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Is There a Place for Modern Art in our Churches? - David Clayton

In a recent address Pope Benedict XVI praised the work of the 20th century artist Marc Chagal.   Read more...

I’m Enchanted - Frederica Mathewes-Green

I’m going to try not to gush, but it’s hard when a movie is this delightful.  Read more...

J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth - Bradley Birzer

In his writings and in his life, J.R.R. Tolkien believed that true myth allows us to see things as they were meant to be, prior to the Fall.  Read more...

J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Imagination - The Irish Family

"The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work," wrote Tolkien, "unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like "religion", to cults or practices, in the Imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism."  Read more...

J.R.R. Tolkien: Truth and Myth - Joseph Pearce

Tolkien preserved his mother's legacy and kept the faith, not only in his life but also in his work. In particular, and crucially, Tolkien’s encounter with the depths of Christian mysticism and his understanding of the truths of orthodox theology enabled him to unravel the philosophy of myth that inspired not only the "magic" of his books but also the conversion of his friend C.S. Lewis to Christianity.  Read more...

Jane Austen, Public Theologian - Peter J. Leithart

To call Jane Austen a public theologian is counterintuitive for two reasons: she does not seem much interested in things public, and she does not seem much interested in things theological.  Read more...

Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie - Mark Shea

Veggie Tales has been called "the biggest pop culture phenomenon you've never heard of." That may be an exaggeration. There are probably even bigger ones you've never heard of, but then I've never heard of them either, so I can't tell you about them.  Read more...

Just a Fairy Story? - Michael D. O'Brien

Good magic and bad magic in truthful stories correspond to true religion and false religion in our real world.  Read more...

Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows - Mitchell Kalpakgian

In The Wind in the Willows three famous places — the River, the Open Road, and the Wild Wood — depict three ways of life.   Read more...

Kingdom of Heaven - James Bowman

Sir Ridley Scott’s Crusades movie, Kingdom of Heaven, though visually impressive as we might expect, is shockingly unhistorical.  Read more...

Labour of Love - Mary Vallis

Nowhere near Italy, inside a mundane Iowa storefront wedged between a financial planner’s office and an abandoned antique store, an arched plaster ceiling glows with colour.  Read more...

Language of Beauty – part 1: Glory and Splendor - Peter Kreeft

One of the threads that I'd like to start talking about has a number of names: glory, splendor, hierarchy, height, formality.   Read more...

Language of Beauty – part 2: Beauty and Goodness - Peter Kreeft

This brings us to a second aspect of beauty that's related but quite different, namely, the relation between beauty and goodness.   Read more...

Last Farewell and First Fruits: The Story of a Modern Poet - MARIA J. CIRURGIAO

Then I baptized him, and the next day I brought him Communion. It was just a few days later that he died. He seemed very much at peace, and he would say, `Now I'm in the fold.'  Read more...

Laughing with Chesterton - Father Dwight Longenecker

It could be said that the pun is mightier than the sword. If this is true, then wordplay may be as important as swordplay in the never ending wars between the dark powers of the underworld and the light of Christ.  Read more...

Lear, Cordelia & the Cross - Ian Hunter

Whether King Lear may rightly be called a Christian play, who can say? But it is a play suffused with Christian themes and the supreme achievement in English literature.  Read more...

Learning from The Way - Leonard Franchi

The Emilio Estevez film The Way has great educational potential.   Read more...

Lenten Musical Themes - Robert R. Reilly

If you want to see what we have done, look at the Cross. If you want to hear what we have done, listen to this music.  Read more...

Lies, Damned Lies and Dan Brown: Fact-checking Angels & Demons - Steven D. Greydanus

In a Q&A billed as an “interview” on his own website, Brown writes “My goal is always to make the character’s [sic] and plot be so engaging that readers don’t realize how much they are learning along the way.” Or how much misinformation they’re absorbing.   Read more...

Life lessons from a turtle - Robert Fulford

What Aesop’s fables teach us about ourselves.  Read more...

Literature as Preparation for Death - JOHN O'CALLAGHAN

As a writer of novels and occasional essays, Walker Percy is fascinated by our pilgrimage unto death. For autobiographical reasons, it is perhaps the most pervasive theme among the many in his writing.  Read more...

Long Live Haydn - Robert R. Reilly

May 31 was the 200th anniversary of Franz Joseph Haydn's death in 1809 at the age of 77.   Read more...

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - Steven D. Greydanus

There can be no more fitting tribute to Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring than to apply to it the words with which C. S. Lewis acclaimed the original book when Tolkien first wrote it: “Here are beauties that pierce like swords or burn like cold iron; here is a [film] that will break your heart.”   Read more...

Louisa May Alcott's Little Men - Mitchell Kalpakgian

To use the phrase of St. Thomas Aquinas, farming and education belong to the category of "cooperative arts."  Read more...

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women - Mitchell Kalpakgian

Alcott portrays the blessings of family, the fruitfulness of Christian marriage, and the vocations of motherhood and fatherhood as life's greatest prizes.   Read more...


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