All posts by Rhys Laverty

Rhys Laverty (BA, GDip) works part-time for The Davenant Institute, alongside studying Davenant's MLitt degree. He writes a weekly blog for Ad Fontes ( and co-hosts the Ad Fontes Podcast ( He also podcasts about film and TV on For Now We See ( He lives in Chessington, UK, with his wife and two children.

Why Christmas Ghost Stories?

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is, surely, the most thrilling Christmas song. It’s the pre-chorus – that sudden lurch into minor chords. Glorious, glitzy euphoria suddenly hangs in the balance, your stomach drops out, and wonder is split...

/ December 20, 2021

Kafka in Heaven: “Soul” and the After Life as Bureaucracy

Once seen as over-reliant on sequels and prequels, Pixar seem to have hit their stride of originality again. Following last year’s Onward, Soul has been hailed as a return to form. The film’s worldbuilding, however, is not especially original. It...

/ February 11, 2021

Time is Always Time: Christopher Nolan, T. S. Eliot, and Creatureliness

As one of very few directors billed above his stars, Christopher Nolan was almost in with a shout at reviving post-lockdown cinema. As it turned out, the late August release of Tenet was the last gasp off an overly-optimistic pandemic...

/ December 8, 2020

Thomas Aquinas Reviews Worship Songs: Above All

Whether Our Lord “thought of me above all?” Objection 1: It would seem that Christ, in his humanity, thought of me above all. For the Apostle writes “let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his...

/ April 13, 2020

The (Latest) Modern Prometheus: Intergenerational Breakdown in The Lighthouse

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders...

/ March 2, 2020