Cover Illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Thirteen: Image Bearers (Spring 2021)

Goodness, Truth and Beauty
Landon Loftin on Humanity 

Introducing Worth Reading
Jason Smith on a New Column Coming to AUJ

Matrix of Meaning: Five Theses on Christianity and Culture
Donald Williams on the Relationship between Human Nature and Creativity

Transhumanism and the Abolition of the Human Person
Julie Miller on Transhumanism’s Materialistic Shortcomings

Stained-glass Man
Donald Catchings on Man’s Own Image

My Favorite Things
Christy Luis on Coming Out of and into the Fire

Gender and the Imago Dei: Together We Reflect the Image of God
Annie Crawford on Marriage’s Divine Purpose

A Silent Genocide: Disability and the Ongoing Consequences of Social Darwinism
Zak Schmoll on the Tragedy of Eugenics

Do You Long for Having Your Heart Interlinked?: The Imago Dei and Our Need for Relationships in the Blade Runner Universe
Megan Joy Rials on Love, Authenticity, and Reality

Thorin and Bilbo: Image Bearers
John Weitzel on Heroism, the Old Testament, and God’s Will

Deepest Wonder, Remarkable Beauty: Sonnets in Praise of Life and the Imago Dei
Annie Nardone on the Miracle of Life

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Twelve: George MacDonald (Advent 2020)

The Imagination: Its Function and its Culture
George MacDonald on the Foundational Role of Imagination in Thought with an Introduction by Annie Nardone

Romanticism, the Marble Lady, and Orders of Longing in Phantastes
Kelly Lehtonen on MacDonald’s Christian View of Human Nature

Phantastes: Enchanting Beauty and Sacrificial Love
Seth Myers on Joy, Hope, and Faith

The Richness of Plain Talk: Interview with David Jack on Translating the Beauty of George MacDonald
Annie Nardone on Language and Literature

Old MacDonald’s Dish: A Hearty Serving of George MacDonald’s Thoughts on the Imagination and its Relevance to Contemporary Apologetics
Daniel Ray on Why MacDonald Matters

Fight the Miserable Things: Reflections on Joy in At the Back of the North Wind
Jason Monroe on Regaining Joy with Imagination

A Heavenly Guide: Lewis’s ‘Teacher’ in The Great Divorce
Donald Catchings on the Wise Scotsman

Good Enough to Believe In: George MacDonald and Knowledge of the Ineffable
George Scondras a Justified Belief in God

Lilith and The Queen’s Gambit: Two Ingenue Who Learn Love Through Sacrifice
Seth Myers on Growing with Community

Aëranths, Angels, and Allegory
John Tuttle on Allegory in The Golden Key

MacDonald, George
Aaron Stephens on the Border of Fairyland

On George MacDonald
G. K. Chesterton on One of His Favorite Authors

The Lizard or the Stallion? George MacDonald on the Retroactivity of Heaven and Hell in The Great Divorce
Megan Joy Rials on Lewis’s Choice of Guide

From MacDonald to Magical Realism: Faith and Fantasy with the Romantics, Marquez, Murakami and Van Halen
Seth Myers on MacDonald’s Influence on Fantasy for Adults

Cover illustration by Virginia De La Lastra

Issue Eleven: Medieval Minds (Fall 2020)

Annie Crawford on Holy Wonder

Memento Mori: A Reflection on “The Ruin”
Holly Ordway on the Question of Progress

Dante for Moderns
Seth Myers on Serving Our Fellow Man

A Call to Lament: An Apologetic Study of the Anglo-Saxon Elegies
Alison DeLong on Comprehending Struggle and Responding to It

Chronological Snobbery: In Reply to Contemporary Petrarchs
Donald Catchings on Valuing the Past

The Gravity of Sin: Truth in the Grotesque in Dante’s Inferno
Cherish Nelson on the Depths of Evil

The Quest of the Golden Queen
Karise Gililland on the Lady and the Dragon

Christ, Our Hero at Calvary: Meaning and Metaphor in Beowulf and “The Dream of the Rood”
Alex Markos on Understanding the Resurrection

Death and Redemption for the Modern Heart: What We Can Learn from the Anglo-Saxon Elegy
Sandra Hicks on Christ, the Warrior-King

Thomas Aquinas: Understanding Evil
Annie Nardone on Darkness and Life

Hogwarts in History: The Neo-Medieval Vision of Harry Potter
Annie Crawford on Our Love of the Medieval

The Book of Kells
Jacqueline Medcalf on Seeing a Wonder

An Unlikely Witness
Korine Martinez on the Perspective of the Cross

Wearing One’s Habits: Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Making of a Virtuous Man
Karise Gililland on Cultivating Goodness

The Dream of the Crown
Donald Catchings on Piercing His Brow

Hagia Sophia and the Evidential Power of Beauty: Divine Architecture as Apologetics
Ted Wright on Truth in Stone

Death, Grief, & Hope in Pearl
Carla Alvarez on Progressing through Grief

The Venerable Bede: Following the Medieval Christian Footpath
Annie Nardone on Preserving History

Francis of Assisi
Seth Myers on Medieval Relevance

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

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

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

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

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


Adam Brackin on a Voyage to Paradise


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


A Short Story by Adam Brackin


Fall 2018 - Courage, Strength, and Hope
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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


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
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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
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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


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