Devotio Moderna

Devotio Moderna: Ted Neeley’s Passion Play

What is a Passion play? What effect is it meant to have on the viewer? What, if any, effect might it have on the actor who plays Christ? These are the questions that I would like to answer, turning attention towards how the answers to those questions have changed over time—in history and our own modern time.

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Salon-a-thon

I found three interesting articles on Salon.com today, all related to my interest in theology and teleology. The first is one of Salon’s lead-off articles for today, an interview with religious historian James Carse (professor emeritus at NYU).  He takes a very iconoclastic approach to religion, at least, one rather at odds with my understanding. … Continue reading

Venus was a Nun

Venus was a Nun: and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You Though my post‘s title may sound like a Monty Python quip, it derives from a real phenomenon, that of syncretism. Syncretism is the reconciliation of disparate or contradictory beliefs, a term first coined by Plutarch (“Fraternal Love,” Moralia [2.490b], 1st c. AD).  It … Continue reading