Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lewis, Wagner, and Frankenstein: Literary Accident or Reader’s Providence?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I call “Pilgrim’s Providence.” This is when we as travelers embrace the challenges and opportunities that come along our pathway as a kind of opportunity provided for us. It is a perspective … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes, Thoughtful Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

What Art is For: With C.S. Lewis and Dr. Charlie Starr

I am pleased to be presenting a paper at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture in Glasgow, Scotland. This great adventure is mostly to present some of my doctoral research on C.S. Lewis, focussing on his An Experiment … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes, Original Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Madeleine L’Engle and the Poetry of Us

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
by Alana Roberts Madeleine L’Engle as a poet doesn’t muddle herself into blah, kneel to politics, or contemplate evil. Yet she will never be considered by such as Harold Bloom to be a first-rate or…

Posted in Feature Friday, Thoughtful Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Some British Nonscents

I am sitting in a sort of international hipster clubhouse. It’s a makeshift lean-to made of corrugated plastic and 3×3 poles. On two walls there is the old brick garden wall; on a third wall there is fishing net. Wooden … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

A Love Hymn by Thomas à Kempis

The Imitation of Christ, often called Imitatio Christi, is a Latin devotional handbook attributed to Thomas à Kempis. Perhaps the most widely read devotional book other than the Bible, the Imitatio is not merely a classic Christian text, but where … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

The Invisible Fellowship of Readers, with Annie Dillard

At a recent conference, we were sitting around on Sunday morning in the afterglow of the great weekend. Someone asked what we might do to attract more university students and young scholars to the next conference–not because we were lacking in … Continue reading

Posted in Memorable Quotes, Reflections | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Chris Armstrong’s Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

Chris R. Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C. S. Lewis (2016) You might say that old is the new new. As culture commits itself further to its pathological aversion to stillness, … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Why C.S. Lewis Says My Reading Program is Wrong, or What Cheese has to do with Reading

This year on A Pilgrim in Narnia we have been doing some thinking about programs for reading great books: Why I Read C.S. Lewis Chronologically How You Can Read C.S. Lewis Chronologically The Canon of Fantasy Literature Harold Bloom’s “The Western … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

The Narnian Pilgrim in the UK

Dear Fellow Pilgrims, I chose the image of pilgrimage when I began this blog 5 years ago last week (here was my first blog, on Letter Writing in a Digital Age). I come from a Christian tradition that has tended … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

An Essential Reading List from C.S. Lewis: An Experiment on An Experiment in Criticism

On A Pilgrim in Narnia we have been playing with lists of the key books to read–what we might call a “canon.” We’ve thought about the key books of Western literature (here and here), thought about the problems of this discussion, … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 89 Comments