Author Archives: Brenton Dickieson

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.

George Grant and C.S. Lewis, by Ron Dart (Friday Feature)

I keep meaning to highlight one of Canada’s most important public intellectuals, George Grant, and his connection to C.S. Lewis. I just never seem to get to the task so I will let Prof. Ron Dart lead us in that … Continue reading

Posted in Feature Friday, News & Links | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Luke Shelton’s Tolkien Experience Project

One of my fondest early memories of The Hobbit was when a storyteller came to my elementary school and recited the entire book (from memory) to my fourth grade class in installments. This was a marvelous feat. I must have … Continue reading

Posted in News & Links, Original Research | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Thank God for Accidental Feminism, in Conversation with Courtney Reissig

It was an impulse buy. I was attracted by the main title, and I loved the cover with the forlorn girl in the superhero costume. Honestly, I never took the time to read the back cover or even the subtitle. … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Thoughtful Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Not Because I am Anyone in Particular”: C.S. Lewis’ Original Preface on Mere Christianity

Based on a year-2000 survey of church leaders and contributors to Christianity Today about 20th-century “classics that have shaped religious thought,” C.S. Lewis was “by far … the most popular author and Mere Christianity the book nominated most often.” Narnia also … Continue reading

Posted in Lewis Biography, Memorable Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

The 600,000th Visitor at A Pilgrim In Narnia!

This week we had our 600,000th visitor to A Pilgrim In Narnia! Was it you? I honestly have no way of knowing, and I’m a little afraid of the global attention you’d receive if I could publish that news. Fame … Continue reading

Posted in Inklings and Arthur, News & Links | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments

Full: My Experience of the L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference (L.M. Montgomery Series) #LMMI2018

Note: This is a rewriting of my guest post at the L.M. Montgomery Institute blog. I am full. And no doubt. We have just finished a packed four and a half days of conferencing and workshopping, speaking and listening, flipping … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian literature, L.M. Montgomery, Original Research | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Regent College BS Guild and the Inklings

It was a brief and intensely happy time of my life. My wife and I moved from rural Japan to the grand city of Vancouver. Never having lived in anything more than a small town and moving from a mountain … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughtful Essays | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments