Monthly Archives: January 2012

Great Links: Allusions in “The Screwtape Letters” and Popular Authors on Lewis

Anyone with a bit of knowledge of English literature who picks up The Screwtape Letters knows that beneath the letters there is a wealth C.S. Lewis’ own reading. There are always echoes of the canon of literature in Lewis’ work, … Continue reading

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Antony Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? A Personal Reflection on “There Is a God” and Apologetics

When it was announced in 2004 that key atheist thinker, Antony Flew, now believed in God, there was a flurry of traditional and new media attention among theological geeks and atheistic thinkers. Very quickly, an ad hominem attack arose—not as … Continue reading

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Impossible Beauty & Unfulfilled Desire: Screwtape’s Cover Girl Anti-Spirituality

As a bearded man, I am, of course, offended by Screwtape’s devices below. But this clever bit of demonic social programming shows the essentially culturally-bound reality of The Screwtape Letters, but also the universal critiques–in any age, drawing us to … Continue reading

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Screwtape on Pleasure and Distraction

The following excerpt from The Screwtape Letters is, I think, one of C.S. Lewis’ most sublime arguments. The senior demon, Screwtape, is trying to help his new tempting nephew, Wormwood, keep the new Christian sliding away from his faith. Within … Continue reading

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Another’s Grief Observed: C.S. Lewis In His Own Words

Some years ago I picked up C.S. Lewis’ A Grief Observed for the first time. I had recently seen Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, and I was curious about Lewis’ own version of the events. My instinctive distrust … Continue reading

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The Awkward Conversation in the Face of Death

Like so many others before me, I spent my teenage years working in a pizza joint after school and on weekends. We were not well off, so if I wanted the things that mattered to me in high school—a car, … Continue reading

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Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia by Terry Glaspey

Qoheleth reminds us that “of the writing of books there is no end” (Ecc 12:12)—a proverb no less true in the world of writings about C.S. Lewis. So it is with a little irony and low expectations that I picked … Continue reading

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An Old Review of an Album I Still Like: “High Countries” by Caedmon’s Call

This review appeared in Living Light News a few years ago, but the weblink is now lost in cyber dust. Caedmon’s Call are an American acoustic rock band and fellow pilgrim’s in Narnia who draw on authors like Lewis for … Continue reading

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Homage to C.S. Lewis in the Adventures of Tin Tin?

On a treasured “Guys Night Out” recently, I took my 7 year old son to see The Adventures of Tintin, a mash of three or four Tin Tin books by dynamic duo Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. It was a … Continue reading

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Link: Incredible Web Resources by The Journal of Inklings Studies

I’ve known for some time about The Journal of Inklings Studies. It is a creative literary peer-reviewed academic journal with biannual thematic collections of research and writing about the Inklings–that eclectic collection of thinkers and writers gathered around C.S. Lewis, … Continue reading

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