Tag: reality


A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Little Lord Jesus”


In A Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen and Johnny function as foils in Irving’s exploration of faith and doubt. Owen represents an incarnational position where transcendence is seen to be within the material world, and the young Johnny sees the transcendent as far off and irrelevant (likely nonexistent) to the world...

The Evening Sky


  Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes, once said, "If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they'd live a lot differently." It wasn't that long ago when people did sit outside and look at the stars each night.  This is certainty one of the reasons why anyone...

Language, Sex, and Violence — Will We Watch?


“If it’s not appropriate for children, it’s not appropriate for anyone.” I’ve always had trouble with this idea, because if I took that approach, I’d no longer be able to read my Bible. I have been told by those who can read the original languages in which the Bible has...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (3) – Fall


Of all the evil characters in fairy tales, I found the Red Riding Hood’s wolf the scariest. He’s been called the “Big Bad Wolf,” but that name evokes a canine domesticated by the animator’s pen.  The wolf I encountered alone in the deep dark woods of my imagination, while being...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (2) – Creation


We get a lot of rain in south western BC so we often talk about it, often disparagingly.  We fail to see magic anymore—even when it drops out of the sky and hits us on the head. We think about rain in the same way we have been trained to...

In Defense of Fairy Tales (1) – Introduction


Many years ago, I had to defend the use of Madeleine_L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time for use in my 7th grade classroom.  Fortunately, the key figure in the battle was so exhausted from a prolongued war in another school district that they no longer had the energy to wage this war again.  Later,...