Death, Grief, and Hope in Pearl

There is one commonality among every person born. Each will die. Even though this is known to be true with absolute certainty, it still seems to come as a shock.  There is a sense of wrongness about it, an unnaturalness.  Particularly for those who have not lived what would be considered a full number of […]

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Ethics of The Matrix

MORPHEUS Do you want to know what it is, Neo? It’s that feeling you have had all your life. That feeling that something was wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad, driving you to me. But what is it?[1]   […]

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Gremlins and the Second Way

When children wake up on Christmas morning to filled stockings, they know there was someone that filled them. When we open the mailbox to find a letter, we know that there was both an originator of the letter as well as a person that brought it. In the same way, Thomas Aquinas reasoned in his […]

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Melchizedek, Bombadil, and the Numinous in The Lord of the Rings

In The Fellowship of the Ring, an interesting figure makes an entrance.  Tom Bombadil comes to the aid of the hobbits, rescuing them from the clutches of Old Man Willow. Tom and his wife, Goldberry, only appear in this one episode and are briefly mentioned in the remainder of the epic; however, Bombadil captured the […]

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serenity and the theodicy of Joss Whedon

Serenity and the Theodicy of Joss Whedon

John Lennon gave voice to the longing of a disenchanted generation in his song, “Imagine.” Speaking to and for a culture ripped apart by civil strife and racial tension, one in which the flower of its youth was sent halfway across the world to the humid jungles of Southeast Asia, the words of Lennon’s ballad […]

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The Imagination and Its Role in Faith

In Jesus’s final words to his followers, he commanded them to “make disciples of all nations.”[1] This imperative extends to all his followers until his return. Throughout the centuries, we can see those who witnessed through a variety of styles: Paul used logic and persuasion, Peter used fiery conviction, and Dorcas showed the love of […]

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The Making of a Hero

Courage comes in many forms. There is the courage of the moment when an individual rises to a challenge. There is the courage that is found in a group, a banding together and facing the odds. However, there is another sort of courage that begins in defeated circumstances with a person whom one would never […]

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Lava: A Story of Love and Hope

The world is looking for hope. We want to believe that whatever is going on, circumstances can change . . . things will get better. Pixar’s 2015 short film, Lava, is based on the idea of hope that perseveres. Written and directed by James Ford Murphy, Lava tells the story of a volcano, alone in […]

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Hope, Life, and the Fountain of Trevi

Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the city of Rome and among all of the city’s historical and artistic sites, one of the biggest draws is the Fountain of Trevi. A visit to the city is simply not complete if one has not visited and tossed their coins into the fountain. The […]

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The River

From The Green Book to The River: Lewis, Relativism, and Constructivism in Education

Looking for an endorsement, a publisher sent an elementary grammar textbook to C. S. Lewis for review. What he read within, based as it was on a relativistic worldview, so disturbed him that it prompted the essay, The Abolition of Man.  Unfortunately, the ideology within what he called The Green Book did not end with […]

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