Literary Wisdom

Literary Wisdom: The Scarlet Letter, Part Two

This post is a continuation of the first Scarlet Letter post. If you'd like to read that one first, please click here. Also, please Google a summary of the novel if you have not read it already...I apologize for not explaining the plot beforehand. Thank you! In our last post, we discussed five key quotations from Hawthorne's The… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: The Scarlet Letter, Part Two

Literary Wisdom

Literary Wisdom: The Scarlet Letter, Part One

Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter is one of the most dreaded books teens are forced to read in high school. It's made up of everything modern society doesn't like—rambling sentences; an excessively drawn-out plot; mystical, enigmatic symbolism; and early modern English dialogue (think Shakespeare, with "thou" and "dost"). On top of that, Hawthorne occasionally has some...interesting "theology." Yet… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: The Scarlet Letter, Part One

Literary Wisdom

Literary Wisdom: Father Brown Mysteries, Part Two

"'What we all dread most,' said the priest in a low voice, 'is a maze with no centre. That is why atheism is only a nightmare.'" ~Father Brown, "The Head of Caesar" Within the vast majority of beliefs and traditions in this world lies a needlessly complicated mess. The core of both modern and old religions exactly… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: Father Brown Mysteries, Part Two

Christianity · Satire

Conscience: How To Sell It and Why You Should

"There was a sort of stock or scrip, called Conscience, which seemed to be in great demand, and would purchase almost anything. Indeed, few rich commodities were to be obtained without paying a heavy sum in this particular stock, and a man's business was seldom very lucrative unless he knew precisely when and how to… Continue reading Conscience: How To Sell It and Why You Should

Literary Wisdom

Literary Wisdom: Mansfield Park and the Pastoral Ministry

"Beginning with its sharply satiric opening sentence, 'Mansfield Park' deals with money and marriage, and how strongly they affect each other. Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation." Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled selfish daughters and falls in love with his on. Their lives are… Continue reading Literary Wisdom: Mansfield Park and the Pastoral Ministry

Christianity

The Renewability of Hope (in Literature and Theology)

Hello, everyone— Two weeks ago I was challenged to write a small piece discussing a particular theme in writing. Although it is briefer and less conversational than my typical blog post, this musing helped me greatly in furthering my understanding of hope—how it relates both to the Scriptures and to theme and genre in the realm… Continue reading The Renewability of Hope (in Literature and Theology)