Black Bards

Today I’m going to talk about a lighter topic. Well, sort of. It’s still not Lewis, but one I think he’d find interesting. I love Black poetry. I put it that way on purpose – not just poetry by African Americans, necessarily. But the poetry of freedom – it is so powerful and gritty and […]

High and Low Brows, part 2: or God, Me, and Agatha Christie

I looked last week at Lewis’s article ‘High Brows and Low Brows’. Thinking of those ideas led to some natural applications I want to talk about today.   First, and most briefly, the Bible. Definitely difficult literature, at least today. I think that idea of simple and difficult literature somewhat explains the ‘foolishness’ of preaching. Any […]

High and Low Brows, Part 1

Reading through Lewis’s essays is always interesting, and the other day I came across one I love! It’s called ‘High and Low Brows’, and it explores the dichotomy between Good, Great, or Classical Books (type B in the essay, or highbrows) and Popular Books (type A, or lowbrows). His goal is to find out where, […]

Lewis vs. Milton: Rule and Subjection Before the Fall

As I’m reading Paradise Lost and thinking about its relation to the Ransom Trilogy, one thing I’ve been struck by is that Milton puts Eve clearly in submission to Adam from the beginning, before the fall. Here’s part of the initial introduction to the pair.                                            Though both Not equal, as their sex not equal seem’d; […]