Creed or Screed? C. S. Lewis Weighs In to the Election Season

Very glad to share a few thoughts on C. S. Lewis and the current political rhetoric on Christian Century’s Then and Now blog. Thanks to Eddie Carson for the chance. As this campaign season reels recklessly, leaving a wake of increasing intolerance, those holding differing opinions can find little common ground. Past seasons of “come, let us reason together” have disappeared; unreasoned...
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Ithaka

“Ithaka”: A Villanelle and Reflection (reposted gratefully from my latest All Nine blog) Well, sometimes they come fairly easily. At the start of this good year, this month’s challenge arrived: reflect on epic. And that proved pretty easy, for the idea leaped pretty fully-formed about something I’ve long wanted to do. Ever since I taught Homer to college juniors and seniors, one scene in...
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A New Year’s Prayer

My first words of this New Year–perhaps they’ll help? Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord.  O good and gracious God, at the rising of this day, this new year, all our loves both new and old, in the midst of this good life, Let the end of this day, this year, these loves, this life, find us ever praising You, marveling in Your manifold mercies and steadfast love,...
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A Week at the Wade: Monday, 17 March 2014

During the week of Spring Break, I’ve planned a week of research at the amazing Marion E. Wade Center on the campus of Wheaton College. I’ve visited many, many times over the years. Ever time I return, this place feels more like home. This morning I arrived to a warm greeting by Laura Schmidt, and was delighted with a brief visit by Associate Director Marj Mead. I soon settled in to...
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C. S. Lewis Got it Wrong: A Reliable Date for Theistic Conversion?

(NB: This expanded version contains some significant information edited out of the First Things version, which they edited for space.) In March of 2013, a debate began here about Alister McGrath’s new biography of C. S. Lewis and the re-dating of Lewis’s Theistic conversion. Since then, an unpublished autobiographical manuscript of that conversion has come to light, settling the question...
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Little is Much

In Matthew 9: 22 (ESV) “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.” God turned to her. He saw her. He told her to take heart, and He called her “daughter.” And He affirmed that the thing she had wanted for so long had been done in her life. And He pointed not to His own...
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