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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Where was God in Sandy Hook?

I grow so tired of the question, “Where was God in Sandy Hook?” Where was God in Sandy Hook? He was there in every single closet and cupboard and bathroom, standing with those poor children, just as He shall the rest of their unfathomably traumatized lives. He will comfort and heal, long after we forget this terrible, dark day. Where was He? He was standing beside those brave...
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On Hope

I have this rather vexed relationship with hope. I’m the kid who always wished on falling stars, who screwed his eyes up tight on birthdays thinking that might help the wishes to come true. The one who pulled up dandelions at every chance I got and took the deepest breath I could so I might blow off every seed and see what I most hope for come true. I aspire. The Latin has this just right:...
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Resolute

I know, I know. It’s the season for resolutions that’ll evaporate all too soon: unrealistic, unmet, maybe even unmeant, and unarguably certain to fall by the wayside. Are you kidding? Work starts tomorrow and I’ll never do all I intended to. I know what Mark Twain said on 1 January 1863: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week...
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Of Forbidden Fruit

In church this morning, the sermon mentioned the Fall and how so much bad news pervades our worlds, both outer, and, all too often, inner.  I grow so tired of  seeing ruin on every side, whether it pours forth from any media I let into my rooms, or from the mirror that accuses when I look too long.  When I listen to or read any of the news of the day, I hear catastrophe, war, shame, and almost...
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