Archive for April 2019

All is vanity--learning new beliefs

I was raised in a conservative, evangelical, Southern Baptist household. At the age of seven, I learned about Abraham and Isaac and prayed at night that my parents wouldn’t sacrifice me to a God who seemed, even to a seven year old, just the tiniest bit criminally insane. I must have been about 10 when... Read more »

Nature, red in tooth and claw

Nature, red in tooth and claw
Though according to Wikipedia, “Nature, red in tooth and claw” is not original to Tennyson’s poem “In Memoriam,” it is surely the most famous instance of the phrase. The poem was written in memory of the poet’s friend, who died of an aneurysm. I have had endless conversations over the years about the best/worst ways... Read more »