The Poet vs the Scientist: Part 1

(note: a version of this post first appeared on Orthodox Arts Journal) Anachronistic Lives One of my vivid recollections from my halcyon days in UC Berkeley was a class with a certain Dr. A. T. He was the quintessential absent-minded professor. Thick glasses, messy hair like he just got out of bed, unkempt mustache. He wore the same ratty sport coat every day. It had one pocket that was always just a…

Patriotism, Nationalism, and Cultural Renewal in our Time

Recently, in a lamentable amount of time lost while scrolling my Facebook feed, I ran across a post from a person whom I have been avoiding for a while. The reason being that this person’s politics make me angry (perhaps you can relate). Now, I try not to get involved in political debate on social media. It’s pointless and most often bad for all concerned. But this person’s comment was inspired by…

Two Ways of Writing Christian Fantasy

You might think we’re living in an age remarkable for its low level of culture and thought. People on all sides of every ideological coin focus on the negative. Doom and gloom prophecies (of vastly different styles) sound loudly on every digital crossroads. And yet, if you tune out the noise, you’ll see a lot of interesting things happening. One of them is a robust conversation about the role of the Christian…