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

C.S. Lewis

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...]

THIS IS WATER: How to Think About Life

David Foster Wallace in 2006

David Foster Wallace was an award-winning American novelist, short story writer and essayist.  Time magazine called his 1996 novel Infinite Jest  “one of the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.”Wallace was a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and was considered one of the most influential and innovative writers of the time—until he took his own life at the age of 46 in September 2008.I don’t know what motivated Wallace to give up on life.  Only three years e … [Read more...]

Men Must Endure Their Going Hence: Remembering C.S. Lewis

Men Must Endure Their Going Hence.So warns Edgar in Shakespeare’s classic King Lear.And so says the tombstone shared by illustrious Christian apologist Clive Staples Lewis and his brother Warren.  The tombstone, located in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford, commemorates the writer C.S. “Jack” Lewis, who died 48 years ago on November 23, 1963, and his quieter older brother who died in April 1973.Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century, co … [Read more...]