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Another post-Barthian Thomist Midwesterner growing weary of irony and exhausted by delusions of ability. Paradoxically, though, that's only fueled my passion to point up and commend every fantasticity strewn throughout the 'verse by the One who does all things well. Can you dig it?

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    The Straight Road Out of a Buried World

    The Straight Road Out of a Buried World

    November 11 came and went as unexceptionally as any Sunday ever does, a day living under the permanent shadow of Monday, almost exclusively spent hoping against hope to recuperate before the work week resumes. Most Sundays, however, don’t mark one hundred years since the armistice that halted the First World War and gave the day […]

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 3

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 3

    Find the other installments in “Fear and the Reality of Horror” here: Part 1 and Part 2. The perpetual complication that hinders the attempt to understand evil is that of isolating what exactly evil is in its being. In many ways it seems as plain as the meaning of time: immediately intuited as a resource […]

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 2

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 2

    How does horror move from awareness of the actual world in which we live (as described in Part 1) to apprehension of the gospel? Horror brings into focus what it is that we should be afraid of, often by emphasizing the identities we construct from our fears or showcasing the absurdity of our attempts to suppress […]

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 1

    Fear and the Reality of Horror, Part 1

    Is there a place for fear in Christianity? And if there is, what value does the horror genre bring to the Christian life? To answer these questions we must uncover what sort of world it is we inhabit, and we mustn’t be too hasty in presuming to already know. For if the world is a […]

    New Blackened Dawn Approaching: Deafheaven as a Mirror in the Darkness

    New Blackened Dawn Approaching: Deafheaven as a Mirror in the Darkness

    There’s something deliciously ironic in the fact that a blisteringly hot summer such as this one should serve as a portal for bone-chillingly cold black metal in the form of a new Deafheaven LP. But yea verily, the underworld doth cackle at the fittingness of said album launching on Friday the 13th. Swirling within this […]

    Titanic Wills and the Gauntlet of Sacrifice

    Titanic Wills and the Gauntlet of Sacrifice

    Spoilers ahead. Consider yourself warned. For ten years now Marvel has been patiently building a universe, populating it with heroes and heroines equal parts human and super-powered, propelling all of them towards a titanomachy we imagined they could be prepared for but in reality are largely powerless against. Avengers: Infinity War offers our protagonists (and, […]

    If Only In My Dreams

    If Only In My Dreams

    I love Christmas music. I say that fully aware of the considerable aesthetic shortcomings that this love means I must endure, and yet every year as dusk falls upon Thanksgiving Day, I tune in like a character in a Lou Reed song waiting for their man. I find it easy to overlook the saccharine sweetness […]

    The Failure of the Prequels and the Fidelity of Creators

    The Failure of the Prequels and the Fidelity of Creators

    The release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has sent shockwaves of emotional heft throughout known space. Scores of Simeons awaiting the consolation of geekdom have found it in this latest installment, a truly surprising tour-de-force that delivers a similar blend of space opera wonder and classical tragedy the justly revered Empire Strikes […]

    Every Tear That Falls Must Converge: A Review of The Dusk In Us

    Every Tear That Falls Must Converge: A Review of The Dusk In Us

    After five long years, hardcore legends Converge are back. Their first album since 2012’s All We Love We Leave Behind, The Dusk In Us is an aptly titled exploration of the hurts and promises latent within a world receding from the light. And while Converge have matured with this album, that maturation in no way […]

    He Descended Into Horror

    He Descended Into Horror

    The approach of Halloween and Reformation Day begs an interesting question for the modern Tertullian: what hath Halloween to do with Jerusalem? As a rhetorical move, the implied answer is: nothing at all. In the eyes of many a pious Protestant, it is some rough beast that slouches off towards Halloween while soldiers of the […]

    In This Hope We Rebel: <i>Rogue One</i>, An Advent Story

    In This Hope We Rebel: Rogue One, An Advent Story

    Everybody!! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivers magnificently on the promise Star Wars fans have known still lurked within the franchise but struggled to manifest over the last seventeen years of films. Yes, I’m hyperventilating a little–but so will you. Rogue One is so excellent it would be easy to drown the internet in superlatives […]

    Halloween Is For All the Saints

    Halloween Is For All the Saints

    Do I love Halloween because I love darkness? That’s a trick question, albeit an unintentional one. Do I love darkness? Yes. Every son and daughter of Adam loves darkness, John records for us in the light of Nicodemus’ bumbling nighttime interview with Jesus. Our inheritance as a race is a disavowal of the light and […]