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    The Story God Is Telling at the Present Time

    The Story God Is Telling at the Present Time

    Lisa Nicholas, Ph. D.Feb 6, 202113 min read

      AFTER A YEAR OR TWO of particularly alarming and distressing events in the world and the Church, many of us have begun to think of the present day as something like the End of the World (at least, “the…

    Education: Don’t Shoot the Elephant

    I DON’T USUALLY TOUCH on hot button issues on this blog, preferring instead to focus…

    May 30, 2015Dec 15, 2021

    Metamorphoses 2: The Flood Story in Detail

    READING, LIKE SO MUCH OF LIFE, is all about seeing all that can be seen—not…

    May 6, 2015Nov 26, 2021

    Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

    RECENTLY, WE TOOK A CLOSE LOOK at the account of the Great Flood that appears…

    Apr 28, 2015Nov 25, 2021

    Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

    THE REAL TEST OF LITERATURE is whether it continues to speak to us, after generations…

    Apr 17, 2015Nov 25, 2021

    Movie Makers Need to Read Great Literature, Too

    I’VE TALKED QUITE A BIT on this blog about the importance of good stories, and how…

    Apr 6, 2015Nov 29, 2021

    Holy Saturday, the Still Center of All Creation

    I think in many ways Holy Saturday is my favorite day of the Sacred Triduum,…

    Apr 4, 2015Nov 29, 2021

    “People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.”

    FLANNERY O’CONNOR

    The Moral Imagination

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    Special Series: The Great Flood in Ancient Literature

    Examining the significance of Great Flood accounts in three different works of ancient literature.
    Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

    Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

    RECENTLY, WE TOOK A CLOSE LOOK at the account of the Great Flood that appears in the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh and found that, although it superficially resembles a similar…

    Apr 28, 2015
    Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

    Gilgamesh 4: Can the Epic Still Speak to Us?

    THE REAL TEST OF LITERATURE is whether it continues to speak to us, after generations or even millennia. We’ve almost finished our examination of the Epic of Gilgamesh and its…

    Apr 17, 2015
    Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

    Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

    IN THE PAST COUPLE OF POSTS in this series, we’ve been looking at the Great Flood narrative found in the Epic of Gilgamesh, trying to put the flood story into…

    Mar 27, 2015