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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The World Of Narnia

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The World Of Narnia, by James S. Bell Jr. and Cheryl Dunlop For the record, my favorite book of the Chronicles of Narnia is A Horse And His Boy [1], a book that has always … Continue reading

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On The Misuses Of Duality And Allegory In Biblical Interpretation

One of the people I follow on Academia.org regularly writes and self-publishes papers that seek to argue that X personage in the Bible really referred to some other person Y who shared some sort of qualities with him.  And so … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Aesthetics Of Thomas Aquinas

The Aesthetics Of Thomas Aquinas, by Umberto Eco This book happens to have been the author’s first book, and while it was a book whose contents were deeply interesting to me, they are not the sort of contents that I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Making Sense Of The Bible

Making Sense Of The Bible:  Rediscovering The Power Of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton After having read a variety of this sort of book [1], I have come to the conclusion that such a book is inevitably going to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton

The Literary Essays Of Thomas Merton, by Thomas Merton While I cannot imagine this book ever becoming a popular sort of volume to read, nor do I fully agree with the author’s sometimes off-putting “woke” perspective on politics and his … Continue reading

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Book Review: Poems And Stories (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Poems And Stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien Admittedly, I had read most of these materials before in other works and while I found them perfectly alright, I was unsure if reading them again would be a bit of a letdown.  In … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pale Fire

Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov There are some writers whose creativity is so great and whose way of writing and thinking are so elusive that they become classic authors of all-time works without others being able to get a good … Continue reading

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Criticism Is A River That Flows Both Ways

One of the most profound ironies in a life that has shown many profound ironies is that I have devoted so much time and effort to developing and practicing and perfecting the art of criticism while being a person who … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Genre Of Sermonette

For at least three periods of my adult life (first, from 2004 to 2006, then from 2011 and 2012, and from 2015 to the present-day), I have been a writer and a speaker in an obscure genre of religious writing … Continue reading

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Absence

What fit of absence led me to pack a change of clothes for this afternoon and to forget to bring a jacket to wear that would keep me warm in the face of winter’s chills, not least when I am … Continue reading

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