Tag: C. S. Lewis


Why Christians Ought to Be Royalists


Last week my school received a visit from the Honourable Judith Guichon, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The lieutenant governor the representative of Queen Elizabeth II in BC.  The visit followed the expected protocols--teachers dressed formally; Her Honour was accompanied by an Aide-de-Camp in full RCMP dress uniform; she entered the assembly in a processional...

The Modern Malaise


Do you ever feel that life is a little flat? If you do, you are not alone according to Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor.  He calls it "the modern malaise." Taylor says that the experience of living in a secular age is one of “flatness.”   This feeling comes about because of a new view of reality which affects...

YOLO: The Wisdom and the Folly


"YOLO" -- You may have heard a young person say this just before they do something stupid, or as an explanation as to why they did something stupid. It means "You Only Live Once." It suggests we ought to live for the present, as opposed to think too much about...

Christians are Anti-Progress


Christians are often resistant to progress, sometimes when they shouldn't be.  I am resistant to the label because I don't think, in many respects, Christianity calls us to be inherently anti-progress.  But in one sense, I am OK with this label. The Good was traditionally understood to fall into the transcendent category. ...

The Myth Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous when applied to...

Mad Max: Fury Road


I just got back from watching Mad Max: Fury Road [SPOILER ALERT]. It didn't take me too long to wonder if I had made a mistake--it's a bit over the top. The world into which we are dropped is pretty terrible--I expected it to be terrible, but not that gross....

A God Shaped Hole?


I admit that I wince every time I hear this phrase, but there is something here to think about it. Everybody asks big questions at some time or another. Questions like "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" "Why is there suffering and death?" "Why bother?" Asking big questions is...

Humans are Amphibians


Humans beings are, as C. S. Lewis says, amphibians, "half spirit and half animal. As spirits [we] belong to the eternal world, but as animals [we] inhabit time." Lewis suggests that human beings experience two realities--one linked to the physical world and the other to the spiritual. Luigi Giussani (The...

“Maybe Jesus was a vampire?”


Are there vampires in the Bible? A few of the characters on HBO's True Blood suggest there are. Lazarus, Cain and Eve are presented as possibilities, but then the dim-witted Jason Stackhouse hypothesizes, "Maybe Jesus was the first vampire?" Jason's evidence for this assertion is that Jesus rose from the...

I Think the Bible is True


Most liberals like parts of the Bible--they usually like what Jesus said, but there are other parts of the Bible that many reject outright. I am not like most liberals because I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and, as such, it's true and it's relevant, and...