Tiny Space Vikings and the Upside Down Horror of Child Warriors

Children should be free to be children; it’s the job of adults to protect and preserve innocent life.

My Dear Wormwood: A Screwtape Letter on the Art of Smartphone Addiction

Neutrality towards technology isn’t as good as enthusiasm, of course, but it’s much better than allowing the seeds of skepticism to grow.

Captain America and the Divided States of American Christianity

God is not constrained by our human divisions.

“Leaf by Niggle”: Sacrificing Ambition for the Love of a Neighbor

There is no goal or achievement we can aspire to that is greater than loving God and loving our neighbors as Christ loves them.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 2)

Celibate monasticism was a symbol of the radical resurrection equality of men and women—of their symmetrical status as eternal brothers and sisters. 

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 1)

When the highest feminine symbol within church history was rejected as an idol, a primary example of women’s indisputable dignity disappeared too.

Everything Sad Is Untrue: Scheherezade and Rivers of Blood

It is a thousand and one stories woven together in a tapestry, a Persian rug, of beauty.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Being an Artist and Answering Death with Beauty

At the heart of Station Eleven is a conflict between affirmation of Life and negation of Life. Affirmation wins.

Pride, Panache, and Paradox in Cyrano

Cyrano reminds us that most of us could use a little panache.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Risky Hospitality and Making Monsters into Friends

Rebuilding civilization requires hospitality to strangers, whether they show up cold and dirty on your doorstep, or warm and tiny in your womb.

The Pains and Promises of Parenthood in Fredrik Backman’s Beartown

An encouraging and hopeful story about the realities of facing and embracing the respective pains and promises of parenthood.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and the Spiritual Lessons of Dark Lords

By compromising the connection between player and hero-protagonist, Shadow of Mordor sets up the player to identify as the villain, with no prior warning.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Helping Even When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Healing doesn’t require a degree. But it does require a willingness to share someone’s suffering.

Myth, Mountains, and Mysticism: Till We Have Faces and Christian Storytelling

Till We Have Faces expresses the way in which Christian storytelling at its best has the potential to work upon people.

Why Sincere Self-Awareness Leads to Stasis in Beautiful World, Where Are You

In Beautiful World, Where Are You, Rooney’s characters stay in a state of perpetual moral paralysis so as to avoid falling to their knees.

The Aviator: How Memory, Love, and Art Transform the World

In The Aviator, Vodolazkin redirects our attention away from history as a sequence of ideological movements and towards the individual actions of human beings, each imbued with eternity.