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Sexuality and the Song of Songs


by Susan McCaslin As an alternative to watching “Sex in the City” or reading a Harlequin romance on your summer vacation, why not try this ancient of ancient texts – the Song of Solomon, better known as the Song of Songs? It belongs right up there with the Kama Sutra and Ovid’s The Art of […]

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Apocalypse Now: Should the book of Revelation be consigned to the wastebin or transformed?


by Susan McCaslin If the Song of Songs can be called “the sexiest book in the Bible,” the book of Revelation at the end of the New Testament might be called “the most violent book in the Bible.” You may recall the imagery of Christ as a sword-wielding warrior, horses with blood up to their […]

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Cross-Media Creativity


by Susan McCaslin In Chapter 5 of Arousing the Spirit, “Countering War with Wonder,” I wrote about my favourite mystical poet of all time, William Blake. Blake and I have had a long and fruitful association, and he always keeps me on my toes. Currently I’ve been thinking about how Blake was what you might […]

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Quarky Quanta and Singing Strings


by Susan McCaslin Some Reflections on Chapter 4 of my new book, Arousing the Spirit (Wood Lake Publishing). I borrowed the title of chapter 4 in Arousing the Spirit, “The Paradise Ear,” from an essay by Thomas Merton. In it Merton expresses how poetic vision recreates the world anew so that we become attuned to […]

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Each one of us needs to unhook on a regular basis.

Addicted to Unhooking


by Susan McCaslin Some Reflections on Chapter 3 of my new book, Arousing the Spirit (Wood Lake Publishing). In Chapter Three of my book Arousing the Spirit, I argue that Jesus did his “shadow work” just like the rest of us. In fact, making Jesus a perfect being who didn’t need to struggle with all […]

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The Truth Is Laughter


by Susan McCaslin Some Reflections on Chapter 2 of my new book, Arousing the Spirit (Wood Lake Publishing). In Chapter Two of Arousing the Spirit, “Jester Jesus,” I explore some of the ramifications of Jesus’ keen wit and earthy sense of humour. I try to establish not only that the Galilean had a funny bone, […]

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A Perfect Christmas Quandary


by Susan McCaslin Some Reflections on Chapter 1 of my new book, Arousing the Spirit (Wood Lake Publishing). Why would a book exploring the mystical side of Christianity begin with a chapter on perfectionism? Well, many of the great mystics talk about the “ladder” or “scale of perfection” as a metaphor for ascending stages in […]

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A Sermon By Any Other Name


by Susan McCaslin This is the first in a series of Susan McCaslin’s reflections on her new book, Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings (Wood Lake Publishing, Oct. 2011). I have a confession to make. Some of the pieces in my new book of essays and accompanying prayer-poems or poem-prayers began as (wait for it!) “sermons.” […]

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