Tolkien and Theology

By |2021-06-16T17:30:38-05:00June 15th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Senior Contributors|

Though C.S. Lewis will always and understandably be identified with popular Christian theology, J.R.R. Tolkien, in a far more private and symbolic manner, promoted Christianity just as deeply and profoundly. Having entered the Roman Catholic Church as a young boy, guided by the conversion of his beloved mother, Tolkien had from his earliest moments embraced [...]

C.S. Lewis as Mere Christian

By |2021-05-31T11:27:17-05:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Senior Contributors|

C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” is a model work in the muddled and subjective world of ideologies, state-led terrorisms, gulags, holocausts, and killing fields. Sprinkled with timeless wisdom and profound insights, it is about fundamental aspects of Christianity and seeks to go beyond denominational differences without creating yet another new denomination. After C.S. Lewis converted to [...]

Walking With Chesterton and Lewis

By |2021-06-01T17:52:29-05:00May 29th, 2021|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors, Truth|

Why is it that those who like both G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis almost invariably prefer one to the other? This question is best answered with a sweeping generalization: There are two types of people in the world—hikers and walkers. Readers who are hikers prefer Lewis; readers who are walkers prefer Chesterton. There are two [...]

C.S. Lewis on Romanticism

By |2021-05-27T16:58:32-05:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Culture, Literature, Philosophy, Senior Contributors|

Though deeply conflicted about Romanticism, C.S. Lewis believed that the Romantics at least asked the right questions and found the right answers. But he also held that they failed to grasp the greater picture of things, which only Christianity truly understands. Somewhat famously, as described in Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis believed that he had [...]

Tolkien on Magic, Machines, & Mordor

By |2021-05-20T11:01:01-05:00May 22nd, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Conservation, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, J.R.R. Tolkien, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology|

Do we use our increasingly sophisticated gadgetry and expanding knowledge in an elvish, creative, and artful way to foster beauty and truth? Or do we use technology to manipulate, make money, and gain more power in the world? One of the stress points of the modern age is the pace and power of technology. Will [...]

Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Genius

By |2021-05-20T18:35:05-05:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Truth|

We see, in his poetry and prose, the humour and humility of G.K. Chesterton, but also the extraordinary genius who sees that the ordinary things of life are not merely a matter of life and death but a matter of eternal life and eternal death. The genius of G.K. Chesterton is hard to pin down [...]

Barfield’s Romantic Logos

By |2021-05-18T16:51:59-05:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Culture, Imagination, Philosophy, Reason, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization|

Owen Barfield argued that the modern world must readopt the truths of the Logos, should Western Civilization move beyond its current selfish and totalitarian phase. And this rediscovered love of the Logos must express itself throughout culture and the arts. In 1944, over a decade after Lewis’s conversion to Christianity, half a decade after Tolkien’s [...]

The Beauty of Christian “Folly”

By |2021-05-09T05:53:09-05:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Erasmus, Humor, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors|

The Christian worldview can be characterized as fundamentally comic. This is not simply because the Christian “narrative” starts in sin and ends in salvation, reflecting the ancient definition of comedy. The Christian attitude toward the world also makes him receptive toward and perceptive of humor, because he realizes that nothing in the world is ultimately [...]

On Hearing Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater”

By |2021-04-30T11:15:13-05:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Audio/Video, Catholicism, Fr. James Schall, Music|

The music of Antonin Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" is itself redemptive. By the time we arrive at the last stanza, we comprehend that the words of the hymn through the very grandeur of the music have led us from a most somber and tragic experience with corresponding musical setting to a new hope—that death, though present, [...]

10 C.S. Lewis Books Every Imaginative Conservative Should Read

By |2021-04-19T16:19:36-05:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Imaginative Conservative Books, Senior Contributors|

Few would dispute the claim that C.S. Lewis was the last century’s greatest Christian apologist, rivaled only by G.K. Chesterton and Pope John Paul II. While all three wrote voluminously, Lewis’s books had the broadest appeal. Even atheists read Lewis’s Christian books, if only for the art of them. Surely, we can do better than [...]

Is “Christian Humanism” Gone Forever?

By |2021-02-11T13:00:07-06:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

In his book “The Year of Our Lord 1943,” writing on Christian humanism, Alan Jacobs considers the fears and desires of five major but seemingly disparate figures in 1943 as they envision a post-war world after an allied victory: W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis, Jacques Maritain, and Simone Weil. The Year of Our Lord [...]

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