Less than the Least

Entries from Less than the Least tagged with 'Bible'

Can Yoga be Christian?--Skeel

Knowing so little about yoga, I am particularly unsuited to try to answer this question. But I had a friendly debate about it with a lapsed Catholic friend (and yoga enthusiast) earlier this week, and today’s Wall Street Journal has a...

The Influence of Books--Skeel

John Wilson, the editor of Books & Culture, devoted his column in the current issue to a list of the ten books that have most influenced him. His list is quirky and fun, as one would expect, and it started me...

Graduation Speech--Stuntz

Why do we work? And how do we choose our jobs? Last weekend, I had the surprising pleasure of giving the graduation speech at my son's high school: a Christian high school in Lexington, Massachusetts. The two questions above are...

More Cancer--Stuntz

My cancer has been promoted: I’m officially in stage 4. My doctors have found two cancerous nodules—a euphemism for “small tumors”—one on each of my lungs. I started chemo this week. Next week, I’ll see a thoracic surgeon who will,...

Should Obama Leave His Church?--Skeel

In the furor this week over the anti-American comments of Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Barack Obama’s church in Chicago, the one question that’s gotten surprisingly little attention is the most obvious one: Should Obama leave his church?...

Giotto and the Art of Heaven--Skeel

Like nearly everyone who loves Italian Renaissance art, I’ve often wondered why hell seems so much more interesting than heaven in the Last Judgment paintings. My own answer has usually been that, because we are sinful, we understand sin...

Pain and Ugliness-- Stuntz

Physical pain hurts, ugly things look bad, nasty smells smell nasty. What do these basic realities have to do with one another? I’m pretty sure the conventional response is: not much. Ugliness is an aesthetic judgment, and aesthetics seem somehow...