Commonplaces were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests. See the wikipedia article.

So it’s about time I begin commonplacing.


  • This post over at the Colossians Three Sixteen blog proffers some of the musical highlights thus far in 2006.
  • Remonstrans has great things to say about the Kyiv Seminary Choir, especially track 21: “O Ye Apostles from All Parts.”  You can listen here.

Literature: I wait with eager anticipation the arrival of the next issue (20:3) of the Oxford University Press journal Literature and Theology, in which Simon Marsden authored an article entitled “‘Vain are the thousand creeds’: Wuthering Heights, the Bible and Liberal Protestantism.” He abstracts the article:

This essay reconsiders Emily Brontë’s place within the theological history of the early nineteenth century. I argue that there is a complex system of biblical hermeneutics embedded within the narrative of Wuthering Heights. In the first part of the essay, I locate Brontë within the key theological and denominational contexts of her family life. In the second part, I offer a comparative reading of Wuthering Heights and Friedrich Schleiermacher’s The Christian Faith and argue that Brontë’s use of the Bible is founded upon a liberal hermeneutic that privileges personal, intuitive experience of the divine over traditional canonical authority.

Art: September 30 is “Museum Day”, when museums across the United States will open their doors to the public, free of charge. To find free museums in your area, go to the Smithsonian Magazine page here.