The Scopes Trial

[styled_image size=”blog” align=”center” ]http://chinochurchofchrist.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blog-2012-06-29.jpg[/styled_image] Edward Larson won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Summer for the gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. The book is divided into three main parts. The first part traces the events that led up to the famous trial. The second part chronicles the…

On Monsters

[styled_image size=”blog” align=”center”]http://chinochurchofchrist.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blog-2012-06.jpg[/styled_image] J. R. R. Tolkien wrote two, now famous, essays. One is titled “On Fairy Stories” and the other by the title, “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” In the latter of these two essays he defends Beowulf’s author for the inclusion of monsters in his story. Verlyn Flieger, a professor of English at the…

Jesus and Beowulf

[styled_image size=”blog” align=”center” title=”Jesus and Beowulf” alt=”Jesus and Beowulf”]http://chinochurchofchrist.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/blog-jesusnbeowulf.jpg[/styled_image] Seamus Heaney provides this useful summary of Beowulf for his translation of the Old English classic: The poem was written in England but the events it describes are set in Scandinavia, in a “once upon a time” that is partly historical. Its hero, Beowulf, is the biggest presence…

Virtue and Happiness

[styled_image size=”blog” align=”center”]http://chinochurchofchrist.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/blog-virtuehappiness.jpg[/styled_image] The value of good literature is that it incarnates truth. Good books tell us the truth. Bad books lie, to echo the sentiments of Walker Percy. Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, initially titled First Impressions, is one such book that incarnates truth. It tells us the truth about the sort of things…