Zach Kincaid

Reading Expands Us

  • May 31, 2018
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In An Experiment in Criticism Lewis says this: “Each of us by nature sees the whole world from one point of view with a perspective and a selectiveness peculiar to himself.” Reading well helps us to step outside our own naveled gaze and into a different point of view. “We want to see …

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A Reading Life

  • May 11, 2018
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Lewis has a good deal to say about reading. We might think he provides advice on reading high-minded books, ones that perhaps Oxford dons leisurely read and the rest of the population labor to enjoy, let alone comprehend. It isn’t true. While Lewis was a ferocious reader ever since his …

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What Are You Eating?

  • Apr 30, 2018
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Edmund is tempted by sweet treats in the Narnia tales. The temptation, though childish, lures him into evil. This idea of gratification of appetite is poignant. Wormwood in “The Screwtape Letters” says that humans are “primarily food” to Satan, “the absorption of its [the human] will into ours, the increase …

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Lewis and the Bible: New and Old Testaments

  • Apr 16, 2018
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We know C.S. Lewis has a high opinion of the Bible. What is less cited are specific references that Lewis calls out in poetic and theological language, through his stories, his essays, and most certainly his letters. In a series of entries simply titled “Lewis and the Bible”, I hope …

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Resurrection and Reversal

  • Mar 30, 2018
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Resurrection is a subject that is central to the Christian narrative. Lewis addresses the idea of resurrection in his stories (Aslan and Eustace come to mind, for example), in his theological works, and in his letters. Here, I want to point out several occasions where Lewis discusses resurrection with hopes …

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All Shall Be Well

  • Mar 16, 2018
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In a letter to his good friend Owen Barfield, dated June 2, 1940, Lewis invokes Julian of Norwich (1342-1416). Julian is a Christian mystic known for her 16 visions that she recorded in Revelations of Divine Love. From Norfolk, England, she is credited with the first book written by a woman in …

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The Difference Between Two Kinds of Nearness

  • Feb 26, 2018
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In the beginning paragraphs of The Four Loves, Lewis provides a good distinction between nearness by likeness and nearness by approach when it comes to our relationship with God. On the one hand, we are near to God because we are all made in his image. He gives us life and our …

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Point of View for Lent

  • Feb 19, 2018
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As many of you certainly know, Lent is the 40-day pilgrimage that Christians take every year as they look to Easter. Last week it was introduced by the solemn reminder that we are dust (and to dust we will return) on Ash Wednesday. Our breath and being are animated by …

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Moving Into Lent

  • Jan 31, 2018
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Lent begins on Feb. 14, the 40 days that take us to Easter. It seems to always sneak up and want more of us than we ever gave during Advent. I suppose that makes sense. We are, as you know, walking with Jesus to Jerusalem to see him suffer and …

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Language and the Meaning of Words

  • Jan 26, 2018
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In several places, Lewis talks about language and our intentions with the words we use. I hope to cite a few of these occasions in the coming months. Let’s start with two ways words die.

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