Perelandra

It has been a good many years since I read C.S. Lewis’s Perelandra. Recently I reread the first book of this author’s space trilogy, so it seemed natural to attempt a reread of both remaining works as well. Perelandra is Book 2 of the trilogy, and it is the book responsible for reminding me, as

Musings on self-funding a presidential campaign

Among the many things that mystify me about Donald Trump’s visibility in this presidential race is the idea that self-funding his campaign is somehow better than having donors. The candidate himself, I read somewhere, tweeted self-pityingly that he has not gotten enough credit from voters for it. I have to ask: how is a billionaire

Overheard

My kids surprise me. A fly on the wall would have heard this conversation last night: Younger Daughter (12): Mom, I don’t think I can read Men of Iron. It’s sooooo boring! Me: Really?? Aren’t you liking Ivanhoe? YD: Yes! Me: If you like Ivanhoe, trust me, you’ll like

Education — or Brainwashing?

You know, it’s funny. Christians are often perceived and represented as brainwashed. They refuse “the facts.” They shelter their kids from “scientific knowledge.” Their “faith” is just another word for “willful ignorance.” Or so they say. The “they” I refer to, in this case, is the educational bureaucracy of this country. It dominates public education

Recent Reads

I’ve found myself returning to posts on my “Reviews” page to refresh my memory of certain books, and I realize once again that this blog has, in a sense, spoiled me. If I think, “I’ll just keep a reading journal with pen and paper,” it doesn’t happen. This is where my reading is centralized. It’s

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s recently published second novel about the community made famous in To Kill a Mockingbird, is largely a disappointment. The book is a sequel in the sense that it gives us a look at the Finch family several decades after the action of To Kill a Mockingbird, but a prequel

1776

David McCullough’s 1776 offers a gripping, detailed account of one year during the American Revolution — a year of desperate struggle, many losses, and a few key gains. It was a year when the “Glorious Cause” almost went belly-up under the pressure of poverty, lack of discipline, cowardice, and indecision at crucial moments. But as

U-Turn

The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life, that it would be literally — I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally — impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all of

Seeking Hope

Pope Francis is visiting America for the first time. On Friday night’s Newshour, political commentators David Brooks and Mark Shields took up the subject of his visit. I have been struck lately by the entrance of religion into their discussion. They talked about the reaction of the families of those killed in the Charleston shootings.

The Fellowship

What then, were the Inklings? Was John Wain right to call them (as we reported on the first page of this study) ‘a circle of instigators, almost of incendiaries, meeting to urge one another on in the task of redirecting the whole current of contemporary art and life’? Were they, rather, just a circle of