The Importance of “Thinginess” (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 5)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. In a previous post, I argued that evangelical culture is essentially suburban, and averageness tends to be a central feature in suburban cultures. A related problem …

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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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Stories that Both Critique and Praise Spirituality

Sometimes the artists who seem most critical of faith aren't so much railing against belief in God as much as they are against how they've seen people misuse those beliefs. Here are some of my favorite books by writers who on one level take a very critical approach to religion and on another level seem …

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2 Reasons You Should Read “The Once and Future King”

There's one particular reason the Arthurian legends are interesting: every writer portrays the story differently. Everybody has their own take on who Arthur was, what his life is about, and what his allies and enemies were trying to do. T.H. White did something especially unique when he wrote The Once and Future King. He created a …

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