Dr. Michael Bauman’s Foreword

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Below is Michael Bauman's Foreword for Mud & Poetry: Love, Sex, and the Sacred (Fresh Air Books, 2010). Dr. Bauman was my favorite professor at Hillsdale College.   Regarding the use of earthly images, Christian spirituality has been of two minds: negation and affirmation. The first, because of God’s transcendence, stressed the grand dissimilarity between the Creator and all ...

Mud & Poetry Sample Chapter

I, too, saw God through mud— The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled. Chapter 1 Mud & Poetry We must not rank ourselves too low; and with still greater care we must see that we do not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux   Some people think of Christianity as the color white, like ...