The Last Words of C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

C.S. Lewis died in 1963. Lewis wrote many books and essays during his career. The last published writing of Lewis was an essay titled, “We Have No Right to Happiness.” The Gospel Coalition has republished […]

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Tolkien – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I had really been looking forward to the Tolkien movie. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favourite authors. Tolkien has a great story to be told, with his brilliant mind and military experience that shaped […]

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C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien & Owen Barfield

C.S. Lewis and Friends

When people think of the Inklings, they often think of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. But there were other members of the group, including Owen Barfield. How important is Barfield? Many often think of Tolkien’s […]

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Why is C.S. Lewis Still Popular Today?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I recently went through our church library and got rid of most of the books. The reason was that the vast majority were terribly outdated. And yet I kept all of the C.S, Lewis books, […]

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The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is 5 Minutes in Church History. It is a nice quick introduction to different topics related to Christian history. A recent episode looked at C.S. Lewis, more […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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The C.S. Lewis Bible – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Some time ago I was browsing a second-hand store and spotted a copy of The C.S. Lewis Bible. I have devoted my life to studying and teaching the Bible and C.S. Lewis is one of […]

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Is J.K. Rowling the New J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been an international phenomenon. Harry Potter is arguably for this generation what Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia were for their generations. But can we say that […]

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Rivendell by Rush

C.S. Lewis and Friends

My favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien and my favourite band is Rush. So when the two come together, it is just gold. Rivendell is a song that appeared on Rush’s second album, Fly by Night, […]

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Was Tolkien Really Racist?

Tolkien

There have been some recent claims that the world that J.R.R. Tolkien creator reveals the racism of its creator. But was Tolkien really racist? Dimitra Fimi has taken on this topic and is addressing the […]

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Lewis and Tolkien: War, Fantasy, and Modernism

C.S. Lewis

Two of my favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Both authors served in the First World War and that experience shaped their later thought and writings. Ryan Reeves shares some thoughts on this […]

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Top Five Things I Like About C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

As I continue to celebrate my 50th birthday with top five lists, I turn my attention to C.S. Lewis. Lewis is easily one of my favourite authors and Christian thinkers. But what is it that […]

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C.S. Lewis: Letters to Children

C.S. Lewis and Friends

C.S. Lewis is by far one of my favourite authors and thinkers. His writings were instrumental in my early development as a Christian and they continue to impact me. When people think of C.S Lewis, […]

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What We Can Learn From Hobbits

Hobbits

I am writing this on September 22, which is Hobbit Day. That is because September 22 is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo. These two are the most well known of the hobbits, a […]

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The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Who was J. R. R. Tolkien? Nearly everyone knows him as the author of two of the most beloved books of the 20th century: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Many also know him as a […]

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Top 10 Lines Falsely Attributed to C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

C. S. Lewis, described by some as the “patron saint of American evangelicals,” is a very quotable writer, and evangelical Christians love to invoke him in sermons, social media posts, and casual conversation. However, you […]

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C.S. Lewis’ Most Controversial Beliefs

C.S. Lewis

Without a doubt. C.S. Lewis is my favourite Christian author. Although he is popular among evangelicals, some of his beliefs are not without controversy. Few figures loom larger over the past century of Christianity than […]

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Saint Chesterton?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced hope that his sainthood cause could soon be opened. “Chesterton stands up as that saint […]

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The Meaning of Education According to Fr. Schall and G. K. Chesterton

C.S. Lewis and Friends

The antidote to pride is of course humility and the fruit of humility is gratitude. Expressing such gratitude, G. K. Chesterton, in a poem titled “Evening,” writes: Here dies another day During which I have […]

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C. S. Lewis and the Great War

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Like his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis fought in the First World War. Joseph Loconte has written an article on this for the National Review. In the spring of 1918, Germany and the Central Powers […]

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The Merry World of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Hobbit

Jo Walton has written an article on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and his impressions of it. The unusual thing about The Hobbit for me was that Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit and a grown up. […]

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G.K. Chesterton’s Philosophy in 3 Words

G.K. Chesterton

Chuck Chalberg has written an article on G.K. Chesterton, summarizing his philosophy in three words: If one were to capture G.K. Chesterton’s philosophy to just a few words, it could be done in this sentence: […]

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Thoughts on Unfinished Tales

C.S. Lewis and Friends

When most people think about J.R.R. Tolkien, they think of the Hobbit and the Lord of Rings. While those are his most popular books, there are others, even others set in the same Middle-earth. The […]

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C.S. Lewis on Prayer

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of the Christian life. But role does it play? Does prayer accomplish anything or is it just a religious duty? No one has all the answers, but C.S. Lewis, like […]

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Thoughts on the Last Battle

Last Battle

I recently finished rereading The Chronicles of Narnia with the final battle being The Last Battle. A good book (or series of books) is only as good as its conclusion and The Last Battle is […]

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Thoughts on the Silver Chair

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Like any series of books, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia vary in quality. Although they are all good, some are better than others. One of my favourites is The Silver Chair. This story features Eustace […]

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What Were Tolkien’s Inspirations for the Hobbit?

Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published eighty years ago. It is a great time to be thinking about this book and the world that grew out of it. The Hobbit is so much more than […]

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The Etymology of the Word ‘Hobbit’

Hobbit

Hobbits are well known to us, if not from Tolkien’s books, than at least from Peter Jackson’s movies. But it was not always so. There was a time when no one had heard of the […]

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Beren and Luthien – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

It is amazing that so many decades after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death that he still has “new” books being released. Thankfully, his son Christopher Tolkien has gone through manuscripts and has released material. Christopher expects Beren […]

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G.K. Chesterton on Art and the Image of God

C.S. Lewis

Melissa Cain Travis, who teaches at Houston Baptist University, often has great things to say. I was not surprised when she recently wrote an article on the greater writer G.K. Chesterton. In The Everlasting Man, […]

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5 Big Things To Know And Celebrate About G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

I really enjoy reading G.K. Chesterton. He is both wise and witty. Gracy Olmstead has written a post for The Federalist on what you need to know about Chesterton. Reading G.K. Chesterton’s work is a bit […]

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If He Hadn’t Seen Combat, J.R.R. Tolkien May Have Never Written A Word

Tolkien

I find the connection between J.R.R. Tolkien’s military service and his writing to be very interesting. Elliot Ackerman has written an interesting article for Task & Purpose. Perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Tolkien […]

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C.S. Lewis: Christian Reflections – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I’m always looking for some more C.S. Lewis to read. So I was quite happy to read a collection of his essays in the book Christian Reflections. Many of the chapters in this book were originally […]

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Pilgrim’s Regress – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I’m up for reading anything by C.S. Lewis. I have reread a number of his books. But one that I had not read was The Pilgrim’s Regress. I had heard by some that it was […]

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Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

Suffering

The problem of suffering is one of the most difficult subjects connected to faith. One of the resources we have in discussing this is C.S. Lewis. Whitney Dotson tackles this in an article in the […]

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Thoughts on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Dawn Treader

I have been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my daughter. We have now read five of the seven books having just completed The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Strangely, I have not seen the […]

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What C.S. Lewis Can Teach Us About True Love

C.S. Lewis

Love is one of the highest values of our culture. It is the subject of countless songs and stories. But what do we mean by love? Zachary Krueger turns to C.S. Lewis for wisdom on the […]

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A Footnote to the Cross in The Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

Although the Lord of the Rings is a popular fantasy story, many do not realize that the entire story is grounded in a Christian world view. Tolkien was a devout Christian who was instrumental in […]

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How C.S. Lewis Encouraged J.R.R. Tolkien

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Two of my favourite authors are C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Not only were they friends, Tolkien was instrumental in Lewis becoming a Christian. What not as many people know is that Lewis helped encourage […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Redefined Fantasy Stories

Tolkien

I have enjoyed the fantasy genre since my teen years. There is both good and bad fantasy. Much of the best fantasy has been inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. James Ellis has written an […]

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What Does it Mean to Become Like Christ?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

James Knight has written an article on Becoming Like Christ. Lots of writing has had a huge impact on my life – particularly in the fields of philosophy, economics, politics, literature, science and, most pertinent […]

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C.S. Lewis on Pain and Suffering

C.S. Lewis

I recently did something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I read together two books by C.S. Lewis on a similar subject. I read both The Problem of Pain and A Grief […]

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What If the Chronicles of Narnia Was Released Today?

