science fiction

Issue Ten: Science Fiction (Summer 2020)

‘The Spiritual Borders of Sci-Fi’: C.S. Lewis and A Voyage to Arcturus
Jason Monroe on One of C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Inspirations

Ghost
Alicia Pollard on the Consequences of the Iron Order

Illustrating Faith
Josiah Peterson on Faith in The Ransom Trilogy

Gender, Not Sex: Presentation of Gender Roles in Lewis’s The Ransom Trilogy
Annie Nardone on the Harmonious Relationship of Masculinity and Femininity

Spacemen without Chests? Virtue and Technology in Star Trek and Dune
Seth Myers on the Relevance of C.S. Lewis in Popular Science Fiction

Gremlins and the Second Way
Carla Alvarez on Creation and Causation

To Infinity and Beyond? Science Fiction, Imagination, and Education
Douglas LeBlanc on Improving Our Grasp of God

Time Travelers
Laurie Grube on a Journey Together

The Autumn People: How Love and Laughter Conquer Evil in Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes
Megan Joy Rials on Goodness, Sacrifice, and Community

Materialism and Midichlorians: Pantheism, Naturalism, and Hope in Star Wars
Zak Schmoll on the Apologetic Value of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Imagining Morality:  Alasdair Macintyre’s Virtue Theory & Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
Sean Hadley on Moral Development in Speculative Fiction

Excerpt from Note to Self
Donald Catchings on the Perils of Changing Time

Book Review: Brandon Sanderson’s Starsight Neglects Philosophy in Favor of Politics
Christy Luis on the Need for Philosophical Depth

Ethics of The Matrix
Carla Alvarez on the Insufficiency of Relativism

What Makes Us Human – Observations on Blade Runner
Annie Nardone on the Mystery of Human-ness

Personhood in Altered Carbon: The Body as Fundamental
Cherish Nelson on the Dangers of Diminishing the Body

To Save a Life
Zak Schmoll on Finding Resolution

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Nine: The Worlds of Tolkien (Spring 2020)

Supernatural Words
Josiah Peterson on the Importance of Tolkien’s Language

Courage at the Crossroad:  Death and Immortality in The Lord of the Rings
Annie Crawford on the Way of the Cross

One Theme to Rule Them All: A Collection of Catholic Elements in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Karise McLeod Gililland on the Centrality of Catholicism in Tolkien’s Work

The Hero from Bagshot Row
Donald Catchings on Tolkien’s True Hero

The Beauty of a Growing Friendship
Zak Schmoll on True Friends

Melchizedek, Bombadil, and the Numinous in The Lord of the Rings
Carla Alvarez on a Perplexing Being in Middle-earth

Tom Bombadil: The Value of an Enigma
Clark Weidner on a Merry, yet Confusing, Fellow

Finishing Well
Annie Nardone on Finding Purpose in Interruptions

Awakening Joy
Korine Martinez on the Power of Imagination

The “Common Good” in Tolkien’s Rural Communities
S. Dorman on a Biblical Vision in Tolkien’s Sub-Creation

Loth Lorien
Donald T. Williams on Fading Glory

Tolkien and Miyazaki: Princess Mononoke and The Lord of the Rings in Conversation
Seth Myers on Nature and Morality

Melkor and Illúvatar
George Scondras on the Music of Creation

Book Review: An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien
Zak Schmoll on Donald T. Williams’s Recent Publication

A Passage to Something Better
Annie Nardone on the Christian’s Hope and Home

To J. R. R. Tolkien
Donald T. Williams on a Genius’s Legacy

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Eight: The Genius of G. K. Chesterton (Advent 2019)

Literary Priests in the Tavern at the End of the World
Joseph Pearce on an Imagined Meeting

Chesterton As Story-Teller: The Shop of Ghosts
G. K. Chesterton on a Dying Man

Chesterton and the Seven Heavens
Michael Ward on Chesterton’s View of the Heptarchy

The White Light of Wonder: G.K. Chesterton’s Philosophy of Art
Melissa Cain Travis on a Common-Sense Critic

