Category Archives: Reflections

Trees, Leaves, Vines, Circles: The Layered Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fiction, A Note on “Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth”

I am for the first time teaching J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth,” the “Debate between Finrod and Andreth”–though I wonder if “Dialogue” is a better term for “Athrabeth.” Finrod was the son of Finarfin, great Elven King of the … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and Other Fantasy Books, Free Streaming in Audible

These are unusual times, and there is evidence that people are thinking in creative ways about how to live big in small spaces. J.K. Rowling, for example, has waived any licensing concerns that might arise by teachers reading her books … Continue reading

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“Those Who Lived to see Such Times”: Suggested Readings from the Wade Authors during Times of Uncertainty

Originally posted on Off the Shelf:
C.S. Lewis at R.A.F. Chaplaincy School, 1944. Image in the public domain. Original print at R.A.F. Chaplaincy Branch Archive, R.A.F. Museum, Hendon, London. The world is currently experiencing a unique and unsettling time with…

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Announcement: Teaching Engaging Classes Online: A Tutorial and Discussion (by Signum University)

A lot of teachers and professors are suddenly finding themselves in the position of moving to a fully online teaching schedule as colleges, universities, and even some school districts shut down in response to the coronavirus. As a result, there … Continue reading

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Brenton Dickieson’s Great Divergence within the Great Divorce: Podcast Interview on In the Corner Back by the Woodpile

A couple of years ago I blogged about the podcast, In the Corner Back by the Woodpile, this one about Phil Keaggy and C.S. Lewis’ influence. It took this long, but I was finally able to sit down with the … Continue reading

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A Peasant Pagan Prayer in Till We Have Faces

My first two degrees in literature are in sacred literature, the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. In those texts, there is a constant conversation about the heart of true faith. From Hannah’s prayer to the spirituality of the Psalms, … Continue reading

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Orual and the King of Glome

On the surface of it, there is no greater contrast than Queen Orual and her tyrannical father. Even when we consider only Book 1 of C.S. Lewis’ great literary fiction, Till We Have Faces, Orual is not just a successful … Continue reading

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