The lecture and essay “On Fairy Stories” by J.R.R. Tolkien is incredibly rich. I’ve just reread it and am only realizing this time how little I understand it. I’ve posted several portions of it in past years, but here is a comprehensive set of passages that I wish to reflect upon more when I can.Continue reading “God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves”
Gandalf speaking to Denethor in Tolkien’s The Return of the King (chapter 1): But I will say this: the rule of no realm is mine, neither Gondor nor any other, great or small. But all worthy things that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care. And for my part, IContinue reading “I also am a steward”
The good and the virtuous are only seen and known as they are embodied in other persons. Thus virtue friendships simultaneously produce dedicaton to transcendent values and intense deveotion to the friend. The Feast of Friendship by Paul D. O’Callaghan, page 37.
Two passages from C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty: The great classic triumvirate of Truth, Beauty and Goodness is a particularly apt framework for engaging C. S. Lewis and philosophy. These magnificent ideals are not only at the heart of the classic philosophical enterprise, the tradition into which Lewis was initiated inContinue reading “we are attracted to goodness first by its beauty”