifting function. From relatively humble beginnings, as a way for a suffering minority to make sense of their plight to becoming the cosmic enemy of all good that must, at the end … Continue reading REVIEW: The Prince of this World by Adam Kotsko, Part II

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REVIEW: The Prince of this World, by Adam Kotsko Part One

REVIEW: The Prince of this World by Adam Kotsko One of the fundamental problems with theological writing on evil is the extent to which dealing with suffering and the relative involvement (or lack thereof) of God becomes an exercise in dry scholasticism. The reality of evil in the world and the problem of suffering is … Continue reading REVIEW: The Prince of this World, by Adam Kotsko Part One

The Forest Clearing or, At the Water’s Edge

There is a small village in England called Tyneham. There is, the internet will tell you, nothing particularly remarkable about it. Accessible on a single, narrow country road, you drive round the crest of a hill and see it lying there in the fold of the valley. A church steeple catches the eye and beyond … Continue reading The Forest Clearing or, At the Water’s Edge

TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

Semiotics: Semiotics and structuralism, whilst two separate and distinct fields have a close relationship. These books are designed to help the reader engage with “the science of signs” as both a specific moment in the development of critical discourse and an invaluable tool for close textual analysis. Roland Barthes, Mythologies (London, Vintage Classics, 2009) Kofi … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

To talk of a theological Lovecraft may initially strike the aficionado of weird fiction as an exercise in futility. In his personal writing, Lovecraft reveals a deeply held atheism and critical work has always acknowledged what S.T Joshi refers to as his cynical materialism. Lovecraft himself opined in 1919 that ‘there is a real restfulness … Continue reading A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

REVIEW: The Beechwood Airship Interviews

Dan Richards: The Beechwood Airship Interviews London, Harper Collins, 2015 pp534 Have we arrived at the end of art for its own sake? In an age where higher education has never been more expensive, art school and other creative outlets now emphasize the vocational and the practical. Perhaps art for its own sake is no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Beechwood Airship Interviews