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The Other Side of Normal

“Fearlessness is better than a faint heart for any man who puts his nose out of doors. The length of my life and the day of my death were fated long ago.”1—I read these lines in the Norse epic poem For Skirnis as a child and have remembered them often since. I steeped myself in Norse and Celtic mythologies, and I remain impressed by the fierceness of those warriors whose legendary tales forged cultures. I always wanted to ride out, meet the enemy, slay the dragon. Well,... Read More

Extrapolations

Long grass sways pine branches swing cumulus clouds race across the sky Imagine we see more than these things even the wind itself Imagine our love is more than a grimy reflection of something greater Dust swirls in a sunbeam Imagine we see more even the light itself Imagine our analogies & extrapolations are more than somewhat like that Notes Click the image below to purchase D. S. Martin’s book from Amazon.com and help support The Other Journal.  Read More

To Know, to Utter, and to Become: Movements toward the Beautiful in the Theology of Charles Williams

In his book The Art of the Icon: A Theology of Beauty, Paul Evdokimov compares the Creator God to a divine poet who brings the world into being from nothingness, each creative act summed up with these words, “[H]e saw that it was beautiful.” Evdokimov contends that in the Greek text, the word used for what God sees is kalon (beautiful) and not agathon (good),1 and the word used in the Hebrew text can sustain both meanings simultaneously. What God has created, he has made... Read More

Dark Matter: Reading Philip Pullman in Metro Manila atomization, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, the golden compass, c.s. lewis, j.r.r tolkien, Lyra’s Oxford,The Book of Dust

Taho is a kind of watery yogurt made from bean curd. That didn’t sound good to me, but my wife’s eyes went wide when she heard the vendor calling. It’s a favorite with Filipino children, and she’d left Manila when she was eight. The vendor was carrying two big buckets on a yoke across his shoulders, with the bean curd in one bucket and water in the other. He mixed them together in a plastic cup, and we paid him a few cents. The watery curd looked unappetizing,... Read More

Dark Matter: Reading Philip Pullman in Metro Manila

Taho is a kind of watery yogurt made from bean curd. That didn’t sound good to me, but my wife’s eyes went wide when she heard the vendor calling. It’s a favorite with Filipino children, and she’d left Manila when she was eight. The vendor was carrying two big buckets on a yoke across his shoulders, with the bean curd in one bucket and water in the other. He mixed them together in a plastic cup, and we paid him a few cents. The watery curd looked unappetizing,... Read More

Of Reepicheep and Mickey

Now to him who able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. –Ephesians 3:20, 21 Story and Imagination Now that the Disney Corporation and Walden Media have teamed up to produce and distribute the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, it seemed time for me to muse publicly on this most awkward of partnerships.... Read More