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Author Event: COLIN DICKEY
06/25/2012 7:30 pm
Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the Ends of Faith (Unbridled)
With a lively intellect and fresh insight, Afterlives of the Saints presents us with a history of faith as told through some of the strangest stories of the saints. There are saints who murder, some who gouge their eyes out while holding them for inspection, saints who minister to the petty and the bizarre and the maligned. Today, such ascetics, pushing their bodies to the edges of experience, would be labeled with all manner of clinical diagnoses: masochism, anorexia, schizophrenia. Yet, these are figures who, when visited in a contemporary context, can actually enlarge our concept of faith. These saints have become a creative engine by which we can tap into the rich attraction of excess, while safely observing a kind of superhuman insanity. Colin Dickey (Cranioklepty) retells their stories, not as a theologian, but as someone trying to understand the ways of the world.