Inklings of the Gospel: Fr. Robert Barron’s Latest Book Finds Meaning in Popular Culture

Seeds of the Word

Raise your hand if you remember CliffsNotes.  Those black and yellow-striped study guides were a boon to the hapless undergrad who lingered too late at the fraternity kegger, squandering his time with new friends when he should have been studying for his Lit exam.  For just a few dollars, CliffsNotes offered a quick plot summary, description of the characters, and analysis of the theme.  Ideally, CliffsNotes would be a companion to the complete masterpiece, offering insights without replacing the … [Read more...]

The Surviving Audio of C.S. Lewis Talking About Prayer

C.S. Lewis audio file

During World War II, C.S. Lewis gave a series of radio addresses to the British nation.  His words inspired people who were tired of war, and the series was later published as a book titled "Mere Christianity."Unfortunately, most of the BBC reels were recycled; and Lewis' prophetic voice was almost lost to history.  One reel survived, however--a talk about prayer and evolution. … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on St. James and the Inherent Conflict in the Astonishing Promise of James 1:6

On July 25, Christians observe the Feast of St. James the Apostle.C.S. Lewis offered a reflection on the apparent contradiction in the Scriptures, as exemplified in James 1:6,  that you will get what you ask for, and yet also prepare yourself submissively in advance for a possible refusal.Be prepared to be frustrated:  He exposes the conundrum, but what he doesn't offer is a solution that you can take to the bank. The New Testament contains embarrassing promises that what we pray for w … [Read more...]


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