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 transcending bad places (“dys” “topias”) comprise part of a reader’s path toward peace. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag seeks to reclaim literature and art suppressed […]

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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 awe as Batman confidently appears from the shadows to rescue a helpless victim from her attacker. Most kids are especially drawn to Superman: he embodies […]

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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 not mere sentiments but are rationality itself. . .” C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man Imagine strolling downtown and asking passersby, “How would you define […]

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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 out of every one person dies, death is commonly either greatly feared or greatly ignored. Interestingly, according to some religions, a few men have not […]

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