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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The Power in Pain

I have been here before. This grief that crushes my soul like a black hole. I dream that I’m clawing at slippery, black walls as I slide farther down…to what? No bottom, because the grief is in layers, just like the layers of dark events of the past few months. Everything that has been impending […]

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Tales of Courage and Hope: Black Panther in Middle Earth and Narnia

How do we become good or evil? … All these philosophers are wrong, probably because most of them do not have children. Parents and children know the answer: by example. By having moral heroes.[1] ~ Peter Kreeft   Recent blockbusters such as Broadway’s 2015 musical Hamilton and Hollywood’s 2018 film Black Panther offer us moral […]

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A Reason for Our Hope: The Role of Fairy Stories in Christian Apologetics

One of the objectives of Christian apologetics is to heed Peter’s instruction to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”[1] Within the field of apologetics, much attention is often placed on the word “reason,” bringing to mind ideas of philosophical arguments, […]

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Sneaking Past Watchful Dragons: Imaginative Apologetics and the Games We Play

“He who changes the sports is secretly changing the manners of the young.” -Plato, The Laws, Book VII   In The Laws, Plato says, “he who changes the sports is secretly changing the manners of the young.”[1] He is proposing that the values passed down through games are pivotal to the perpetuation of the culture […]

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Lewis in La La Land

City of stars Are you shining just for me? City of stars There’s so much that I can’t see Who knows? Is this the start of something wonderful and new? Or one more dream that I cannot make true?[1]   Young, hopeful, and maybe even star-crossed lovers, Sebastian and Mia dance, sing and act their […]

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God the Great Iconoclast: C.S. Lewis’s Personal Theodicy

In his Summa, Thomas Aquinas recognized that the problem of evil was perhaps the most potent objection one could make to the goodness or even the existence of God.[1] C.S. Lewis called this “the problem of pain” and explained it to the layman like this: ‘If God were good, He would wish to make His […]

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Finding Faith in Fairy Tales: Answers for Modern Skeptics from C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair

In 2003, Oxford fellow Michael Ward discovered a secret imaginative scheme which C.S. Lewis had embedded into The Chronicles of Narnia. Comparing Lewis’s poem “The Planets” to his discussion of Medieval literature in The Discarded Image, Ward realized that Lewis had used the  imagery of the seven heavens to shape the mood and atmosphere – […]

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For What Purpose

Why did Lewis write The Chronicles of Narnia? What purpose did he have in mind when he penned one of the world’s most popular series of books? In his essay, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to be Said,” Lewis confesses that “there are usually two reasons for writing an imaginative work, which may […]

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Searching the Stars

Last weekend, my youngest daughter and I attended a “Sky Party” offered at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park campground. Beneath the dark and wonderfully star-studded sky, we fleece-clad campers sat clustered on rows of benches while the host shared why he found astronomy so exciting. As we prepared to look into the two large telescopes, […]

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