Tag: Inklings

Christian Humanist Profiles 61: A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War

Before the wars in Middle-earth, before the battles of Narnia, there was a war in Europe—the Great War, the war to end war, that fell tragically short of that dream of peace, and left men and nations broken in body and soul. Two young English army officers were caught up in this storm of war:…

Christian Humanist Profiles 46: The Oxford Inklings

“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” With this proverb, the ancient Hebrew sages defined the value of friendship. Similarly, the Stoic Marcus Aurelius began his Meditations enumerating the friends to whom he owed particular traits of character and wisdom. However, we need not return to ancient times to see this venerable model of…

Christian Humanist Profiles 36: Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision

In his introduction to George Macdonald’s Phantastes, C.S. Lewis credits the novel with baptizing his imagination, giving him a taste for the good and the numinous that led, ultimately, to Christian conversion. Some might use that same turn of phrase about Lewis’s own Narnia series, finding in their first introduction to the lion Aslan the…