Category: fantasy and religion

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

Magic Realism and Fantasy Literature

Magical Realism is a form of fantasy literature that produces stories in which fantastic things happen, often unexpectedly, in the midst of realistic everyday settings and events. These marvelous occurrences may be quite mysterious and capricious. In these stories, magic is more likely to act as an independent force rather than a tool used by the story’s characters.

The Feast of Fools – On Festivity and Fantasy

In a fascinating, slim volume, The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy, Harvey Cox, a Professor of Divinity teaching at Harvard fr0m the mid-1960s…

Harry Potter, Magic, and Moral Caution

Is Harry Potter a decent person? Okay, we all know that the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has been the subject of Christian concern, some criticism, and…

Six Questions of Story – His Dark Materials

Here are Six Questions of Story that occur to me, prompted by the controversy raised in some circles by Philip Pullman‘s series, His Dark Materials (with my own…

The Logic of Fantasy – Chesterton, Part 2

“The Ethics of Elfland” is a chapter from Orthodoxy, (1908) by G.K. Chesterton. As I mentioned in the first part of this two-part post, he describes two core…

The Logic of Fantasy – Chesterton, Part 1

“The Ethics of Elfland” is a chapter from Orthodoxy, (1908) by G.K. Chesterton. As Amazon.com notes in a review: If G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is,…