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Debra Dean Murphy
Debra Dean Murphy

is associate professor of Religious Studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College and serves on the board of The Ekklesia Project. She blogs about books, movies, music, art, politics — and how religion intersects all of these arenas — at Intersections: Thoughts on Religion, Culture, and Politics. She is working on a book tentatively called Beauty, Mystery, Terror, Consolation: Poetry and the Aesthetics of Environmentalism.

 

Why We Risk Hospitality on Halloween

“Trunk or treats” are happening in church parking lots across the country in an attempt to make #Halloween rituals safer and less scary. On upholding the macabre lineage of All Hallows’ Eve — and welcoming both the risks and rewards of neighborliness.

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Why We Risk Hospitality on Halloween

The Liturgies We Live By

As Christians enter Holy Week, a reflection on the drama of the Easter story through poetry, music, and history. Theatrical, disturbing, cathartic, and deeply necessary, the Christian encounter with the crucifixion is a reckoning with the violence of our era. And yet in resurrection there is hope and embrace.

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The Liturgies We Live By

Would That You Might Meet Us Doing Right

With the beginning of Advent, a theologian challenges Christians and the rest of us to wait and watch, and to walk alongside those whose hopes have been crushed — with poesy from Seamus Heaney speaking to that truth.

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Would That You Might Meet Us Doing Right

The Logic of the Incarnation on Christmas Day

How do Christians find their place within the Christmas story? A religious scholar reflects on the necessary, urgent correspondence between two traditional Christmas narratives.

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The Logic of the Incarnation on Christmas Day

Life of Pi, Love of God

The film Life of Pi is not just a “parable of the postmodern quest for ‘spiritual fulfillment'” but a meditation on beauty and our own finitude.

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