Monthly Archives: April 2014

Why Do They Quote Shakespeare on Mercury?

E.R. Eddison‘s challenging and infectious epic, The Worm Ouroboros, has a curious set up. The story itself is about a series of adventures between various warring countries. To begin with, the names of these countries are odd. The primary battle … Continue reading

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Affirming Creation in the Lord of the Rings

Perhaps it isn’t that surprising that J.R.R. Tolkien’s books are so environmentally sensitive. Like Sam Gamgee, Tolkien loved things that grow and good tilled earth. He loved walks–long walks beyond his garden through English towns and villages and vast, untouched … Continue reading

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The Grand Miracle, Or Easter in Everyday Life

On this week 69 years ago, C.S. Lewis preached a sermon called “The Grand Miracle” at St. Jude on the Hill Church in London. The talk was published two weeks later in The Guardian–following the last episode of The Great … Continue reading

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6 Surprising Celebrity Audiobook Narrators

I first discovered audiobooks while taking graduate courses by distance in Japan. I received these world-class lecture packages in the mail, pulled the cassette out of its cellophane wrapper (yes, a tape!), and then popped it into my car’s tape … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Memoir in Poetry by G. Leibholz

Dietrich Bonhoeffer remains such an intriguing figure. A pastor who stayed in Germany in WWII so that he might resist Hitler and Nazism, he is one of the more original and evocative 20th century theologians. The 70th anniversary of his … Continue reading

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Out of the Silent Planet, the comic book. By AaronTP

I’ve blogged about the crazy book covers for Out of the Silent Planet, and I’ve talked about its meaning in my War of Worldviews series (Part 1 & Part 2), as well as “There’s No Such Thing as Space” and … Continue reading

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The Imaginative Landscape of The Worm Ouroboros

The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison is one the most important early fantasy works of the twentieth century. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote: I read the works of Eddison, long after they appeared; and I once met him. I heard him in … Continue reading

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Adventures in Geekland: Book Collecting and C.S. Lewis

Warning: You are about to experience C.S. Lewis geekery brought to a new level. Now, I have gone down this road before. After all, I travelled to New York city to spend four hours with a handwritten manuscript of The … Continue reading

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Somebody Who Gave a Damn

It was an age when Kurt Cobain’s suicide made some sense. Not his own personal death, of course, distilled, slipping from faded light to darkness. It is easy to forget the icons as souls sometimes. It seemed, though, like a … Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s Hard To Know What God Wants: A Response to Noah

Sometimes it is hard to know what God wants. Set aside for a moment the strengths and weaknesses of the new film adaptation of Noah featuring Russell Crowe. And leave for another day the questions of myth and history, of … Continue reading

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