The Communion of Saints – Out Now!

I'm pleased to announce that my first, self-published book is now available to buy online! The Communion of Saints: Stories in the Christian Gothic was my final project in my Master of Arts program at Regent College, and it's now my first publication. Featuring five short stories tied together by a frame narrative, the book … Continue reading The Communion of Saints – Out Now!

Spirit And Nature: C.S. Lewis’ “Miracles”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study is C.S. Lewis' third major work of Christian apologetics—and also his last. He became known as an apologist first through The Problem of Pain and then through his radio broadcasts which later became Mere Christianity. Both of these projects were published during the war, and Miracles itself started growing during those … Continue reading Spirit And Nature: C.S. Lewis’ “Miracles”

On Magic And Theology

I have recently finished, for something like the fourth or fifth time, Susanna Clarke's historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. One of my favourite books, it imagines an entire history of magic and fairies in England, a history which by the time of the Napoleonic Wars (when the story is set) has been … Continue reading On Magic And Theology

Men Without Chests: C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength”

That Hideous Strength, the third book in C.S. Lewis' Cosmic Trilogy, is often noted for being rather different than the first two. It is longer by far, it is set entirely on Earth, and Elwin Ransom is not the main character. But in fact the novel continues exploring many of the themes and ideas already … Continue reading Men Without Chests: C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength”

As Real As What You Love: C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce”

It is difficult, at first, to classify The Great Divorce. On the one hand it isn't a non-fiction work of apologetics or theology. But on the other hand, the story is so slight that it hardly counts as a straightforward novel; certainly the narrative is much less involved than any part of the Cosmic Trilogy … Continue reading As Real As What You Love: C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce”

The Family of God: Living Theology Through Sacramental Worship

I wrote this essay a couple of weeks ago for my theology class, by chance one of the last assignments in my Master's program. I recognize that it's a bit longer than the usual post, but decided to go ahead because I believe the topic is one worthy of (much) further discussion. Far from holding … Continue reading The Family of God: Living Theology Through Sacramental Worship

A New Theology: C.S. Lewis’ “Perelandra”

With the first book in his Cosmic Trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis seems to have tried to invent a new Christian mythology—or as he once put it, "smuggle theology" into readers' minds under the guise of science fiction. For the second book, theology is no longer hidden; it comes right to the … Continue reading A New Theology: C.S. Lewis’ “Perelandra”

Learning By Loving: James K.A. Smith’s “Desiring The Kingdom”

James K.A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation is the first volume of his Cultural Liturgies trilogy, a series which ultimately comprises a theology of culture. He opens the book with a question: "What is education for? And more specifically, what is at stake in a distinctively Christian education?" This comes, he … Continue reading Learning By Loving: James K.A. Smith’s “Desiring The Kingdom”