Month: October 2014


Is there a problem with Revelation Song, or with me?


I love "Revelation Song" by Jennie Lee Riddle. But there's this one line that I wonder about every time I sing it. All the lines but one contributes to a the feeling of being overwhelmed by the incredible vision the Apostle John describes in the heavenly throne room where innumerable...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Two Inconsistencies


John Wheelwright’s view of a radical transcendence (God is there, but he's so very, very far away), results in his inability to experience a flourishing faith like that of Owen Meany or many of his spiritual mentors since. I can't help but wonder if this is a result of John...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Shot”


In A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving presents an incarnational spirituality in the novel. Owen is the character that embodies this view of reality. That Irving is not able to embrace the incarnational view is manifest in the conversion of the story’s narrator, John Wheelwright. Wheelwright ends up believing...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Finger”


This post will not be about the finger.  You probably already figured out that through the removal of his finger, John Wheelwright joins Chief Watahantowet, the armadillo, the dressmaker's dummy, the Mary Magdalene statue in armlessness. By this point in the novel we have a pretty good understanding of the person...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Dream”


In the seventh chapter of A Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen's life continues to parallel that of Jesus: Because of Owen's attacks on the establishment, especially the hypocrisy of the new headmaster. Owen is brought before the Sanhedrin –he is called irreverent (289) and antireligious (409, 413). Eventually Owen’s enemies...