Wednesday, February 23, 2005

C.S.Lewis On LOTR

The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by 'the veil of familiarity'. The child enjoys his cold meat (otherwise dull to him) by pretending it is buffalo, just killed with his own bow and arrow. And the child is wise. The real meat comes back to him more savoury for having been dipped in a story; you might say that only then is it the real meat. If you are tired of the real landscape, look at it in a mirror. By putting bread, gold, horse, apple, or the very roads into a myth, we do not retreat from reality: we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves. This book applies the treatment not only to bread or apple but to good and evil, to our endless perils, our anguish, and our joy. By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly. I do not think he [Prof. Tolkien] could have done it in any other way.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Lord Of The Rings

Topic of the Month:
Lord of The Rings (Through Christian Eyes)

Description: An informal chat/conversation about the Lord of the Rings trilogy (book and movie). What does JRR Tolkien's MiddleEarth tell us about

- Where are we from?
- Why are we here?
- What is the problem?
- What is the solution?
- Where are we going?

Venue: City Discipleship Presbyterian Church (
Time: 2 pm
Date: 27 Feb 2005 (Sunday)

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

A Surprise Endorsement for Doctrine by John Piper

A Surprise Endorsement for Doctrine

Many are trying to unsderstand the reasons for the fall of American evangelicalism. McLaren has his theories, and so does Campolo - but I think the real answer has been so well presented here in this short letter from John Piper.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Survey Shows How Christians Share Their Faith

Survey Shows How Christians Share Their Faith

Since next up on the agora is evangelism and methods, here is some interesting data.