Welcome to my new blog! I’m glad you visited.
Recently, when Apple announced that it was discontinuing its woefully unsuccessful iWeb services, it quietly revealed that it would likewise not be renewing its iWeb software, which required iWeb to operate. Fortunately, for me I have been somewhat unhappy with iWeb and have been looking for an excuse to change. This blog is the fruit of that change.
Why the title. “Till the world is mended” comes from a song sung by the mysteriously powerful and gentle Tom Bombadil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
Get out, you old Wight! Vanish in the sunlight!
Shrivel like the cold mist, like the winds go wailing,
Out into the barren lands far beyond the mountains!
Come never hear again! Leave your barrow empty!
Lost and forgotten be, darker than the darkness,
Where gates stand for ever shut, till the world is mended.
Tom sings this song when chasing off an evil Barrow Wight – a spectre that haunts a mounded grave. The Barrow Wight traps Frodo and sings him a song of darkness and dread, and threatens to hold him in his earthen prison forevermore. Isolated from his friends, Frodo almost succumbs to the deceitful song of the Wight, remembering almost too late, the help that was promised by old Tom Bombadil should he ever be in need.
While I love the imagery, for the purposes of this blog I simply want to borrow the final phrase, “till the world is mended.” I’ll post all sorts of different things here: movie reviews, sports thoughts, letters to my children, and my political and theological thoughts (I hesitate on the latter two, because you never know how a blog will be encountered and used, but I’m trying to be more daring on that front!) – but all of these things share a common impulse: that the world, and that means all of creation, longs for redemption, restoration, and fulfillment. St. Irenaeus referred to this as Recapitulation – the restoration of creation and literally, the re-attachment of its proper head. There are all sorts of other images swirling around in the background as well: Henri de Lubac’s natural longing for supernatural beatitude; Charles Taylor’s Immanent Frame, with its cracks and holes – exposing the supernatural and transcendent that provides meaning and substance to the immanent; Stanley Hauerwas’ already-not-yet-kingdom; John Wesley’s prevenient grace; John Milbank’s fundamental ontology of peace, St. Anselm’s faith seeking understanding; David Bentley Hart’s Beauty of the Infinite; and my general understanding of just what it means to affirm the paradoxical unity of Divinity and humanity in Jesus of Nazareth, and the radical teachings of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels regarding the Kingdom, complete with John’s vision of the Apocalypse, in which the earth is redeemed and refashioned (baptised) and the new Jerusalem descends down onto this earth and the eternal light of Christ shines forth for all. Wow, I could go on and on…, but the point is, I’m committed to a positive view of humanity, of creation, of life, and of matter itself -as created inherently good by God. That which was created good was NOT created to be destroyed, but rather to bear witness through its beauty to the goodness and truth of God.
Unfortunately, the world is not right. And for some, and in many places, it is terrible, but the goodness of God is all around, and it is breaking in even as we speak. Rather than focus on the bad, and write off the world, I’m committed to seeing beauty and to living out God’s love in this world, here, and now.
So, “Till the World is Mended,” or at least until my part in this grand drama has come to an end, I will write about all sorts of random things, and I will try, as best as I can, to believe more strongly in God’s goodness, truth, and beauty, and specifically in the Resurrection, than in the power of chaos, violence, sin, and death.
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