The Imaginative Power of Sub-Creation

The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a […]

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The Heroism of the Ordinary in The Lord of the Rings

G.K. Chesterton defended the value of fairy tales as he wrote Orthodoxy. Specifically, he wrote, “Fairyland is nothing but the sunny country of common sense. It is not earth that judges heaven, but heaven that judges earth; so for me at least it was not earth that criticized elfland, but elfland that criticized the earth.”[1] […]

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The Separation of Narnia and Tao

The Last Battle, CS Lewis’ beautiful conclusion to the Chronicles of Narnia, begins with the undermining of truth. Once the people surrender their beliefs in the actual objective truths in the world, the consequences are vast and dangerous. In The Abolition of Man, Lewis  calls this set of real truths “the Tao” and  explains what […]

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Dear Reader

Dear Reader

Dear Reader, An Unexpected Journal is a labor of love.  In a way, it is the natural outcropping of our collective education at Houston Baptist University where we all met as students in the Master of Arts in Apologetics program. Some of us attended class in person while others, myself included, took advantage of the […]

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