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Care for the Small Child

It is well-known that humans can be competitive, sometimes just for the sake of being competitive. Competition tends to draw rivals close together, even if, and perhaps especially if they really hate each other. 464 more words


Catastrophe and Eucatastrophe, Catharsis and Communion

What is the eucatastrophe at the end of The Lord of the Rings? I used to think it was the coming of the eagles, but this seems a bit shallow (though it’s hard to argue with the LOTR Project’s… 745 more words

Faith as Faithfulness

Faith is often presented as conformity to a set of doctrines like those laid out in the Nicene Creed. I believe in what the Nicene Creed says but believing it isn’t faith. 805 more words


Faērie and conversion through Wonder

When I was in first and second grade, I hated reading.  I found learning frustrating, and I struggled through the mundane morality tales I was given for homework.   1,039 more words

Tolkien and Girard on desire

As I’ve delved more and more deeply into the work of René Girard and J. R. R. Tolkien, I’ve become aware that they really have very similar understandings of human nature.   1,056 more words

Review: Desire Found Me by Andre Rabe

You can’t get very far in progressive Christian circles without hearing someone talk about Rene Girard at some point. He’s provided a lot of inspiration for many pastors and theologians today with his work in mimetic theory. 215 more words