Are the Gospel Stories a Myth?

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.” When they say “myth” what they mean is “fairy tale” or “silly story everyone knows is untrue.” They use the term “myth” to indicate a funny story about gods and goddesses that simple people made up long ago. When they say “myth” what they really […]

Daily Catholic Quote from G. K. Chesterton

“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”  (G. K. Chesterton) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts […]

The Finding Ring

"The Last Ring of Power" (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

“So, you see, my greatest desire is to continue on the path laid before me, and to discover what I can and to protect those I may. That is my own heart’s deepest desire, and it is only one’s deepest desires that the ring stirs. So, you see, it can have little effect on me.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ […]

An Ode to Glamour

Artwork © by Jef Murray

“Far over the Misty Mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, ere break of day, To seek our pale enchanted gold.” The poem and song echo through my mind this week. It is a fact that I never heard a melody setting for Tolkien’s original poem that truly fit it; that is, until Howard Shore’s recent […]

The Case of the Plugged Painting: A Sam Newbuck Mystery

Artwork © by Jef Murray

I was sitting at my easel, working out how the light should fall on my latest painting of Great Smials, when all of a sudden, I heard a gunshot. Since I live on the seedy side of New Bree, I normally wouldn’t have paid it any attention; but this time the bullet ripped right through my canvas. “Damned orcs,” I muttered as I pulled out my .357. My name’s Newbuck: Sam Newbuck. […]

Alatar Speaks

“It is true that the Hobbits were the first to put pipeweed into a pipe and set fire to it,” said the old man. “But, it is also true that I was the first to make the latter step unnecessary.” Alatar drew gently on the odd device in his hand and blew several smoke rings, each of which neatly threaded […]

The Fall of Atlan

Armenelos the Golden Artwork © by Jef Murray

Brother Aran, Charles, and Azarias spent midsummer’s eve touring the piazzas and avenues surrounding the Benedictine monastery. Brother Aran played tour guide, pointing out the many ancient and ofttimes cryptic pre-Roman structures that poked capitals and arches up through the veneer of shops, restaurants, and business suites. Charles and Azarias made full use of the monk’s expertise, prying him with […]

Love Sees with New Eyes

When Jesus threw open his arms on the cross, he said, in effect: “See? That’s how much I love you.” There is a dimension of truth which most of us have tragically lost and need to recover, a dimension that cannot be put into words and sentences, though words and sentences can be used to suggest it. All premodern societies […]