Tolkien on the Art of Redemption, the Beauty of Reality, & Joy

The famous author of The Lord of the Rings believed that the power of art was to explain reality, the power of story to touch on deep truths about the universe, human history, and the future of all things. In his essay “On Fairy-Stories, ” J.R.R. Tolkien explains that a fairy story can give us a “sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth.”

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Chesterton & Three Anti-Christian Arguments

For when I look at the various anti-Christian truths, I simply discover that none of them are true,” G.K. Chesterton wrote in his common-grace, common-sense classic Orthodoxy. Chesterton goes on to describe three arguments often held by agnostics regarding the Christian faith. Here’s an excerpt:

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C.S. Lewis on Billy Graham

What would C.S. Lewis think of Billy Graham? That’s a question that can be answered in C.S. Lewis’s own words. They two met in 1955 and visited for over an hour. Lewis told Graham, “You know, you have many critics, but I have never met one of your critics who knows you personally.”

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Don’t Put a Room Where C.S. Lewis Put a Hallway

Not long ago I saw someone question a well-known evangelical organization for posting something about C.S. Lewis’s classic work Mere Christianity. The person asked why a website known for a very specific theological framework (Reformed Theology) would use Lewis’s appeal for a “mere” kind of Christianity.

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Father Christmas in Narnia? What On Earth Was Lewis Thinking?

Tolkien didn’t approve of C.S. Lewis’s somewhat odd insertion of Father Christmas into Narnia. You may have even wondered yourself, “Why does the jolly man dressed in red show up in the story?” And, like Tolkien, Lewis had other friends who encouraged him to leave this bit out. He didn’t. Why?

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The Night the Author Entered the Story

For I thought He projected us as a dramatist projects his characters,” C.S. Lewis said of God in Surprised by Joy, “and I could no more ‘meet’ Him, than Hamlet could meet Shakespeare.” Lewis likened his search for God unto that of a mouse and a cat. He was the mouse. He was not looking for the cat. It was the other way around.

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Victorious Struggle: A Great Triumph of Grace

The letters of C.S. Lewis are a treasure trove of spiritual encouragement. In a letter to a former student, Bede Griffiths, Lewis discusses the issue of a person who struggles with homosexual temptations. He encouraged Griffith to consider the struggle itself, though not unmarked by failure, as a “great triumph of Grace.”

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Where Was God?

Few things more powerfully affirm that we live in a messed up world than the headlines. Evil never misses the evening news. It’s always featured in one way or another.

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The Conspiracy of Decent Silence

Charles Henry Green, a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Military Academy, wrote a book under a pseudonym about the spiritual state of Britain. The book considers why so many British college student were ignorant of the doctrines of Christianity. C.S. Lewis wrote the foreword for the book.

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