Chronicles of Narnia

In this age of information overload, we can sample media sources from every perspective. John Ehrett has put together a hilarious collection of imagined media reactions to the Chronicles of Narnia from the most popular […]

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Dante, C.S. Lewis, and the Goodness of the Good

C.S. Lewis

How our conservative Christians or evangelicals known? For many people, evangelicals are known primarily for what we are against. But do Christians have anything positive to say? Jim Tonkowich has written an interesting article on […]

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C.S. Lewis’s View of Women

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Randy Alcorn has written an interesting article on C.S. Lewis’s view of women. In 1949, Lewis sent his five-year-old god-daughter Lucy Barfield the completed manuscript of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with a […]

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War – Review

Joseph Laconte

If you were to look at my interests, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and military history would be near the top of my list. Therefore, I was quite pleased to come across A Hobbit, a Wardrobe […]

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Thoughts on Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian

I recently finished reading Prince Caspian. I had read it before, but most of my memories of the story come from the movie version. Prince Caspian was the second of the Chronicles of Narnia to […]

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Lewis, Tolkien, and the Shadow of War

Tolkien

Both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis served in the First World War. Chris Gehrz has written on this: Tolkien, older than his future friend by nearly seven years, entered military service first, arriving in France in […]

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Tolkien, Lord of the Rings and the Horror of the Trenches

Tolkien

If there is one historical event that gives some insight into J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, it would be the trench warfare of the Forst World War. Nan Spowart has written a good article on this topic. […]

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Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

Tolkien

How seriously should we take J.R.R. Tolkien? After all, he basically spent his time writing fairy tales (even if they were amazing epic fairy tales). Was that a waste of his genius? Jon Bloom has […]

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J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creating of Fantasy Languages

Tolkien

We may enjoy the characters and plot of Tolkien’s stories, but his passion was really in creating languages. Philip Seargeant has written an interesting article on this topic. J.R.R. Tolkien began writing The Fall of […]

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sorrowful Vision of Joy

Tolkien

I have seen numerous Christians put J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings on lists of books that Christians should NOT read. Perhaps this is out of concern for the use of wizards in his […]

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Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – Review

Hobbit

One of my favourite books is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Too many people see The Hobbit as simply the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, a source for some interesting background information. We need […]

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The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Revisited

Fellowship of the Ring

It is hard to believe that The Fellowship of the Ring movie came out way back in 2001. I can still remember the excitement of finally being able to see a live action version of […]

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The Hell of Perpetual Happiness

G.K. Chesterton

In 1911, English writer, philosopher, and theologian G. K. Chesterton published a Father Brown mystery entitled The Three Tools of Death. In the tale, an ex-alcoholic named Armstrong runs a sort-of Cult of Happiness. He […]

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‘The Lord of the Rings’: 10 Secrets You Probably Didn’t Know

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One ring to rule them all. One ring to bind them. One film franchise that took the world by storm. In 2001, the first installment of Peter Jackson‘s long-awaited adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novels […]

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A Tale of Two Tolkiens

C.S. Lewis and Friends

The hero in Simon Tolkien’s new novel bears some resemblance to the author’s grandfather, J.R.R. Tolkien. Both were orphaned, won scholarships to the University of Oxford, fell in love before leaving Britain to fight in […]

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The Lion, the Lamb and the Manger

Manger

For our family, there are a handful of movies that no Christmas season would be complete without watching together. One of these is the most recent film adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the […]

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Thoughts on The Horse and His Boy

Horse and His Boy

I have been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my youngest daughter. I have decided to read them in chronological order rather than publication. So we read the Horse and His Boy third, even though […]

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How C.S. Lewis Wrecked My American Christmas

C.S. Lewis

Even though C.S. Lewis died in 1963, he continues to impact people more than ever. Apologist Mary Jo Sharp shares about how reading C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy ruined her American Christmas. You can read the […]

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16 Things You Didn’t Know About the Making of ‘Lord of the Rings’

Lord of the Rings

Love or hate Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, they had a major impact on the spreading of Tolkien’s books. Pat Saperstein shares 16 things we didn’t know about the making of these movies. […]

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What Narnia Teaches Us About the Star of Bethlehem

C.S. Lewis and Friends

The following is an article written by Mark Woods for Christian Today. In CS Lewis’ novel The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Edmund, Lucy and their obnoxious cousin Eustace fall into the magical world of […]

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I Was an Atheist Until I Read Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien is known for helping C.S. Lewis leave atheism but Lewis is not the only person that Tolkien has helped spiritually. Fredric Heidemann shares his story of reading Lord of the Rings changed his life. […]

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Tolkien’s Lost “Noel”

Tolkien

I found this on the Footnotes blog by Jason G. Duesing. You can find the original post here. You can find other posts by Jason on Tolkien here. Grim was the world and grey last […]

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A Critical Look at the Last Battle

Last Battle

I’m currently reading through the Chronicles of Narnia for the second time, the first time having been about ten years ago. So far, I’m only four books into the series (I won’t go into the […]

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G.K. Chesterton Predicted a Battle Within the Church

