“Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.” I, like many other young kids back in the day, sang this song plenty of times during Sunday school. It’s a basic truth of Christianity: God loves me, and that’s why He sent Jesus to die. “For God so loved the world,” and all. But in […]Read more "The Love of God"
Dystopian fiction is in. Shows, books, and movies conjure up hellish futures in which humanity is dead or dying and things haven’t looked so bad since the Ice Age. I’m not a fan in general of dystopian work, but I thought I’d read the classic novel 1984 by George Orwell. As I trudged through the book, I […]Read more "Is the Future Present from “1984”?"
When considering what made the Roman Empire fall, you may run up against a plethora of theories. Generally, it seems internal discord and a weakened military heavily contributed. It didn’t help that the “barbarians”, that is, the Goths, were roaming the borders and making raids until they finally invaded in force. The fattened Roman Empire wasn’t […]Read more "Barbarians at the Borders"
Every now and then I stumble upon a depressing song that grips me in some way, drawing me to like it enough to acquire it. The tune sort of becomes a reminder of what not to do with my life, something to avoid. One such song is “Stone” by Adam Again. The song was written […]Read more "I Gotta Get Up Early"
Happy Plethora Day weekend! April 18th is Plethora Day, the day the events in Plethora take place. Here’s a special post to commemorate the weekend. Also, there is something free at the end of this entry! When I started on Plethora, my fictional writing experience had been goofy mystery stories. As I sat down wanting to write […]Read more "“Plethora” and the Value of Fantasy"
The big emphasis in fiction these days is realism. Take any story and make it as realistic as possible. This often turns out to mean, “make it dark and gritty.” An example of this would be the recently released movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Over ten years ago, Batman got a gritty reboot in Batman […]Read more "Re-evaluating Realism in Fiction"
In 1910, G.K. Chesterton introduced an amateur detective who was also a Catholic priest named Father Brown. Unlike Sherlock Holmes, who used deductive reasoning and science to solve mysteries, Father Brown used rational thought and intuition into the human heart to unravel baffling crimes. In most of his stories, the setting is either a quaint […]Read more "Father Brown and the Absurdity of Truth"