Good Enough to Believe In: George MacDonald and Knowledge of the Ineffable

George MacDonald’s first fairy tale novel, At the Back of the North Wind, tells the story of a young English boy named Diamond who lives an almost cherubic life, mediating joy to all of those around him. The tale begins as one night he is awakened by the north wind blowing through a hole in […]

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Melkor and Illúvatar

Music was given to the Ainur by Illúvatar: music of what the world would be, music of Illúvatar’s will. But there was one who would not receive the music and instead desired to sing his own will. He began a clamorous and defiant noise, asserting himself against the true song. Melkor sang of desire, power, […]

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The Failure of Strength: A Study in Christian Resistance

If there is one clear point of dystopian stories, it is that the dystopia must be resisted. A well-crafted dystopian story presents that resistance as tenuous and difficult. One of the best-known stories of this type, George Orwell’s 1984, is an extended exploration of the formulation and failure of resistance. As Winston Smith, the main […]

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