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  1. Saints and Superheroes

    October 9, 2015 1:20 pm Leave a Comment

    Why do we tell stories about superheroes? Maybe it’s the same reason we tell stories about saints. Stories of the saints, some based in fact and some shrouded in mystery, give us vivid examples of how virtue can overcome evil. St. George valiantly battling a dragon, St. Zita and the… Read more »

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  2. John Herreid


    March 26, 2015 5:35 pm 1 Comment

    The great novelist Graham Greene used to divide his work into “novels” and “entertainments”, with books such as The Power and the Glory falling into the former category and ones such as The Human Factor into the latter. To my mind, some of his “entertainments” are every bit as good… Read more »

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  3. John Herreid

    Fiction for Lent

    February 20, 2015 11:02 pm 6 Comments

    About ten or so years ago I decided to read through all of the short stories of Flannery O’Connor during Lent. In her exploration of many of the darker aspects of humanity, I found a great deal to meditate upon. It made for one of the most fruitful Lenten seasons… Read more »

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  4. John Herreid

    Shades of Reality

    February 4, 2015 12:28 pm Leave a Comment

    One of the weaknesses of Christians when it comes to being challenged by trashy media is that they often spring to creating “alternatives”—generally works on the same theme or in the same mode as the garbage being counteracted, but with a Christian gloss. These works are almost always bad, ham-fisted,… Read more »

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