The Happy Home to Which We Are All Faring
Rebekah Valerius on Sacrificing Honour

A Defence of Armchair Philosophy: G. K. Chesterton and the Pretensions of Scientism
Mark Linville on Reason with a Root

Chesterton As Philosopher: The Revival of Philosophy
G. K. Chesterton on Differences in Philosophy

Another Resurrection: If Only We Could Understand
Donald Catchings Jr. on the Artist and the Image of God

Creation, Corruption, and Celebration on a Thursday
Shawn White on Chesterton’s Central Motifs in The Man Who Was Thursday

Escaping the Madhouse
Clark Weidner on the Question of Sanity

The Freedom of Boundaries
Zak Schmoll on Establishing Limits

Chesterton at the Movies
Seth Myers on Life of Pi, A Wrinkle in Time, and Hallmark

Frances Chesterton and Christmas
Nancy C. Brown on Why Frances Chesterton Loved Christmas

Chesterton As Poet: The Wise Men
G. K. Chesterton on the Christ Child

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Seven: Dystopia (Fall 2019)

The Good News in Dystopia 
Michael Heiser on How the Gospel Shines in the Darkness 

=== Act I: The Question ===

Orwell’s 1984, 70 Years Later: Are We the Dead?
Donald Catchings on the Relevance of a Classic

A Christian Reply to Ayn Rand’s Anthem
Jason Monroe on Objectivism and Human Value

The Silent Providence of Pain
Daniel Asperheim on the Problem of Evil and Providence

The Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the World to Come: The Zombie Apocalypse as the Gospel in Reverse 
John Gillespie on Scarcity and Abundance in Dark Times

C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, and The Handmaid’s Tale: A Reflection on Art as Poiema
Nicole Howe on Reconsidering Atwood’s Vision

This Captain, Buffeted
Karise Gililland on STEM and the Humanities

=== Act II: The Answer ===

Hope in Dystopia
Annie Nardone on Rising from the Deadness

Book Review – Cultural Apologetics by Paul Gould 
Annie Crawford on a Valuable New Resource

Why Are We Drawn to the Dystopian?
Zak Schmoll on Awakening through Dystopia 

=== Act III: Redemption ===

The Truth Will Set You Free
Donald Catchings on Breaking the Line

A Failure of Strength: A Study in Christian Resistance
George Scondras on Orwell, Williams, and Christ

Light
Alicia Pollard on the Silence After the Rebirth 

Better Together: How the CW’s The 100 Reflects Generation Z’s Longing for Community
Cherish Nelson on Octavia’s Desire to Belong 

Bohemian Rocketmen in a Yellow Submarine: Dystopia, Eutopia and the Music of Belonging
Seth Myers on Music, Love, and Community

Wanted
Korine Martinez on a Naturally Occurring Biological Fetus

Cover illustration by M.A. Liszt

Issue Six: Film and Music (Summer 2019)

Bridging the Gap: An Introduction 
Zak Schmoll on Connecting the Culture to the Gospel

In the Trenches
Annie Nardone on the Impact of Popular Music

In Page and Film: Visions of Virtue in Harry Potter
Roger Maxson on the Boy Who Lived

A Sonnet to Music: The Language of the Soul
Donald W. Catchings, Jr. on the Calling of Song

The Function of Absolute Music for Religious and Non-Religious Minds
Will Daniels on Absolute Music and Apologetics

Narnia Adapted to Film: The Triune Dance
Kyoko Yuasa on Narnian Intercessors

Who Authors the Authority? A Discussion of Watchmen and Rightful Rule
Jason Monroe on Understanding the Role of Authority

Comedy-Drama in Film: Caught Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday
Hannah Zarr on Dramedy, a Christian View of Reality

The Witch and the Horror of Eternal Consequences
Philip Tallon and Cameron McAllister on the Portrayal of Real Evil

Analyzing the Fact/Value Dichotomy in Ready Player One: The Movie: A Social Commentary and a Cautionary Tale
Charlotte Thomason on the Potential Consequences of Virtual Reality and Video Games

