Category: Literature

Narnia–Allegory or no?

Two questions from the Narnia front today. Is Narnia religious? The question is obviously significant from a marketing standpoint. Today’s Washington Times write-up quotes a Disney exec and a Zondervan exec offering opposing view points. On the one hand: Dennis...

/ November 3, 2005

Weighing in on Top Five Books for About-to-go-into-College Students

We’ll miss Mr. Matthew Anderson as he takes off on a very much deserved vacation this weekend. The way Matt pulled off GodBlogCon is inspiring. I’m proud to call him one of my friends. He had a great list of...

/ October 28, 2005

Five Books for College Students

Update: Rhett weighs in! Surprise choice: My Name is Asher Lev. I haven’t read it, but that’s a strong recommendation… I’m a bit behind these days, but feeling a bit vindicated. The bloggers over at OneTrueGodBlog are a bit slow...

/ October 27, 2005

Tolkien Again

No, I’m not going to resurrect the Bombadil discussion (see also here and here and here). The newsletter that I published it for has a new website, with all the essays. It’s a great looking site, and what’s more, available...

/ September 7, 2005

The Love of God

From Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s The Seraphim: Ador: Weep? Weep blood, All women, all men! He sweated it, He, For your pale womanhood And base manhood. Agree That these water-tears, then, Are vain, mocking like laughter: Weep blood! This Sunday I...

/ August 28, 2005

My Reviews

My brother’s comments about my recent string of book reviews have prompted me to say a word about my approach. He writes: Oh, and I have a new goal in life: to write a book that meets my brother’s critical...

/ June 11, 2005

From C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis might as well have written this regarding Bombadil. “No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God’s hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set...

/ May 25, 2005

A Final Bombadil Reply

After the last Bombadil post, Burglar made this comment: I hadn’t thought of this before. Perhaps this is an avenue for further reflection. Denethor and other characters (foolishly) favor appeasement and counsel against war, but perhaps Bombadil represents a truly...

/ May 22, 2005

More on Bombadil

Jesse Thorgersen and I have dialogued some be on the role of Bombadil in Tolkien’s LOTR. His latest is worth everyone seeing. His text is in italics–mine will be “normal.” This is an interesting discussion, thanks for hosting it and...

/ May 20, 2005

Responses to Bombadil

Many thanks for the links and the feedback on the Bombadil piece. I realized when I was writing it that it’s a tendentious position, and that most would disagree with the interpretation. As I mentioned, I submitted it here and...

/ May 19, 2005