The Joy Within and the Power Beyond

Note: this article has some spoilers from the ancient Greek Oedipus plays and the movies Rogue One, Captain America: The First Avenger, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

OEDIPUS THE KING

Imagine you are going to the theater with your friends. You decide to watch a drama about a man who marries his mother accidentally and gets involved in a series of family arguments, national wars, love affairs, and deaths (particularly by suicide, which seems to be the popular choice in this story). It’s a three-part series, and you can’t wait to find out what happens.

You know what to expect: lots of swearing (naturally), a few extremely sexual scenes, nonstop action, deaths and wars filling the big screen, and the like. The movie is probably rated at least R.

It’s called Oedipus the King. Read More »

The Power of Fantasy

how fantasy can lead us to know truth, seek beauty, value virtue, discover heroism, and follow Christ


I intend in this article to grapple with the difficult questions many people have about fantasy. Is it good to read? Will it really lead us to know truth, seek beauty, value virtue,  discover heroism, and follow Christ?

Yes.

Now it’s my job and joy to prove it to you. Read More »

What is Right?

Written in 2017 – contains spoilers for With Lee in Virginia and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Recently, I read a book that made me think a lot about right and wrong. It was With Lee in Virginia, by G. A. Henty, a book about the Civil War. The main character, an older teenager named Vincent, is a Confederate whose mother runs a plantation. He supports slaves’ rights and hates their mistreatment, even aiding a runaway slave to escape his harsh masters, yet he is a staunch supporter of slavery itself. Also a firm believer in states’ rights to secede, he joins the war on the side of the South and goes through many difficult battles and situations. Read More »