• The hidden God

    Jean Claude Attard

    Si comprehendis, non est Deus. Whatever can be grasped as an object of comprehension cannot be God. The danger is that humans stop with the self, conflating and replacing God with the self. Coming to terms with God’s incomprehensibility is learning to accept – following the Son’s example (Philippians 2:6-8) ...

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  • When Santa meets Scrooge

    Jean Claude Attard

    Both Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge seem to be ever more characteristic of our times. Santa is bubbly, he prizes the conformists, and he is overtly commercial. Scrooge, on the other hand, is lonely, he celebrates himself, and he is utterly boring. Think about gatherings. We seldom give each other ...

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  • Unhinged

    Jean Claude Attard

    Can we forget something we did not live to remember? Nathan Wachtel argues that we do not remember on our own, but we can only make sense of recollections within the broader context which we belong to. Our identity is negotiated with reference to a past which we choose to ...

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  • At a loss

    Jean Claude Attard

    Losses take different shapes and forms. It is when trying to make sense of these losses that we come at a loss for both words and, perhaps, even meaning. Muted and dreary as we are, we ask questions about ourselves we cannot answer (Why me? Why now? What is the ...

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  • Sacralising Feminism

    Jean Claude Attard

    Defining feminism is controversial. Not even self-acclaimed feminists seem to agree amongst themselves about what feminism is. Gloria Steinem famously claimed that “Feminism is not about a piece of the existing pie… It’s about baking a new pie.” The writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organiser argues that feminism is ...

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  • The painter who cut up his own masterpiece

    Jean Claude Attard

    The newly-built Amsterdam town hall was to feature a stirring depiction of a legendary meeting, at night, between tribal chiefs about to revolt against their Roman invaders. The above painting is what Rembrandt, the great Dutch painter commissioned to paint the meeting, came up with. This is, according to art ...

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  • A much-needed election silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    In this brief, albeit hostile electoral campaign, there are many questions to be asked and many things to ponder about. The one answer we should be able to account for beyond this Saturday’s vote is not, perhaps, who would be representing us in government but, more worryingly, why that would ...

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  • Rooted silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    Shusako Endo’s Silence, now a major film by Martin Scorsese, is about heroes and cowards, about joy and despair, and about believing and doubting, but who is who and what is what is unendingly subtle. This film is the story of two young Portuguese Jesuit priests as they attempt to ...

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  • Sacredlessness

    Jean Claude Attard

    Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend ...

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  • “L-Għaġeb”

    Jean Claude Attard

    L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses ...

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