Category: Fiction

The Prophet of Scripture and the Wizard of Fantasy: Part I: Archetypes and Myths

Archetypes In her book, Awakening the Heroes Within, Carol S. Pearson discusses twelve archetypes. According to psychologist Carl Jung, an archetype is a symbol or motif that is repeatedly represented in mythology, art and literature. In all forms of storytelling we see universal characters and situations that are unrelated, yet they share many of the ...

Planetary Peregrinations: CS Lewis’ Space Trilogy: Out of Silent Planet

Growing up I had those glow-in-the-dark planet decals attached to the ceiling of my bedroom. Space exploration and the study of astronomy always fascinated me and still grips my attention. As a kid, I even made sure my planet decals were proportionately spaced from the sun [the light in the center of my bedroom ceiling] ...

Finnian and the Seven Mountains #2: The Great Adventure Continues

In my post about Issue #1 of Finnian and the Seven Mountains, I talked about how important it is for Catholics to engage the culture through storytelling. It is through Catholic (universal and human) themes, that we can communicate with our neighbors and participate in our communities in interesting and creative ways. Mr. Kosloski continues ...

Gandalf’s Baptism in the Bowels of Moria

One of the greatest scenes in The Lord of the Rings is Gandalf’s battle with the Balrog. Whenever I watch it or read it, I cannot help but think of the Fellowship’s “plunge” into the darkness of Moria and return to daylight as a sort of baptism for the entire group, especially Gandalf the Grey. ...

What if…David Versus Goliath

The Bible is full of interesting details which can be easily overlooked. One such example is in the story of David and Goliath, which appears in 1 Samuel 17:1–54. Saul, who is the King of Israel, gives his armor coat, bronze helmet, and sword to young David who has volunteered to fight Goliath. The giant ...

Finnan and the Seven Mountains: A Catholic Story for the New Evangelization

I once read a book that said whoever tells and lives the best stories will rule the future. That book did not take into account Divine Providence and God's Grace, but the statement bears truth nevertheless. Media (TV, Internet, movies, books, etc.) is dominated by the secular world, but people are looking for more than ...