The first three photos are of three places in Jerusalem often seen on T.V.: the first, associated with Judaism, is the Western (or Wailing) Wall , where I am giving a poor imitation of the visiting dignitaries who love to be photographed there; the second, associated with Islam, is the Dome of the Rock or the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount; the third, associated with Christianity, is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (or Church of the Resurrection) considered to be the site of Jesus’s empty tomb. The final photo is of a Jerusalem generally not to be seen except in person: the one in which modernity, in the form of a superhighway, sits comfortably next to the holy city’s ancient Temple. This modern context, which the three religions share, is where historic conflicts between themwill have to be adjusted if they are not to remain never-ending.
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My life has had three phases: one as a Jesuit seminarian, recorded in my 2015 memoir (Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, Oak Tree Press); another as a college teacher and scholar of 19th century British Literature, best recorded in Coleridge's Progress to Christianity: Experience and Authority in Religious Faith (Associated University Presses, 1995); and finally my current phase as a retiree given to social media posts and photo commentary on my travels with my wife, Mary. View all posts by ronwendlingoutlookcom