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Aesthetics and Theology

More Appel selections, with a little Schlect and Wilson thrown in! Selected by Joshua Appel Augustine famously claimed that the virtues of pagan Rome were nothing more than splendid vices. This critique reinvented itself as a suspicion of acquired virtue as such, and true Christian virtue has, ever since, been set against a false, hypocritical…

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Soul and Spirit

To round off our Inklings month, I will be giving to the Interblags two selections from Owen Barfield, Lewis’ great friend. The Soul of the Past In the common words we use every day the souls of past races, the thoughts and feelings of individual men stand around us, not dead, but frozen into their…

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Some Appelian Selections

Everything featured this week was selected by the inimitable Pastor Appel.  Enjoy! A depraved conscience — not merely ignorant but willfully corrupt — is the most destructive force in political life. In an incisive reflection on politics and original sin, a relentlessly perceptive political philosopher demonstrates that modern ideologies all deny the fallen nature that…

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Whose Body?

Second installment of Inkling month!  Enjoy this opening excerpt from Dorothy Sayers’ Whose Body?, the first of her Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. Chapter 1 “Oh, damn!” said Lord Peter Wimsey at Piccadilly Circus.  “Hi, driver!” The taxi man, irritated at receiving this appeal while negotiating the intricacies of turning into Lower Regent Street across the…

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Beauty and Last Dose of Inklings

Selected by Doug Wilson Two of these essays have not been published before in Britain, and all of them had gone out of print before this new collection was made by Walter Hooper.  The title is taken from a paper which Lewis read to students in Cambridge in 1959, attacking theologians who “claim to see…

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War in Heaven

So here’s a new project I’d like to attempt – weekly excerpts from various books grouped around a monthly theme.  Woohoo!  I have appointed the remainder of April “Inklings Month,” given all the new Inklings material we have floating about; this week’s excerpt is the opening passage of Charles Williams’ War In Heaven, a contemporary…

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A New Aeneid (And Others)

Selected by Helen Howell “These pages must stand for what they are-a brief account of the history of that perverted way of the soul which we call magic, and with the reaction against it. No one will derive any knowledge of initiation from this book. I have not wished to titillate or to thrill; so…