Joy as Life’s Fuel and Safeguard: Mentalist, Jane Austen, Where the Crawdads Sing, Top Gun: Maverick, Thor: Love and Thunder

When you’re dead, you’re dead, and until then . . . there’s ice cream. — Patrick Jane, The Mentalist Joy was not a deception. Its visitations were rather the moments […]

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Global Superheroes from the Disneyverse and Studio Ghibli

“Of course, there are universal rules to which all goodness must conform. But that’s only the grammar of virtue. It’s not there that the sap is. He doesn’t make two […]

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Once a Prince or Princess: MacDonald’s Moral Superheroines and Heroes in the Princess Tales

Of all the stories I have read, including even all the novels of this same novelist, [The Princess and the Goblin] remains the most real, the most realistic . . […]

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Planets, Poetry, and the Power of Myth in Halo and Destiny

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point . . . A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to […]

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Phantastes: Enchanting Beauty and Sacrificial Love

“My spirits rose as I went deeper into the forest … I found cheerfulness to be like life itself – not to be created by any argument”[1] – George MacDonald, […]

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Dante for Moderns

“Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost”[1]  – Dante, Inferno   “Already were all my will and […]

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Francis of Assisi

“Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun … Sister Moon … Brother Wind … sister Water … Brother Fire … Sister Mother Earth […]

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Spacemen without Chests? Virtue and Technology in Star Trek and Dune

“What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.”[1] C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of […]

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From MacDonald to Magical Realism: Faith and Fantasy with the Romantics, Marquez, Murakami, and Van Halen

In a genuine fairy-story, everything must be miraculous, mysterious, and interrelated; everything must be alive, each in its way. The whole of Nature must be wondrously blended with the whole […]

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Lilith and The Queen’s Gambit: Two Ingenue Who Learn Love Through Sacrifice

Lilith, MacDonald’s final novel written forty years after Phantastes, continues its themes of nature throbbing with vitality, shrouded in beauty, and birthing joy. One key insight from Phantastes, that love […]

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