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Sam Guzman has written an interesting article on G.K. Chesterton and his prediction about battles about sexual morality within the Roman Catholic Church. G.K. Chesterton had an uncanny gift for prophecy. It wasn’t mystical necessarily. […]

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Billy Graham and C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

Two of the most influential Christians in the 20th century were C.S. Lewis and Billy Graham. Although from different backgrounds, they both have made significant impact for the Church. William Benson has written a post […]

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

John Blake has written a post on C.S. Lewis at the CNN Belief Blog. You may discover that there is much that you didn’t know about C.S. Lewis. He looked like a “red-faced pork butcher […]

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C.S. Lewis and the Art of Disagreement

C.S. Lewis and Friends

We live in a world where disagreements are sharp and people are easily offended. Does C.S. Lewis have anything to teach us on this? Michael Ward has written an interesting post for the Intercollegiate Review. […]

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Who Was Dorothy Sayers?

Dorothy Sayers

One of C.S. Lewis’s friends was a woman named Dorothy Sayers. Like Lewis, she wrote in the areas of both fiction and apologetics. Who was Dorothy Sayers? There is a nice summary of her life […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Led C.S. Lewis to Christianity

C.S. Lewis and Friends

“I’ve always been so impressed with how J.R.R. Tolkien led his atheist friend C.S. Lewis toward faith in Christianity,” begins Tim Keller in the video clip below. He says Tolkien explained to Lewis that the […]

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C.S. Lewis and Rational Argument

C.S. Lewis

In this opening lecture on “C.S. Lewis and the Rational Argument”, Professor Alister McGrath, the author of a recent biography of C.S. Lewis, explores the role that rational, philosophical argumentation played throughout Lewis’s life, before […]

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Does The Lord of the Rings Favour Friendship over Familial Love?

Tolkien

The following is from a blog post by Trish Lambert on the A Pilgrim in Narnia blog. I was asked this question not long ago. It is a good question; there is a noticeable lack of […]

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The Power of Conversation: A Lesson from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

C.S. Lewis

A major part of C.S. Lewis’s conversion came from a conversation he had with J.R.R. Tolkien. Brett and Kate McKay have written an interesting article on this event and the example it gives for the […]

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All About C.S. Lewis Podcast

C.S. Lewis and Friends

If you are interested in learning more about C.S. Lewis, you might enjoy the All About C.S. Lewis Podcast by Reggie Gates.

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Lewis and Tolkien: An Epic Friendship

C.S. Lewis and Friends

There were many things that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had in common, including a love of literature, brilliant minds, gifted writing and Christian faith. One of the other things that they had in common […]

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G.K. Chesterton on Patriotism

G.K. Chesterton

This is a time when people are reflecting on issues of faith and patriotism. Jerry Salyer has written an article that looks to Chesterton in these confusing times. The nature of patriotism is – or […]

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All About Jack Podcast

C.S. Lewis

If you are interested in learning more about C.S. Lewis, you might like the All About Jack Podcast. Although the latest episode was from a couple of years ago, you might enjoy the episodes that […]

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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

Tolkien

It is not a coincidence that some aspects of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth reflect experiences from World War One. Joseph Laconte wrote an interesting article for the New York Times on this. In the summer of 1916, […]

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Exploring Middle-Earth: Morgoth

Morgoth

If you think that Sauron is biggest bad guy in Middle-Earth, you are wrong. Sauron was only a lieutenant of ultimate evil: Morgoth.

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C.S. Lewis: His Theology and Philosophy

C.S. Lewis and Friends

How would you like to take a course on C.S. Lewis? You can find one on the BiblicalTraining website for free. It is taught by Dr. Michael L. Peterson. You can find it here.

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Men Without Chests by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Men Without Chests is the first chapter of C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. C.S. Lewis Doodle does another fantastic job of presenting Lewis’s thoughts in a fresh way.

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A Crash Course in C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Have you always wanted to know more about C.S. Lewis? Ken Samples has written a blog post that offers a crash course on C.S. Lewis. You can find it here. I encourage you to browse […]

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The Princess and the Goblin – Full Movie

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of the influences on both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis was George MacDonald. He was a pioneer in the fantasy genre. One of his books that I have heard and enjoyed was The Princess […]

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Thoughts on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lion Witch and Wardrobe

For many people, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is the Chronicles of Narnia. It was likely the success of this first book (in publication order) that called for the rest of the series. […]

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C.S. Lewis: Atheist to Christian

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of the things attractive about C.S. Lewis’s story is his journey from atheism to Christianity. You can learn about his experience in this video.

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