Tag: sacramental theology

Christian Humanist Profiles 98: Icons in the Western Church

The difference between Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity is made visible by many marks, but none more distinctly than the Eastern icon. Their regular visual style, following ancient and set patterns, pulls against the instinct of Western art toward originality and novelty. The responses they evoke from Eastern Christians push beyond what Western sensibilities…

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…