Graphic showing a satirical book blurb for 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. "The monkeys are getting restless. Some say the aliens are responsible." Text copyright 2020 by Gabriel Connor Salter.

The Bad Book Blurb Contest: Worst Descriptions of Classic Spec Fic Books

This week, I'm going to do something a bit different from my usual blog post routine, and do something humorous. Why? Partly because we're all in a tough time right now and we could always use a few more laughs. Also because this humorous thing connects to topics I've discussed frequently in my regular posts: …

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Books and Articles on Friendship Despite Differences

When I gave a talk recently about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship, someone commented afterwards that they really liked how the two men were able to freely discuss their differences as friends. Because I enjoy leaning into controversial topics (such as recent article about "atheist" movies), I've read a variety of books about people …

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How to Politely Disagree, According to Chesterton

How do you politely disagree with people? How do you show you don’t have the same views as someone else, even critique their views, without seeming rude or angry? Too many people (myself included) aren’t sure how to do this. Fortunately, over a hundred years ago author G.K. Chesterton helped answer that question. Chesterton’s known …

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6 Powerful Books On Christian Art

Some time ago, I argued in one of my articles that a great way artistic Christians can connect with other churchgoers is by studying books together about art. Here are some of the best books I've read about how faith and art intersect (including the classic Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer): https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-books-small-groups-studies-christian-art If you're …

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Of Witchcraft and Wizardry

It’s really hard to write about magic without talking about the supernatural. Yes, Arthur C. Clarke argued that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” but there really is a distinct difference between the two. Tech is science, and because science is all about what we can observe and objective facts, we can look …

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