Joy, Happiness, and Scientific Utopia

It is easy to conflate the concepts of joy and happiness, but C.S. Lewis defines joy as a unique phenomenon:  “[A]n unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any […]

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Answering Joker’s Dark-Knight-Defying Anarchy

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight deservedly garnered rave reviews: in addition to the creative script and comfortable balance of action to inaction, the late Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker was […]

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Fight the Miserable Things: Reflections on Joy in At the Back of the North Wind

Ironically, viewing the year 2020 in hindsight may bring more despair and confusion than comfort and clarity of vision. As a result, we may turn often to literature of significance […]

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Cathedral Cosmos: A Glance Heavenward into the Medieval Model

My appetite for exploring England could not have been better whetted than by soaking up the smooth prose of the Zaleskis’ Inklings study, The Fellowship; enjoying Tolkien’s tale of Roverandom’s […]

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Rehabilitation of Practical Reason

  “We must extend the word Reason to include what our ancestors called Practical Reason and confess that judgements such as society ought to be preserved . . . are […]

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The Lord of the Rings and Consolation Concerning Death

Along with the fear of heights and of public speaking, thanatophobia — the fear of death — usually makes most Top Ten Fears lists. Given the grim statistic that one […]

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‘The Spiritual Borders of Sci-Fi’: C.S. Lewis and A Voyage to Arcturus

Preliminary: Why A Voyage to Arcturus? The limits of the literary genre Science Fiction (‘sci-fi’) have stretched ever since, according to C.S. Lewis, its works rose sharply in production in […]

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Who Authors the Authority? A Discussion of Watchmen and Rightful Rule

Since their origin, superheroes have captured our imaginations. They embody many things that we revere: strength, power, confidence, justice, and love. It goes without saying that a child stands in […]

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A Christian Reply to Ayn Rand’s Anthem

Ironically, dystopian fiction can be an escape into the very thing that readers seek to escape from. The stress of oppressed characters relates to the real world, and tales of […]

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