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  The traveler’s wife had never known true fear and loneliness until her husband went down to the quarantine world. Their whole adult lives Ayda had shared her thoughts and feelings with Mev thanks to the LOGOS uplink on the vessel they called home. Normally the link was preserved during a walk, and she joined […]

The Cure Has Begun

  Salvation as Illuminated by the Planetary Imagery in The Chronicles of Narnia   Like most fairy tales, The Chronicles of Narnia are salvation stories. As the parables of Jesus demonstrate, salvation is communicated best through a story because the Gospel is itself the great tale of rescue and restoration. Just as a marriage is […]

Return to Planet Narnia

  How well her name an Army doth present In whom the Lord of Hosts did pitch his tent. Ana- {Mary/Army} gram, George Herbert   “To arms! To arms, Telmar!” . . . “To arms, Narnia!” Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis   When talking about the discovery of an interpretative key for a novel, C.S. Lewis […]

A Defense of Planet Narnia

  You may be surprised, as I was, to learn that Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia thesis is controversial. You may, like me, have needed little “proof” beyond the Jove stanza of the “The Planets” poem (“of winter passed / And guilt forgiven,” “The lion-hearted,” “Just and gentle, are Jove’s children,” etc.) and a brief sketch […]

C. S. Lewis: A Life

  “You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  C. S. Lewis to Walter Hooper—reported in Hooper’s preface to the Lewis collection Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories (NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1966), v.   Such a tapestry his mind could weave; He gave us Puddleglum […]

The Circle Dance

A sun-warmed sapling, opening each leaf, My soul unfolded in your quickening ray. “The inner brought the outer into life,”   I found the light within the light of day, The Consolation of Philosophy, Turning a page in Cambridge, found my way,   My mind delighting in discovery, As love of learning turned to learning love And […]