November 2006 Archives

Hunter focuses upon the question of what, if any, are the cultural costs and consequences of orthodoxy's survival in the modern world. Hunter intends this work to be a sociological interpretation, which he admits may be speculative on several points. He states the purpose of this work as follows: "In making this interpretation I hope... to make a contribution to the understanding of the fate of religion in the contemporary world order. I further hope to make a modest contribution to a deeper understanding of modern life - how ordinary individual (for whom traditional religious and cultural realities still provide meaning, encouragement, and hope) make sense out of their daily lives in the modern world."
The aim of this paper is not do arrive at conclusions regarding specific critiques of Aquinas' formulations. What is proposed here is a thorough examination of Aquinas' three cosmological arguments, with the intent of clearly establishing the parameters of the foundation upon which Aquinas' subsequent treatment of God's nature rest.

Hamlet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Tonight's play was Hamlet at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. The theater was beautiful and the props, though minimalistic, were very effective and adequately eery. The character of Hamlet was played by Canadian actor Ben Carlson who did an outstanding job.

This was the first time for me to see Hamlet dramatized and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I seem to be getting high doses of Shakespeare lately thanks to some interesting offerings around the Chicago area.

This was intended to be a belated birthday gift for a girl I was dating, but alas, by this time she was already contemplating "To Be (with Scott) or Not To Be (with Scott)? Indeed, that is the question." I went with my friend John instead. :P

This essay will briefly examine representative treatments of Williams, his thought and influence, and will seek to demonstrate that a multi-origin view provides the most accurate analysis of Williams.

Othello in Mask at Side Project Theater

I recently saw Othello in Mask at the Side Project Theater in Rogers Park. This play follows a strict lyrical adherence to Shakespeare's Othello but with the cast performing in various masks through which the characters are identified. It was performed by the Polarity Ensemble Theater who did an impressive job. Most remarkable, I felt, was Mason Hill's performance as the diabolical Lago, though other reviews give heartfelt nods to Cliff London as Othello and Leah Morrow as Desdemona. After the show the cast headed over the pub across the street to mingle with the audience, so I bought Lago a beer and chatted a while.