C.S. Lewis, Myth and Filmmaking
Timothy Nargi, Jr. on the Power of Indirect Communication

The Value of Smuggled Theology in Music
Sheila Krygsheld on Why What We Hear Matters

Lewisvaldi
Seth Myers on C.S. Lewis and the Seasons

On Judging Movies
Daniel Asperheim on What Makes a Movie Good

Serenity and the Theodicy of Joss Whedon
Carla Alvarez on Film and the Free Will Defense

Where Are All the Great Christian Films?
Joseph Holmes on What Christian Movies Can Be

A Series of Unfortunate Events and the Persistence of Hope
Zak Schmoll on Why We Refuse to Despair

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

 

Issue Five: Imagination (Spring 2019)

 

The Imagination and Its Role in Faith
Carla Alvarez on the Imagination Opening Minds

 

We Have Sinned and Grown Old: A Reflection on the Imagination and Motherhood
Nicole Howe on the Innocence of Youthful Wonder

 

Messiah
Adam Brackin on a Voyage to Paradise

 

Awe
Annie Nardone on Regaining a Sense of Wonder

 

The Adventures of Asher Svenson: Story Two: A Feast of Fishes
Lucas W. Holt on What Happened at the Seashore

 

Reviving a Sacred Imagination
Annie Crawford on Reason and the Imagination as Necessary for Discipleship

 

Light in the Darkness
Korine Martinez on Striving against Evil

 

Imagining Conversion
Josiah Peterson on Why Conversion Stories Change Lives

 

God, the Playwright
Donald Catchings on the Gospel as an Imaginative Masterpiece

 

The Armor of the Dragon: Chapter One: What Grew in the Garden
Daniel Asperheim on the Beginning of a Magical Adventure

 

Re-Enchanting the World: A Tale of Two Paradigms
Josh Herring on Overcoming Our Modern Disenchantment

 

Celestial Rodeo
Daniel Ray on the Importance of Humility

 

The Imaginative Power of Sub-Creation
Zak Schmoll on Why We Love Tolkien’s Stories

 

 

Issue Four: Celebrating Planet Narnia: Ten Years in Orbit (Advent 2018)

 

For Your Contemplation: What You’ll See When You Read This Issue
An Introduction by Ryan Grube

 

Seven Questions: AUJ with Michael Ward
An Interview

 

Where Paradoxes Play: Michael Ward on Christian Orthodoxy
An Essay by Jahdiel Perez

 

Why We Love to Visit Narnia
An Essay by Louis Markos

 

An Unexpected Journey: Imaginative Apologetics and the Ward Moment – A Personal Reflection
An Essay by John Mark Reynolds

 

A Seven-Days’ Journey through the Heavens
A Poem by Holly Ordway

 

Planet Narnia as Creative Inspiration
An Essay by Malcolm Guite

 

The Daily Planet
A Poem by Malcolm Guite

 

The Circle Dance
A Poem by Malcolm Guite

 

C. S. Lewis: A Life
A Poem by Donald T. Williams

 

(Re)Considering the Planet Narnia Thesis
An Essay by Brenton Dickieson

 

A Defense of Planet Narnia
An Essay by Josiah Peterson

 

Return to Planet Narnia
An Essay by Michael Ward

 

Table Narnia: Fugue to Evangelical Adventure
An Essay by Kyoko Yuasa

 

The Cure Has Begun
An Essay by Annie Crawford

 

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Rehabilitation of Practical Reason
An Essay by Jason Monroe

 

Gravitational Pull
A Reflection by Marshall Arthur Liszt

 

Quarantine
A Short Story by Adam Brackin

 

Fall 2018 - Courage, Strength, and Hope
Cover designed by Virginia De La Lastra

 

Issue Three: Courage, Strength, and Hope (Fall 2018)

 

A Reason for Our Hope: The Role of Fairy Stories in Christian Apologetics
Nicole Howe on Why Fairy Stories Matter

 

