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Review: After Humanity

Michael Ward. After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. Park Ridge, IL: Word on Fire Academic, 2021. 243 pp.   Initial Impressions   A review is a form of response, and if we are to respond to Michael Ward’s After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man from […]

Persephone

The Greeks told the story of Demeter and Persephone as a way of understanding the cycle of the seasons. Persephone, the goddess of springtime and only daughter of Demeter, was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the Underworld, to be his bride. When Zeus found out what happened, he ordered that Hades should return Persephone […]

The Imaginative Strategy of Boethius

Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy, though less well known today, was extremely influential in the Middle Ages. Through the late Middle Ages, reason and imagination were firmly integrated in the medieval mind. It cannot be emphasized enough that this integration creates a much richer, deeper, engaging, and a more incarnational way to think and communicate […]

Pius Samwise: Roman Heroism in The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien received early training in the classics under Robert Cary Gilson when he studied at King Edward’s, an independent secondary school in Birmingham. According to Tolkien’s official biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, “Gilson also encouraged his pupils to make a detailed study of classical linguistics. This was entirely in keeping with Tolkien’s inclinations; and, partly as […]

Drinking from the Well of the Past: A Reflection on the Role of History in Literature & Philosophy for the Modern World

Very deep is the well of the past. Should we not call it bottomless? Bottomless indeed, if — and perhaps only if — the past we mean is the past merely of the life of mankind, that riddling essence of which our own normally unsatisfied and quite abnormally wretched existences form a part; whose mystery, […]