Arts and Culture

Testament to a life thoughtfully lived

As a student first of history and now of library and archival science, I am acutely aware of an existential crisis currently ongoing in both fields.

Nobody writes letters anymore.

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Sin and redemption on Facebook

It had been a long day and I was tired.

Atheists can be spiritual beings, book argues

Award-winning Toronto architect Gerald Robinson is an adjunct professor of theology, in the divinity faculty at the University of Toronto's Trinity College.

A survivor’s fierce vision and courage

This memoir is many things—short yet powerful, anecdotal and detailed, courageous and sad, unsettling and important.
For the past seven years, artist Karen Brodie has worked on banner designs that ask worshippers to move beyond memorizing the story line around Christ's last days. Photo: David Cooper

A faith journey through art

Sit, reflect and pray.

Former Archbishop turns tables on William Shakespeare

A play written by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Wales, Rowan Williams, about the "lost years" of celebrated English playwright Williams Shakespeare has opened in a theatre in Wales.

Not in God’s Name examines ‘altruistic evil’

"When religion turns men into murderers, God weeps...Too often in the history of religion, people have killed in the name of the God of life, waged war in the name of the God of peace, hated in the name of the God of love, and practiced cruelty in the name of the God of compassion."

Henri Nouwen’s gift to Anne Lamott

When Anne Lamott found herself, at age 31, a self-loathing drug and alcohol addict, it was the idea of "radical self-love," as expressed by Henri Nouwen and writers like him, that allowed her to turn a corner on her life, the 62-year-old American writer told a Toronto audience last week.

The deep and abiding faith of Mennonite mothers

BOOK REVIEW Sons and Mothers: Stories from Mennonite Men Edited by Mary-Ann Loewen University of Regina Press, 2015 144 pages ISBN 978-0889774032 The genesis of Sons and Mothers: Stories from...

Nothing new in The Young Messiah

As long as there's money in faith-based films, and there's plenty of it, apparently, Christian audiences can expect the canon of Bible movies to continue to expand.

A call to examine the church’s complicity in racism

Theologian and blogger Drew G.I. Hart's analysis of North American racism is a call to justice aimed at both church culture and the wider society—with the greater challenge aimed at church people.
Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James star in Spotlight, which is based on The Boston Globe's 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

‘Outward be fair, however foul within’

In 1761, the poet Charles Churchill penned these words: "Keep up appearances; there lies the test; / The world will give thee credit for the rest. / Outward be fair, however foul within; / Sin if thou wilt, but then in secret sin."

An inside look at Canada’s first Anglican sisterhood

These sisters are doin' it for themselves—and helping everyone else along the way.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as Ava, a robot with artificial intelligence. Photo: Mongrel Media/Universal Pictures

Ex Machina: What makes us human?

At last—a movie that got a wide commercial release that's worth getting excited about! Smart, original and utterly engrossing, Ex Machina is both a minimalist exploration of what makes us human and a modern science fiction classic.

A deep dive into stillness and joy

Nowhere, Pico Iyer claims, is the most interesting destination.

Iyer, a travel writer by trade, makes this pronouncement in a new work, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere. The book accompanies a 15-minute TED talk, and runs only 74 pages—compact enough to finish in one sitting.