‘My favorite Authors’ (2011)

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Note the cover price–50 cents!

I can’t believe I left Walter R. Brooks off this list. His Freddy the Pig books are among my all-time favorites. Who else would have written about celebrity spiders?

My Favorite Authors

I know, I know–none of these has ever been called Serious Mainstream Literature. You’d never catch Tolstoy writing about celebrity spiders; and Jane Austen wasn’t big on lost cities inhabited by maniacs.

But these are the authors I’ve learned from, and these are the authors whose works I love–and return to again and again.

What is ‘Christian Fantasy’?

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Too much of what is labeled “Christian fantasy” is only “Christian” on the outside. But then you can say that of some churches, too. And people.

What is ‘Christian Fantasy’?

Just as it’s possible for a politician who supports and publicly funds abortion to say “I’m a good Catholic!”, any publisher can call any book a Christian novel. Sayin’ so don’t make it so.

 

‘After Lewis and Tolkien’ (Comes Me?)

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Jon Dykstra of Reformed Perspective Magazine did a fine job of welding several of my blog posts, and my answers to his questions, into an article about Christian fantasy.

After Lewis and Tolkien

I was especially gratified when he told me how his children loved Bell Mountain as he read it to them. They called it simply “Jack and Ellayne.” I think they were five or six years old at the time–way under the age of the target audience. But I’ve heard this a lot, over the years–mostly from adults.

Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it available online.

‘Happy Earth Day…Not!’ (2012)

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Lest we forget…

In 2009, the prime minister’s top”science” advisers advised him that Britain would have to get rid of more than half its population so as to build a “sustainable” society. They didn’t tell him how he was to dump 32 million people off the island.

Happy Earth Day… Not!

C.S. Lewis got it right, after all: the ultimate goal of the satanic enterprise we know as leftism is to exterminate the human race. If they can knock off the animals and plants, too, they’ll do it. Because their master’s objective is to un-create Creation.

That’s what lies behind all the “science” and the virtue signalling. Read Lewis’ That Hideous Strength for a crisp, clear picture of it.

‘C.S. Lewis and the Deplorable Word’ (2016)

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“If I can’t rule the world, then there won’t be a world!”

Having lived through two world wars, C.S. Lewis understood the temptations of nihilism and the rage of those who reached for absolute power but couldn’t grasp it. He wrote about it several times–in The Chronicles of Narnia and in That Hideous Strength are two examples that come to mind.

C.S. Lewis and The Deplorable Word

Go ahead–tell me we don’t have politicians and “leaders” today who’d just as soon destroy the world, if they’re not allowed to rule it.

But God won’t let them.

My Newswithviews Column, July 4 (‘C.S. Lewis Nailed It’)

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Holy moly, it’s not Saturday–it’s Thursday! What with all those doctor visits, and then me crashing and burning yesterday with allergies, I went to bed last night feeling like it had already been Friday. Anyway, it’s time for Newswithviews.

C.S. Lewis Nailed It

If you haven’t yet read That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, you ought to go ahead and read it now. You’ll be amazed by how clearly he was able to see our own problems of 2019 when he wrote the book in 1943. It’s the third book of a trilogy, but I’ve never had a problem with reading it on its own.

For liberalism, leftism, call it what you will, is a satanic project aimed at un-creating God’s creation.

That’s why they have to be defeated.

Their Own Reality

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Reader “Re-Farmer” hit the nail right on the head yesterday, when she commented on the “cultural psychopathy” of liberals. See her full comment under the post, “Yet Another Censorship Tactic.”

“Their alternate reality is whatever they believe it is,” she said. Bull’s eye. And that’s the whole thing in a nutshell. They have their own reality, and anyone who doesn’t embrace it as reality must be an enemy, and worthy of destruction.

A lot of people now consider leftism to be a mental illness. Like, if you have your own reality that’s different from the real reality, that does mean you’re crazy–right? When a man says, “I am a woman”; when a Democrat says “Donald Trump is trying to install a white supremacist government”; when Elizabeth Warren says, “I am a Native American”; when a liberal insists that any disagreement with his point of view constitutes violence, or criminal assault–well, those are all loopy things to say, and leftids say them all the time.

Try an experiment. Sign up one or two libs as Facebook friends and watch what they do to your page. Go ahead, try it.

But it’s more than just plain mental illness. Much more. I have come to believe that leftism is a truly satanic enterprise. What, after all, did the serpent say to tempt Eve in the garden? “Ye shall not surely die; for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5) And down the hatch went the forbidden fruit, and into the world came sin and death.

Well, you can hardly be more like a god than by defining reality, can you? If you say someone is a racist, poof–! He’s a racist. If you say Trump is operating a network of concentration camps and carrying out ethnic cleansing–presto! It is so. And anyone who won’t go along, word for word and letter for letter, with every single thing you say–well, he must be a biggit!

As C.S. Lewis warned us in That Hideous Strength, the ultimate goal of the satanic enterprise is the total erasure of life on earth–of God’s creation. That is the natural end of leftism.

And just because they’re too full of themselves to know or understand what they’re working for, doesn’t mean it isn’t so.

‘Some Wise Words from C.S. Lewis’ (2015)

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There do seem to be rather a lot of people who forget that science fiction is fiction. Or worse: people who expect life to be like television.

C.S. Lewis warned us about that, years before anybody had a TV set.

Some Wise Words from C.S. Lewis

Sometimes it’s not so easy to separate what you really know from what you’ve seen on TV or in a movie, or read in a novel.

And some of us don’t even try.

‘A Brief Defense of C.S. Lewis and Narnia’ (2015)

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Puddleglum–theologian in training?

To boil it down all the way–C.S. Lewis was an atheist and could very easily have remained one all his life: so whatever quibbles we might have with his theology, however late he came to work in the Lord’s vineyard, he did the best he could.

A Brief Defense of C.S. Lewis (and Narnia)

If God requires of us more than that, we’re all in deep, deep trouble.

‘A Defense of Fantasy’ (2015)

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I was hoping to watch some BBC Narnia today, but now I have to go pick up a prescription for my cat.

Anyway, as I try to rest between books, I thought it might be edifying to revisit the question of whether fantasy can be profitably used in God’s service.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/01/31/a-defense-of-fantasy/

I really can’t blame readers who think fantasy is at best idle nonsense, and at worst, some kind of dalliance with the occult. But that can be said about anything, can’t it? There’s music that glorifies God, and there’s music that debases man and everything around him. When was the last time you heard somebody zoom down the road with a hymn playing on his car’s sound system?

So of course we can use fantasy in the service of the Kingdom: and the more who decide to try to do it, the better.