O Honor, Where Art Thou?: A Modern Day Odyssey

At first glance, bluegrass music and southern, Depression-era culture seem to be a world apart from the classic Greek myth, Homer’s Odyssey. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a film interpretation, produced in 2000 by the Coen Brothers, retelling that classic myth. This reimagining of the epic poem demonstrates that concepts of human morality and […]

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Just a Sidekick?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken. — Ecclesiastes 4:12, ESV When we think about heroic characters like Batman, Green Lantern, and Harry Potter, they are seldom the stories of loners. Each superhero has an assistant, friend, organized helper, […]

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75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film

Terry Glaspey, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film. Ada, MI: Baker Books, 2015. 382 pp. There are books that challenge us to visit1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States; to travel on 1,000 Adventures; […]

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Deepest Wonder, Remarkable Beauty: Sonnets in Praise of Life and the Imago Dei

We have come to a time when our culture craves autonomy – to an extreme. Not only are we divided from our neighbors, but we have also severed one of the most fundamental human bonds of all: the emotional connection between mother and child. A preborn baby can be compartmentalized as a problem that can […]

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The Richness of Plain Talk: Interview with David Jack on Translating the Beauty of George MacDonald

There was no question of getting through to the kernel and throwing away the shell: no question of a gilded pill. The pill was gold all through. The quality which had enchanted me in his imaginative works turned out to be the quality of the real universe, the divine, magical, terrifying, and ecstatic reality in […]

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The Venerable Bede: Following the Medieval Christian Footpath

For if history records good things of good men, the thoughtful hearer is encouraged to imitate what is good: or if it records evil of wicked men, the devout, religious listener or reader is encouraged to avoid all that is sinful and perverse and to follow what he knows to be good and pleasing to […]

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Thomas Aquinas: Understanding Evil

At some point, most of us will go through a crisis of belief and wonder if there is a God. If God exists, why doesn’t He prevent evil? Christians recite all of the stock replies and appropriate Bible verses to ease the pain in a struggling friend’s mind and heart. We are brave in our […]

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What Makes Us Human – Observations on Blade Runner

How can it not know what it is? — Rick Deckard, Blade Runner   That can be a question or a declaration put forth by Deckard, a Blade Runner hired to kill rogue replicants in the cinematic dystopian classic, Blade Runner. The film demands a deep dig into our personal definition of what it is […]

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Gender, Not Sex: Presentation of Gender Roles in Lewis’s The Ransom Trilogy

Having abused and misconstrued the word “gender,” we moderns have succeeded in obscuring its meaning entirely. Gender can apply to a quality that we are born with, or more recently, an attribute we can choose — a recent report gives us seventy-one gender options and counting.[1]  Gender and sex are often used interchangeably, blurring the […]

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A Passage to Something Better

It is mainly concerned with Death, and Immortality. J.R.R. Tolkien, commenting on The Lord of the Rings in a letter, October 14, 1958. Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a book that will break your heart. C.S. Lewis, Image and Imagination   Death. The mere sound of […]

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