If I were to select any literary couple other than Prince Hamlet and Lady Ophelia with whom to celebrate Valentine's Day, I would choose Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari without question. Though their real-life romance is rather tragic—one could even see the dismal misfortune in a Wikipedia biography—their literary reconciliation is among the sweetest and most ancient epitomes of Christian romantic devotion.
Hello, everyone! I'm sorry I have not posted in a while. I'm working on something grand, lovely, and different, but it needs some more time till I release the first portion on the Internet. In the meantime, here's a pensive little snippet from my other writing, musing on the storms of Shakespeare's King Lear and Milton's Paradise Lost.… Continue reading The Storms of King Lear and Paradise Lost
With the completion of this Shakespearean sonnet, I sought to speculate at the symbolism of Ophelia's death in Hamlet. Previously I had rewritten a song of death and published it as a poem concerning Ophelia's burial, but only through the eyes of Hamlet's grief. Contrarily, through the shrouded eyes of Ophelia, I think we can gain… Continue reading The Burial of Ophelia: A Poem
Analyzing life philosophically, the art of learning how to think beyond what we see, is a dying art these days. Combined with a solid Biblical worldview, I believe good literature can and does provide the primary antedote to the world's lamentable condition in this area.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a shocking study put out by the Central Intelligence Agency today, CIA head Jack Ryan exposed Santa Claus' true identity—the "Big Brother" Orwell so often wrote about in the dystopia 1984.
As the snow or rain falls softly on the dewy ground and Christmas draws nearer, there's nothing like a little bit of audible and readable art to bolster the advent message. Just as monumental as Christmas is the absence of Christ's incarnation before the manger—or for that matter, the absence of any direct sign from God in those 400 years between the Old Testament and the New.
Hi everyone! Today's post will be a bit different from usual. It's an article I submitted months ago to a popular autism awareness organization, only never accepted. I do believe, however, its message must be shared, so the passion and morals of this story outweighs my typical adherence to theology, literature, and poetry. Let it sink… Continue reading Through His Eyes: A Teen Sister’s Point of View on Autism
As the year began to close, I ventured into the world of epic poetry—and what a beautiful thing it has been! With many thanks to Homer's Odyssey and Milton's Paradise Lost, I finally learned what it was like to sail through the mythological, monster-ridden Mediterranean Sea and to fly on the wings of angels, whirling through space and… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri
"I have found that nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist." ~C.S. Lewis, "Christian Apologetics" When I first read this statement, I thought C.S. Lewis as almost completely oblivious to the role of reason in the Christian faith. I love the methodology of a good logical argument, the… Continue reading Escaping the Snare of Christian Intellectualism
As we struggle to grow our spiritual lives under the especial temptations of the digital age, sometimes the most helpful thing to do is to find a Bible plan we can carry with us on our mobile devices. If we do so, our phones, which usually is and can still be a distraction, might just… Continue reading Five Favorite YouVersion Bible Plans