Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, died in 1898 at the age of sixty-five, and so was unavailable to celebrate his hundredth birthday. Event organizers in America, however, realized they could get — Alice? The girl who inspired the children’s classic, now an old woman, agreed to come.
The former Alice Liddell sailed from England and arrived in New York on April 29, 1932. A Paramount newsreel, Alice in U.S. Land!, was filmed before she disembarked. She had a prepared speech:
“It is a great honor and a great pleasure to have come over here, and I think…
I pick up the published journal of a legendary performer in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and what do I find? “I ask for spiritual enlightenment,” she writes. Or jotting:
“ask holy spirit to breath into you
Do what you can because there are many things that need doing.
Mission from God”
Those stressing her importance to LGBT history are as apt to overlook the references. Let’s examine the spiritual history of Candy Darling.
‘Jimmy’ grew up in Massapequa Park, New York. There is as yet no biography (one is expected), but we have available a…
It wasn’t readers who made him immortal, but moviegoers. A German art film based on Dracula was released in 1922. A phenomenon was born, and biographers went to find out who Stoker had been.
He’d been somehow sickly as a boy, but pushed himself to be an athletic young man. He married at age 31, and had one child.
To learn about him has been a tug-of-war with the blanks and silences. The first major break was in 1975, when Daniel Farson, a journalist who was Stoker’s grand-nephew, published a biography. It had facts the family hadn’t planned to share.
He wasn’t Clive, he said. He was ‘Jacksie’. The story of his re-naming is curious. Here is a telling of the story by his older brother Warren, or ‘Warnie’:
“Disliking ‘Clive’, and feeling his various baby-names to be beneath his dignity, he marched up to my mother, put a forefinger to his chest, and announced ‘He is Jacksie’. He stuck to this the next day and thereafter, refused to answer to any other name: Jacksie it had to be, a name contracted to Jacks and then Jack.”
Warnie doesn’t note that ‘Jacksie’ was British slang for the ‘anus’.
This was back in 1956. As found in the ‘classic’ book, Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, America’s largest religion was riveted by a tale of the dark, violent ‘Auca’—which meant ‘savages’.
But I’d started to re-think the narrative as I read God in the Rainforest, Kathryn T. Long’s 2019 scholarly study of Evangelical missions in Ecuador.
“The indigenous people were secondary, shadowy figures. Most important was the book’s portrayal of the drama of missionary life and its spiritual challenge.”
Even the most basic facts had been unclear. …
A distraught mother, Patricia Pulling, seemed to prove it. For a decade she led a crusade against a game. I’m looking up facts, and finding a lot I didn’t expect. You won’t hear any of this in church.
Whenever you’d see Patricia Pulling, she came off as the voice of conscience and reason. And her 1989 book, The Devil’s Web: Who’s Stalking Your Children for Satan, was available in a Christian bookstore near you!
She opens with the terrible tragedy she’d endured—reconstructing her son’s last day of life, June 9, 1982, moment by moment.
Irving Lee Pulling II—known as ‘Bink’—was…
Hanging people to death for having sex might not seem like a very Christian thing to do—as often as it’s been done. But a story from Puritan America in 1644 puzzles for other reasons. Historians aren’t clear why James Britton and Mary Latham were executed.
Many books summarize the account from the journal of John Winthrop, the governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. He tells of a “proper young woman” whose father, a “godly man,” had “brought her up well.”
She fell in love with a young man—who rejected her. …
* This post discusses the idea that the gospels of the New Testament tell a story of sexual abuse. Themes include rape and torture.
In 1998, he was an Anglican graduate student in London working on his Ph.D. about the history of Liberation Theology in Latin America. He read an account of a female health worker who had been tortured and killed in El Salvator in the early 1980s.
He tells the story in a few places, including a recent interview with The Shiloh Podcast. The details of the woman’s death were gristly, terrible, horrifying. …
They wouldn’t be drawn to members of both sexes. Or would they? If Christians read one way, scholars have been reading the New Testament narratives in another: with the cultural psychology of the time.
They seem to have a rather close relationship. The centurion calls his slave a Greek word, παῖς, that can suggest a sexual relationship. In Luke 7:2, the slave was “dear” or “precious” him. This man seems to really love his slave.
religion. sex. facts.