The Adventures of Asher Svenson: Story One: The Secret Wood
Lucas W. Holt on the Mystery of the Forest

 

Tales of Courage and Hope: Black Panther in Middle Earth and Narnia
Seth Myers on the Connections from Oxford to Hollywood

 

Hope, Life, and the Fountain of Trevi
Carla Alvarez on the Power of Water

 

The Lord of the Rings and Consolation Concerning Death
Jason Monroe on the Central Theme of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Masterpiece

 

The Heroism of the Ordinary in The Lord of the Rings
Zak Schmoll on the Character of Samwise Gamgee

 

Lava: A Story of Love and Hope
Carla Alvarez on the Deeper Themes within the Pixar Short

 

The Power in Pain
Annie Nardone on the First-Hand Experience of Pain

 

Courage in the Cosmos
Daniel Ray on the Boldness of Our Story

 

The Homeric Versus the Christian Ideal of Man
Josiah Peterson on Contrasting the Nature of Humanity

 

Relict
Karise Gililland on the Transition from Bewildered Suffering to Active Hope

 

The Making of a Hero
Carla Alvarez on the Changing Modern Perspective of Heroism

 

Tales of Courage and Hope: Hamilton in Middle Earth and Narnia: Part One & Part Two
Seth Myers on the Connections from Oxford to Broadway

 

Summer 2018 - The Power of Story
Cover designed by Virginia De La Lastra

 

Issue Two: The Power of Story (Summer 2018)

 

Literary Apologetics: A Spell for the Refreshment of Spirit
Annie Crawford on Why Stories Matter

 

Hume in Elfland
Rebekah Valerius on an Imagined Meeting between Hume and Chesterton

 

For What Purpose
Charlotte Thomason on Why C.S. Lewis Wrote about Narnia

 

Augustine’s The Confessions: The Power of Spiritual Autobiography
Nicole Howe on the Importance of First Person Testimonies

 

Dry Bones
Korine Martinez on Why We Must Never Lose Hope

 

Finding Faith in Fairy Tales: Answers for Modern Skeptics from C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair
Annie Crawford on Why Faith Is a Reasonable Answer to Uncertainty

 

Devouring Reason – The Myth of Arachne Retold
Rebekah Valerius on the Desire for Meaning

 

God the Great Iconoclast: C.S. Lewis’s Personal Theodicy
Edward Stengel on Addressing the Problem of Pain

 

Lewis in La La Land
Seth Myers on the Search for Significance

 

Sneaking Past Watchful Dragons: Imaginative Apologetics and the Games We Play
Karise Gililland on How Games are a Delayed Apologetic

 

Spring 2018 - The Abolition of Man
Cover designed by Virginia De La Lastra

 

Issue One: The Abolition of Man (Spring 2018)

 

Dear Reader
Zak Schmoll on the Purpose of This Project

 

Lewis Among the Ancients … and Moderns
Seth Myers on Lewis’ Trip through Literary History

 

The Abolition of Students
Rebekah Valerius on the Consequences of Naturalism on Campus

 

“Will These Hands Ne’er be Clean?”: C.S. Lewis and the Apologetic Response to the Themes of Macbeth
Edward Stengel on the Reality of Human Evil

 

Creation
Annie Nardone on the Majesty of the Cosmos

 

The Death of Freedom
Hannah Zarr on the Insufficiency of Nietzsche’s Innovation

 

Dragons in Our ‘Darkest Hours’: Slaying All Day the Lewis Way
Karise Gililland on Combating the Dragon of Sexual Exploitation

 

Searching the Stars
Annie Crawford on the Modern Difference between Quality and Quantity

 

The Separation of Narnia and Tao
Zak Schmoll on the Destruction of Objective Truth in The Last Battle

 

Abolition of Man as Sci-Fi: C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy
Seth Myers on the Integration of the Abolition of Man into Lewis’ Fiction

 

From The Green Book to The River: Lewis, Relativism, and Constructivism in Education
Carla Alvarez on the Shortcomings of Constructivism