Reflections on the Present Age

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Some authors make a lasting impression on one’s mind, for good or for bad. For me, one such writer is Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55), whom I first engaged while an undergraduate at Valparaiso University. While reading Kierkegaard, one cannot help but be flummoxed by large portions of his prose—there’sContinue reading “Reflections on the Present Age”

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Living Conciliarly

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”–Stephen R. Covey I have forgotten where I first saw that quote, but I do remember that I was immediately impressed with its accurate assessment of contemporary culture and discourse. How often do we listen, discuss, or read withContinue reading “Living Conciliarly”

Speaking Through Stories

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. A friend of mine recently commented that he sees too many references to C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien in the blogging world. As someone who tries to stay connected to the conversations of the interwebs, I can confirm that there are indeed a plethora ofContinue reading “Speaking Through Stories”

Facebook Trends and Book Lists

The past several weeks my Facebook friends have been swapping lists of their “Ten Most Influential/Important Books.” Now, typically social media trends don’t excite me and giving into peer pressure does not sound very enticing. But when it comes to books and reading, the bibliophile within cannot resist. So I gave in. But seeing allContinue reading “Facebook Trends and Book Lists”

Planet Narnia: Part Two

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. My previous post introduced Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis,[1] in which he argues that the medieval conception of the Seven Heavens serves as the basis for the seven Chronicles of Narnia, with Lewis using the characteristic ethos of eachContinue reading “Planet Narnia: Part Two”

Planet Narnia: Part One

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Some of my favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. While Lewis’s tales of the adventures of the Pevensie children (and later Eustace and Polly) in the land of Narnia are for many little more than entertaining children’s books, I find myself returning toContinue reading “Planet Narnia: Part One”

The Importance of (Liberal) Education

This article originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Every year in America millions of dollars are spent on “education.”1 We have made K-12 schooling a priority, offered every child the chance at a high school diploma, and, more recently, emphasized the importance of a college degree. Yet despite this commitment of time, energy, and money notContinue reading “The Importance of (Liberal) Education”

What Are You Reading?

As the books for my PhD at Saint Louis University being to pour in (methinks Amazon loves me right now), I am trying to wrap up my summer reading list (pictured to the right). I’ve made some significant progress on this stack over the past couple of days, and hope to be complete (or nearlyContinue reading “What Are You Reading?”

Reflections Upon a Move

It’s that time of the year again: time for school to start again after a few glorious months of fun, relaxation, and vacation time. Or at least, that’s how it used to be. In recent years, summer has meant work, as in, “Time to make money so you don’t die during the school year.” InContinue reading “Reflections Upon a Move”

Reflections on Harry Potter

“I cannot get a cup of tea large enough nor a book long enough” –C. S. Lewis Much like C.S. Lewis, since I acquired the ability to read, I have always greatly enjoyed the reading of books. Lots of them. In fact, during elementary school I once read so many of the books in ourContinue reading “Reflections on Harry Potter”