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A Sort Of Wizards Duel

This week some of my students will start to read C. S. Lewis’s “The Weight of Glory.”  Every year I read it with my students, I seem to find something new or just askew enough to strike me deeply.  The … Continue reading

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Up Through the First Joke

From The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis: The Lion, whose eyes never blinked, stared at the animals as hard as if he was going to burn them up with his mere stare.  And gradually a change came over them.  The smaller … Continue reading

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The Professional Necessity of Others

From Matthew B. Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head: For experiences to become part of the secure, sedimented foundation of a skill, they must be criticized.  Otherwise people (and the resources of language) are indispensable.  Without them, your experiences are … Continue reading

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Having Your Attention (and eating it, too?)

Yesterday’s classic Calvin and Hobbes also reminded me of something Andy Crouch recently said about technology and the attention our screens demand from us (connected to Calvin and his appliances).  From “Small Screens, Big World”: Our screens, increasingly, pay a … Continue reading

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Life as It Buffers

From Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (upon seeing the dreaded swirling circle on his computer screen): But on this thought’s outer reaches lay a much less reassuring counter-thought: what if it were just a circle spinning on my screen, and nothing … Continue reading

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In But Not Of, Teaching and Learning Edition

Reading Alan Jacobs’ biography of C. S. Lewis, I couldn’t help but imagine what it must have been like to listen to the man lecture.  Then I couldn’t help but remember how far most academic institutions have moved from a … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Temporal and Eternal Things

From Augustine’s On Christian Teaching: So there are these three things which all knowledge and prophecy serve: faith, hope, and love.  But faith will be replaced by the sight of visible reality, and hope by the real happiness which we shall … Continue reading

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