Default Paradise

Default Paradise

W.H. Auden says, “All the judgments, aesthetic or moral, that we pass, however objective we try to make them, are in part a rationalization and in part a corrective discipline of our subjective wishes.” It is therefore incumbent on critics, maintains Auden, to spell...
The Origins of Halloween and Allhallowtide

The Origins of Halloween and Allhallowtide

Christians have always had an odd relationship with Death. Throughout history, people have feared death and used prayers, magical spells, and amulets to delay its coming. Alchemists attempted to achieve immortality through their studies.1 People feared what happened...
The Uniqueness of the Bible

The Uniqueness of the Bible

The world delights in criticizing the Bible, seeking to find fault with it in any way possible. But when we address these complaints, we find them to be groundless. Examining the Bible for ourselves reveals a book that is not only a beautifully written unique...
Women in the Bible and in Media

Women in the Bible and in Media

How does the representation of Eve in the Bible affect the portrayal of women in contemporary media? I was recently asked this question via email, and it is an important one to discuss due to the amount of media we consume on a daily basis. We must guard against...
The Uniqueness of the Bible

Cultivating Character

The book of Proverbs contains wisdom for every aspect of life, and much of it is countercultural. You will either judge Scripture according to your culture, or you will judge your culture according to Scripture. We are immersed in chaos in our culture in many ways....