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Tag: C.S. Lewis

Obama on CS Lewis, the Government, and Politics – and Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

Obama is just now completing his speech at the prayer breakfast and he quoted CS Lewis in support of his notions of a Christian in government.

Clearly, someone at the White House is doing some research.  I for one doubt very much that Obama has ever read Lewis beyond the quote he used.   Here is what Obama quoted:

“Christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times, and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”

In full:  “The second thing … continue reading...

Castrate, and then bid them be fruitful- reflections on a cowardly cruise ship captain

The 24 hour news cycle is currently devoted to the ‘Italian Titanic’ and especially the fact that the captain of the ship beat the passengers off of the boat.  Naturally, the captain is everywhere being referred to as a coward, and every indication is that he really was a coward.

I couldn’t help but think of the quote by CS Lewis in his book The Abolition of Man, where he writes:  “In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh … continue reading...

Buy George MacDonald’s Lilith

George MacDonald was the literary and spiritual forbear of many 20th century Christians, the most prominent perhaps being C.S. Lewis who cited Phantastes as ‘baptizing his imagination.’  This Christmas, pick up the other notable work by George MacDonald, Lilith, at a huge discount- for just $5.95 plus shipping!

Buy it soon as quantities are limited.

If you did want to pick it up on Amazon.com, it is listed at $11.66 as of this writing.

To see all of ACM’s books, including a number of Christian classics go here.… continue reading...

C.S. Lewis on Universal Health Care and the Love of Some

I was reading CS Lewis’s The Four Loves and came across the quote below.  Obviously, Lewis is not specifically addressing universal health care or liberalism or the question of using the government to administer love.  Even Christians can be found thinking that it is a noble expression of a loving society to have the government do the loving… and this with no apparent thought to the actual effect that this ‘loving’ will have on the people ‘loved’ and the attitude it fuels in the people-government doing the ‘loving.’  The most important thing seems to be that, well, people’s intentions are … continue reading...

Essay published on Apologetics315.com on Christianity and the nature of Judaism

Apologetics315 is publishing an essay series on the veracity of Christianity.  I was asked to contribute an essay.  That essay was published today.  You should take some time to check out the other essays, too.

Much ink has been spilled in defense of the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, and I myself have spilled my fair share. Similarly, the stunning explosion of the Christian Church within the Roman Empire has been raised as a phenomenon that requires explanation and a dead man rising from the dead is the best one. These efforts are valid, but their weight cannot … continue reading...

Announcing: Online Literary Apologetics Conference

I am proud to announce that Athanatos Christian Ministries will be hosting its first annual online apologetics conference this May.

http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/

The theme for the conference is ‘literary apologetics.’  Potentially, future conferences will tackle some other brand of communicating or defending the Gospel through the arts.  ‘Literary apologetics’ is, obviously, using the written word to carry out that endeavor.  Notable examples are C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, to name a few.

The purpose of the conference is to issue a call to Christians in the arts to express their faith through them and issue a call … continue reading...

Congregations and their Facilities and Love

Today I posted a blog entry at a companion site proposing specific ways in which churches can exhibit love.  These ideas involve setting up the congregation’s property in a way that is designed to do just that.

The two ideas I mentioned are… using ‘spare’ land to grow food to give to the needy and other purposes and build low income housing right on the congregation’s premises.  I discuss and to an extent defend these ideas there, and don’t worry, I’ve got more ideas coming down the pike.  You may comment on those ideas here or there.

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Voyage of the Dawn Treader is Back On

Apparently, Disney is set to film Voyage of the Dawn Treader after having previously indicated the movie was off.   In a previous post, I discussed my feelings about this.   Essentially, I was unhappy with the embellishments in the movie and believe that the drop in revenue was associated with Lewis fans showing their displeasure.   I reviewed Prince Caspian.  The title was:  A Review of Prince Caspian- One Disappointed Christian.

From my readings in the blogosphere, it looks like we may be in for more with the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  This is unfortunate, as this is one … continue reading...

Christianity and UFOs and Space Aliens, an Apologist’s Perpective

I’ve seen this guy on the news lately talking about some space craft being sent or already sent that has the goal of identifying planets that might have intelligent life.  This gent is utterly convinced there are, suggesting it would be arrogant and hubris to think we are alone in the universe.  This is a fairly common sentiment among atheists (I don’t know if this guy is an atheist) dovetailing into weird arguments like “There can’t be a God because why would he care about us, we’re like ants to him.”  This would be like an ant in an ant … continue reading...

A Review of Spero by Jean Heimann at Catholic Fire

Today is the official release day of Birth Pangs: Spero in hard cover!  It is available through Amazon.com or through my book’s website at www.birthpangs.com.

Jean Heimann, who also reviewed Birth Pangs: Fidelis, was kind enough to write a review of Spero as well.  Below are the opening paragraphs of the review followed by a link to the full review.  She provides a link back to birthpangs.com at the end of her review.

Jean Heimann’s Full Review

Spero, the second book in the Birthpang series continues the adventure of the futuristic fantasy tale, which takes places in the

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The Liturgy and the Nature of Man and Reflections for the Church

In confirmation class in 7th and 8th grade my pastor taught us physical positions that we could pray from.  Keeling, prone, hands high, etc.  The idea was that humans are peculiar.  It isn’t enough to give mental assent to something, but rather for full effect we need to commit our bodies, too.  Not putting our bodies ‘through the motions’ actually detracts from the reality as the mind experiences it.  This is really anti-gnosticism and it is an important truth about the human being.  CS Lewis in the Screwtape Letters accurately characterized humans as amphibians- both physical and spiritual, and God … continue reading...

Atheism and Facts and the Escape from Oneself

A recent commenter said:  “Well I don’t believe in invisible entities like gods, angels, spirits, or pixies, faeries,etc…”

I immediately thought to myself all the invisible things that he does believe in.   I thought of the invisible things that the scientific community believes in- like all the missing dark matter and the millions of years which life is said to have evolved in which is ever and always invisible to direct observation- and realized with a start a fact which of course I have long been aware of… atheists who hide behind science in their mockery of those who believe … continue reading...

Interview question on the writing of Fidelis- a post apocalyptic setting for moral exploration

I was handed a bunch of interview questions a while back and we actually had an audio interview but that interview is now lost in the hills of Argentina (I kid you not).  I have been answering them one by one on my blog at www.birthpangs.com but this one (and a couple to come) I thought would be relevant here.  You can read the other four questions and answers at the Birth Pangs site.  Here, reprinted, is question five and my answer:

Why pick a post-nuclear war setting to explore these themes:  first, the theme of human virtue and fortitude, … continue reading...

A Review of Prince Caspian: One Christian Disappointed

I’ve heard a handful of rave reviews for Prince Caspian the movie but can’t say that I can join them in their enthusiasm.  I feel even like I ought to title this review something like “A review of that movie which is titled after Prince Caspian and has characters similarly named and slight plot resemblances.”  But that is too long.  I probably would not be as disappointed if the first Narnia movie hadn’t been so faithful to the text of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which I favorably reviewed here.  I assumed that the same careful attention … continue reading...