The Chief Value of Legend: A Review of “The Ballad of the White Horse”

There was a time in Western literary history when stories were the exclusive domain of poetry; Homer, Virgil, and Ovid all sang their epics in verse and would probably never have dreamed of inventing the novel. Even after the development of prose fiction, Dante travelled through his Divine Comedy in terza rima, Shakespeare wrote his … Continue reading The Chief Value of Legend: A Review of “The Ballad of the White Horse”

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In My Coracle of Verses: A Review of “Spirits In Bondage”

I was browsing through the shelves of our college's bookstore and discovered that HarperCollins has been reissuing their C.S. Lewis library in new paperback editions with some frankly rather beautiful covers. The books are classy, too, with French flaps and deckle-edged paper. I immediately began calculating excuses to replace the books by Lewis I already … Continue reading In My Coracle of Verses: A Review of “Spirits In Bondage”

Slow Revelation: A Review of “The Sparrow”

There seems to be a niche for a particular type of story: the suffering of Jesuit missionaries. There was Roland Joffé's 1986 film The Mission, Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel Silence (with a recent Martin Scorcese film adaptation), and here I am reviewing Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow. This could be well on its way to … Continue reading Slow Revelation: A Review of “The Sparrow”

The Source of All Knowing

This article originally appeared in the March 13, 2018 issue of Et Cetera, Regent College's student newspaper. The weekend was tough. A New Testament midterm meant that I didn’t have as much time to work on the Christian Thought & Culture paper, and I still had to do the weekly discussion question. Top things off … Continue reading The Source of All Knowing

Support Steven’s First Year At Regent College

Find out how to donate to my first year's tuition here. And if you'd share it on your own blog, your Facebook Timeline, and your Twitter feed, I'd be ever so grateful. The link includes more detail about how you can help and the summary version of why I want to go to Regent College. … Continue reading Support Steven’s First Year At Regent College

Truth Told Slant: A Review of “Norse Mythology”

We have forgotten the shape of the universe. We have forgotten how everything started, where it came from -- and most importantly where it is going. We have forgotten the truth, and that is what mythology is for. Not for facts. Facts never tell you the whole truth of things. Mythology reminds us of the … Continue reading Truth Told Slant: A Review of “Norse Mythology”