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Frank Miller, 9/11 and the heroism question

I'm sitting now in my backyard, thinking about Frank Miller and 9/11. These aren't things many people would put together, but for graphic novel fans with a strong sense of the genre's history (or people interested in Marvel's Daredevil) they've intertwined in a way that shows how artists can be deeply affected by catastrophe, and …

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T.H. White: The things I left out

Recently the ever-generous Brenton Dickieson published my essay about T.H. White on his blog, A Pilgrim in Narnia. In many ways, it was me considering ideas that Dickieson brought up in an insightful Tolkien vs. Lewis scholarship series, and expand some ideas I presented at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis Center back in 2017. Someone recently …

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Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists? (Pt 1)

Several months ago, I was in a conversation with some book lovers and Inklings fans. We had wrapped up a discussion about Dorothy Sayers, when someone in the raised an interesting question: "You know, we talk a lot about Anglicans like Sayers and C.S. Lewis who wrote great books, and about liberal Christians like Frederic …

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The Hard Choice to Do Good (Building A Better Christian Novel Pt 1)

I review Christian books, mostly nonfiction ones but I do get a Christian Fiction novel or two each month. Occasionally I'll get one that I enjoy, and frequently I'll give 3 or 4 stars just because I know the author means well and it's not too terrible. However, most of the time I'm just not …

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The Need to Do Art Well (Why Art Can’t be Strategized Pt 2)

In an earlier post, I suggested that artists can't ultimately control which spiritual themes people see in their work. This raises an interesting question: if making art is ultimately about leaving room for God to speak to peoples' hearts, then why do art well? Can't he use bad art as well as good art? Yes, …

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The Faithful Imagination: Papers from a C.S. Lewis Conference

While studying at Taylor University, I got to present a few papers at their C.S. Lewis Center. The Center also hosts a great conference every two years for Inklings scholars. They just recently published a book of essays and fiction presented at the 2018 conference, including a great paper by John Stanifer on C.S. Lewis …

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C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction by James Como

I've read at least five C.S. Lewis biographies over the last few years, plus several groups on the Inklings. Too often, books on Lewis are either very accessible but basic, or insightful but dense and hard to get into if you're not an academic. One of the books that does a great job of being …

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Great Authors Who Wrote About Art and Faith

I've written many times about books that describe how art and faith connection (from books for small groups to books that you should read at least once). Here's a look at some of the authors who created these books, particularly ones who've written multiple books on the topic and therefore can't really be summed up …

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