For many years, C.S. Lewis struggled heavily with the argument for intelligent design. "One of the things that may surprise viewers," said John West, editor of The Magician's Twin, "is just how angry Lewis's atheism could be in his earlier years."
You pretend that God is there beside you listening with utmost attention to your questions and concerns. Eventually, the game becomes what is experienced as an actual conversation -- or maybe becomes an actual conversation.
Within twenty years, when the baby is grown into an adult, the glacial ice of the high Arctic will have largely disappeared. The baby has been nurtured but have we abandoned any notion of care for its habitat?
The point C.S. Lewis makes in The Four Loves is that closing our heart to the risk of heartbreak creates a living hell. The truth is that while heartbreak is extremely painful, it is not nearly as painful as the hell we create for ourselves when we hold back loving out of our fear of getting hurt.
All month, J has been leading the Harry Potter charge -- she is the vocal coach and has mastered all the accents for the cast of characters. She is the wardrobe mistress, the set designer, the acting coach and of course the director.
Satire is an important form of political commentary. The problem is that when someone equates a particular policy position with The Destruction of America As We Know It, they disregard the fact that reasonable people can disagree.
Hall dwells specifically at the intersection of Art and Policy, his work aiming to touch people in the everyday. That is so cliché that it hurts as I strip the meaning of that universality down to a feel-good thing to say. I don't mean it that way.
What good fiction does whether it's a Bible story, a fairytale, a popular children's serie, or a detective thriller is to invite the reader to identify with a flawed human being who faces harrowing choices and odds.