THE POETRY OF FAITH: Once Upon a Time, Belief Was Normative

Chesterton

Doesn't it sometimes seem that you were meant to live in a different age?  That the world has turned and somehow, you didn't get the memo? I ran across an article on "The Poetry of Faith" which appeared in Time Magazine.  Published on July 1, 1946, it offered a thumbs-up review of a new anthology of Catholic poetry by the British poet Alfred Noyes.  "The greatest writing in human history," said Time, "is religious writing."  Oh, how I ache for my beloved Church to be once again held in … [Read more...]

THE CANOPY AND THE COSMOS: What Kilmer Knew, What Sagan Never Dreamed

Today, December 6, is the birthday of Joyce Kilmer. Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American journalist, poet, literary critic, and editor.  He was considered the leading Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, and was compared to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.  He died too young, at age 31, leaving his fans to wonder what else he might have accomplished had he lived.  A sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment during World War I, Kilmer was … [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 … [Read more...]


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