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Artist in Residence 2019, Lancelot Schaubert

Galatians 4:21–5:1:

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written:

“Be glad, barren woman,

you who never bore a child;

shout for joy and cry aloud,

you who were never in labor;

because more are the children of the desolate woman

than of her who has a husband.”

Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

October 7, 2019

For the third part, we really are trying to capture how scientism is really a sort of magical thinking and how religion — how ontological philosophy — is more causally bound.

We’re getting at the nature of magic and how, if it’s real, it’s something more like prayer and less like voodoo, more like hope and imagination and less like the sort of snake oil we see in Silicon Valley. All in the same milieu with a bit of discovery of the continuing backstory.

Read “Toss the Spell for Prayer” by Lancelot Schaubert

Note: These stories contain strong language and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Read Lancelot’s first and second posts to follow the development of his 2019 Artist in Residence project.

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