Films & music, Recommended books

Recreating Narnia: an open letter to Netflix

Dear Netflix, Congratulations on acquiring the rights to The Chronicles of Narnia. I am writing to share five thoughts on what Netflix needs to bear in mind to make the series a success. I cannot claim to know anything about producing films or TV series. But I do know about Narnia. Like millions of others, the… Continue reading Recreating Narnia: an open letter to Netflix

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

Re-discovering Narnia and rinsing out stale thinking about Christianity

I grew up in a Christian home as the son of a vicar. In retrospect it gave me loads of things that I am grateful for, but in many ways I disliked being the ‘vicar’s son’ in a large church. People treated you differently: Sunday school teachers really did say things like ‘I would have expected… Continue reading Re-discovering Narnia and rinsing out stale thinking about Christianity

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C.S. Lewis and the importance of unfashionable opinions

I have just finished reading C.S. Lewis: A Life. Eccentric Genius. Reluctant Prophet by Alistair McGrath. It is a brilliant book. McGrath writes as someone who truly understands the Oxbridge academic world in which Lewis spent his entire working life.  As research, he re-read everything that Lewis wrote in his lifetime in chronological order. It was time… Continue reading C.S. Lewis and the importance of unfashionable opinions

Social commentary

The day they died: JFK, Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis on life, liberty & sainthood

JFK, Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis have all had a significant impact on my life and all died on the same day 50 years ago next week- 22 November 1963. Coincidentally, it's also St. Cecilia's day - the patron saint of music. Brave New World I read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley in my… Continue reading The day they died: JFK, Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis on life, liberty & sainthood

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The Fifty Shades of Christian Fiction: ‘Cross Roads’ by Wm Paul Young [review]

What has Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, got in common with EL James, author of record breaking series Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, for a start they have both sold millions of books. But also, both writers have catapulted a relatively marginal genre of literature, namely erotica and Christian fiction, into the global… Continue reading The Fifty Shades of Christian Fiction: ‘Cross Roads’ by Wm Paul Young [review]

Ethics & Christian living

The best thing I did last summer – Lee Abbey Camp 2012

It was a great summer: the Jubilee, the London Olympics and my 40th birthday. The weather was not great but our family holiday in Costa Del Kent coincided with the hottest week of the year and my birthday picnic was only slightly dampened by a torrential downpour… But for me, the best week of the year… Continue reading The best thing I did last summer – Lee Abbey Camp 2012

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‘The Lion’s World: A journey into the heart of Narnia’ by Rowan Williams [Review]

Have you ever experienced that feeling when you only start to appreciate someone at work or at church when they announce they are leaving? I have been thinking this about Rowan Williams, who earlier this year announced he would be retiring as Archbishop of Canterbury. Despite his clear intellectual and spiritual gifts, I have referred… Continue reading ‘The Lion’s World: A journey into the heart of Narnia’ by Rowan Williams [Review]