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Aslan Will Provide

When reading Katherine Langrish’s reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia while having the theme of civilization on my mind, I thought about how Narnia is considerably more anti-civilization than Oz, even if I don’t recall the word being used (which … Continue reading

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The Simple Life

Something I’ve been looking into recently is the idea that the book of Genesis has, at least in parts, a bias against civilization. I don’t mean so much in the sense of polite behavior, but as in the more historical … Continue reading

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Take Out the Tash

While The Last Battle might well be the weakest book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, I was always struck by the appearance of Tash, the bloodthirsty god of Calormen. This nation, located to the south of Narnia, is largely … Continue reading

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Armenia, City in the Sky

I can’t say as I know a whole lot about Armenia, but my Wikipedia e-mail for today mentioned that today is the 4505th anniversary of the traditional date of its founding. Mind you, I don’t think there’s any first-hand evidence … Continue reading

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Babylon Bound

A book I recently read, Diana Wynne Jones’s Deep Secret, makes heavy use of a nursery rhyme that’s apparently quite common in the United Kingdom, and dates back to at least the nineteenth century. The rhyme is as follows: How … Continue reading

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All Right, THIS Time for Sure!

It’s weird when people insist that we’re living in the End Times because of evidence in the Bible, when I think reading the Bible is a good indication that this is a false alarm. Biblical prophets have been predicting that … Continue reading

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Rasta Row the Boat Ashore

In my series of religion posts, I’ve been examining different religions, explaining what I know about them and trying to find out more. I’m running out of major religions to cover, but here’s another one from the twentieth century: Rastafarianism. … Continue reading

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