I briefly need to share some illuminating videos I have come across on Owen Barfield, a member of the Inklings, though not as celebrated or recognized, perhaps, as JRR Tolkien or CS Lewis. This is unfortunate in a way, Lewis once said of Barfield he was a friend “who challenge[s] and prod[s] one to a new understanding,” and who “could not speak on any subject without illuminating it.” G.B. Tennyson, a longtime friend of Barfield, and Malcolm Guite, poet, priest and teacher at the University of Cambridge, offer insightful commentary into Barfield’s work, which include treatises on Poetry, the Imagination, Meaning, and Language.
This is pretty amazing. I LOVE this kind of random stuff, especially when it is so uplifting…
The great Christian apologist, author, and scholar of the 20th Century passed away 47 years ago today. While I was studying at Oxford, I took an opportunity to go to the Kilns, Lewis’ home just outside Oxford, and then visit his grave at Holy Trinity Church. I recorded my thoughts while I was there:
I’m currently addicted at the moment to this little tune by Brooke Fraser. Mix up a bit of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecelia,” at a bit more of the Beatles “Yellow Submarine,” and a dash of country, and press repeat often:
Given that Voyage of the Dawn Treader is less than a month away, I think it worthwhile to look behind the text to the author. There’s no better way of doing this than a peek of the author in action. C.S. Lewis may have died over 40 years ago, but David Payne of David Payne Drama gives a remarkable performance as the intrepid Oxford don, Christian apologist, and venerated author of the Chronicles of Narnia. Click on the link to check out the full show:
With all the ridiculous self-serving shock over Stephen Colbert’s appearance at Congress, I think it’s time to pull the focus to a moment the media and our politicians, bless their self-righteous and pretentious hearts, seem to overlook in their coverage:
After many months of waiting, the Voyage of the Dawn Treader is now available for everyone to see! Check it out! Thanks to Narniaweb for the midnight posting! What a great thing to wake up and see this morning!
The Last Anchorite, a documentary by Remigiusz Sowa, focuses on Father Lazarus, a Coptic monk living at St. Anthony of the Desert Monastery in Egypt. An Australian, former university professor, atheist, and Marxist, F. Lazarus left his comfortable life in his homeland to seek God in the Desert.
I have come across more than a few commentaries on the need for community in the church, and what that entails, for good or bad. Rarer still is the commentary on being alone with God, and riches possible in a solitary life. Not all are called to live as monks, but for those who are, we as the body of Christ should be more than willing to hear of their experiences and insight. We use the term “monk” or “nun,” to describe these men and women, but above all they are Christian, and followers, to the fullest extent, of the Way.