A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

Monthly Archives: April 2006

Boats against the current

I used F. Scott (no relation) Fitzgerald’s last line from the Great Gatsby,

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

in an email note today, basically as an excuse for why something I’ve been working on probably won’t be finished on time, and why we should probably revert to an older version. This is just one of the many advantages of a sort-of liberal arts undergraduate degree: better sounding excuses.


Postmodern Evangelicalism

I’m not a theologian, but I’m not alone in thinking that traditional evangelicalism (especially with its increased association with political conservatism) seems an inadequate response to a theology that fits well with Christian “experience and doxology.” In fact, I discovered what is almost a manifesto: Postconservative Evangelicals Greet the Postmodern Age. For example:

Postconservatives tend to be impatient with exclusive claims to “the correct interpretation” of the Bible or tradition. Yet they are equally impatient with individualistic reveling in ambiguity that results in relativism. Their interest lies in developing open theological systems rather than timeless frameworks of propositional truths. They do not want to ignore the words of the early English Separatist John Robinson: “God always has more light to break forth from his Word!”

Pungent Garry Wills essay

Garry Wills on Christ Among the Partisans – New York Times

THERE is no such thing as a “Christian politics.” If it is a politics, it cannot be Christian. Jesus told Pilate: “My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supporters would have fought against my being turned over to the Jews. But my reign is not here” (John 18:36). Jesus brought no political message or program.

Added: Should have tipped hat to Paul L..

Following the Stations of the Cross with the Sacred Harp

I’ve created a web page, Following the Stations of the Cross with the
Sacred Harp
. It is also linked from my Sacred Harp page. Some may find this a useful spiritual practice.

Medieval Catholic devotional practice mashed up with early New England Protestant music sung by 21st century anythings. Who’da thought?

Christian Harmony recordings online

Along with Thomas B. Malone, of SingIngalls.org, I’ve made available on my website recordings from Tom’s 2005 “performance edition” of The Christian Harmony. Tom hosts an annual convention of singers of Ingalls’s music, originally published in 1805.

The page is Christian Harmony Recordings, and contains all of the MP3 files from Tom’s four Christian Harmony CDs, including his latest, Newfound Hills, which is an interesting ‘teaching CD’ with Tom singing all four parts.

A shoutout to my son, Mark, who did a lot of good data entry to get this ready to go.


Don’t pay attention to those americocentrics who think today is interesting because it contains 1:02:03 4-5-6. Wait till the 4th of May, when at the tone, the time will ISO-ficially be: