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Animal rights and the binding of weak consciences

Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. -1 Cor 10:25 In The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis talked of us peopling the earth with nymphs and elves to express a … Continue reading

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Softness and love aren’t synonyms

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. -Proverbs 27:6 My sister informed me that someone said this on Oprah today: “Being gay is a gift from God.” Says who? Not the Bible. American … Continue reading

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Christmas reflections

Pastor Matt Timmons has a good post that informs this one and expands on a past post. Has anyone else noticed that there are fewer Christmas lights at stores this year? It’s like retailers’ joy is snuffed out. Mine has … Continue reading

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Nov 22, 1963

Most remember today as the day JFK was assassinated, but I remember it as the day a far greater man died: C.S. Lewis. I was not alive in 1963, but the events of that day probably made Lewis’s death nothing … Continue reading

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The Georgian godfather

I was quite interested in Adolf Hitler as a youth. I read and reread books about him. With the advent of the History (aka. Hitler) Channel, Hitler is even more fascinating to people. My theory is that much of this … Continue reading

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Zena the Warrior Princess meets Prince Caspian

Doesn’t this get you pumped up about the latest Narnia film? (Yes, I know, the movie has been out for weeks and this is late… but fashionably late). Yawn. The feminist hits keep-a-comin’ with this series; we heard this routine … Continue reading

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Darwinism: the wisdom of the wise

A recent Sobran column reminds me of how my Darwinist faith finally died in a college anthropology class. The teacher would tell us that a certain skull was thought to be the missing link, then a few years later it … Continue reading

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The misuse of pleasure

I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity thought that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of … Continue reading

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The fleeting pleasures of sin

Certain comments are funny because they’re true and obnoxious in the best sense (example: Johnson’s famous quip). Others are funny despite their idiocy, like when Dana Carvey said once that his family was Lutheran, which is “sorta like Catholic lite, … Continue reading

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Lewis on the old

If one has to choose between reading the new books and reading the old, one must choose the old: not because they are necessarily better but because they contain precisely those truths of which our own age is neglectful. The … Continue reading

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My co-workers: no ordinary people

Laborare est orare – To labor is to pray – said the monks. I must confess that job enjoyment is something that has for most of my life escaped me. At work, I am prone to one of two attitudes. … Continue reading

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The Centrist fraud

A Presbyterian pastor once told me that he wanted a church that welcomed Democrats. I’ve often recalled and mused on that comment. I should’ve asked him: what exactly does that mean in practice? Will he avoid using of the church … Continue reading

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A preoccupation with calamity

It’s interesting how many films, from Spiderman to 28 Days Later, have destruction as their context. Watching previews recently at a theater, I noted that every film involved it: Great monuments exploding, cities depopulated, and sandy ruins the only beacons … Continue reading

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The deep

When the waters saw you, O God,when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled. -Psalm 77:16 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as … Continue reading

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Rich and poor

I never met a rich man who was happy, but I have only very occasionally met a poor man who did not want to become a rich man. -Malcolm Muggeridge

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A new and deadly disease

Ah, election season. Our political parties, like all political parties always and everywhere in our fallen world, are filled with power seekers attracted to power like flies to manure. Most politicians eventually discover found that dispensing the public treasury wins … Continue reading

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Power and emptiness

Western civilization began to worship power when it began to doubt significance. The reason Lewis, Chesterton, Williams, Tolkien, and Thomas Howard fascinate us so much is that they still live in the medieval world, a world chocked-full of the built-in, … Continue reading

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The false Jesus of the journalists

In the essay Christ!, Muggeridge has this to say: In my day, the Evening Standard vans carried a bill: “IS THERE AN AFTER LIFE? SEE TOMORROW’S EVENING STANDARD… Jesus Christ… is a Name Which Makes News. During his lifetime he … Continue reading

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Lewis on Men

It is painful, being a man, to have to assert the privilege, or the burden, which Christianity lays upon my own sex. I am crushingly aware how inadequate most of us are, in our actual and historical individualities, to fill … Continue reading

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Reading the ancients

There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as a tutor in English … Continue reading

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Orwell on clarity

George Orwell is known for his fiction, but Politics and the English Language is my favorite of his writings. This essay should be read by all. In addition to highlighting my own incompetence as a writer, Orwell shows how stale … Continue reading

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Sex: The mysticism of materialism

The other night, there was a story on TV about a reporter at a Houston station who posed as an underaged teen in a chat room frequented by pedophiles. Invited to a house for a tryst, men knocked at the … Continue reading

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Looking along the beam

A friend reading the recent article on fundamentalism quipped that it’s a case of only looking at the beam. He was referring to one of Lewis’s loveliest illustrations, from “Meditation in a Toolshed:” I was standing today in the dark … Continue reading

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Narnia director deals blow to patriarchy

The Narnia film’s director explains how he felt a strong need to alter a line from Lewis’s original: [W]hen Father Christmas gives the weapons to all the kids, and he says to the girls: “I don’t intend for you to … Continue reading

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Muggeridge on Christendom and Christ

It’s a mystery why Malcolm Muggeridge is not more popular among Christians. Many of his works are sadly out of print. He was a superb writer and a keen observer, a lifelong journalist and TV personality who held out little … Continue reading

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