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Reflecting upon Modern Christmas with C. S. Lewis

  It seems to get worse each year: the Christmas commercials, music, and mall decorations are starting earlier and earlier. This year, when Halloween ended, we seemed to have skipped right over Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas. And, I find this trend repulsive. What is driving it? Love for Christ, a want to get […]

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Laughing in the Face of Horror

  A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Lazarus Impact. 2012. Pp. 284. $12 paperback, $3 Kindle After releasing his very first and quite successful entry into the world of mythopoeic fantasy literature with The Return of the Fifth Stone, Vincent Todarello returns to the literary scene in a surprising and rather shocking splattering of flesh, […]

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Recovering Truths Our Progressive Age Has Misplaced

A Review of Vincent Todarello’s The Return of the Fifth Stone. Pp. 408. $15 paperback, $3 Kindle. Ursula K. LeGuin once said that fantasy is the grandmother of all fiction, that all literature has its roots in the myth of ancient cultures, and through fantasy we can reconnect with timeless truths and insights, feelings and […]

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Review of The Hobbit Film, Part I

  Like many Tolkien readers and fans, I’d been waiting with anticipation for the release of The Hobbit film ever since it was first announced. Peter Jackson did such a good job with the LOTR films (not perfect, of course, but very good, very good indeed), that I was so excited to see how he […]

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Are Movies Just for Entertainment?

  Sometimes people get frustrated when actors, directors, and filmmakers add overt political commentary to movies, especially in the “extra features” section of the DVD. My cousin recently lamented how such politicized commentary on the Hunger Games DVD ruined the experience for her. Given Hollywood’s ideological slant, most of the commentary reflects a liberal perspective […]

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A Thought from C. S. Lewis

  I have known only one person in my life who claimed to have seen a ghost. It was a woman; and the interesting thing is that she disbelieved in the immortality of the soul before seeing the ghost and still disbelieves after having seen it. She thinks it was a hallucination. In other words, […]

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A Thought from Viktor Frankl

  If we present man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present him as an automation of reflexes, as a mind machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drive and reactions, as mere product of heredity and environment, we feed the nihilism […]

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A Thought from G. K. Chesterton

  And the fact that [the revolutionist] doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it. Thus he writes one book complaining […]

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A Thought from Blaise Pascal

  It is in vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the remedy for your ills. All your light can only reach the knowledge that not in yourselves will you find truth or good. The philosophers have promised you that, and have been unable to do it. They neither know what is your true […]

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Indoctrinate U

  The American university was first established to foster and guarantee academic freedom. However, in the name of “tolerance” and “diversity,” academic freedom is becoming an ideal of the past. Is there diversity of thought and ideas on our campuses? Check out the documentary film Indoctrinate U and decide for yourself. Watch the trailer: Bookmark […]

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