Review: One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter Rima Devereaux

  One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter by Greg Garrett (Waco: Baylor University Press; London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010), 160 pp, ISBN (DLT edition): 978 0 232 52839 8, £10.99 ‘The story Joanne Rowling wrote makes me want to be a better person’, Garrett proclaims at the beginning of the book. His take on this major literary and filmic fantasy phenomenon of the last decade or so is an exploration of why this should be the case. Garrett invites comparison between JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien or CS Lewis. For the Christian reader, perhaps the main implication of this...
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Reviews of a couple of great films

  The King’s Speech Director: Tom HooperStarring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Guy Pearce, Timothy SpallUK Release date: 7 January 2011Certificate: 12A (118 mins)   The King’s Speech begins with preparations for the broadcast of the closing ceremony of the British Empire Exhibition of 1925 at Wembley Stadium. Wireless, we are told, has changed the world. King George V has addressed his subjects in their own homes. They have heard the Prince of Wales, and now they will hear the Duke of...
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Stop Looking for God

  My Spiritual Journeychanged dramaticallywhen I stopped looking for God. I had been acting as ifGod were hiding out,almost impossible to find,either beyond the cosmosor deep within me. My Spiritual Journeychanged dramaticallywhen I realized thatGod was looking for me,the True me,and I needed to come out from hiding. When I began to picture myselfthrough God’s eyesat my lost or hidden Self,I discovered the Divine Joyat my Awakening,my True Self coming out of hiding. My life became less anguished,more trusting,when I simply let God seemy True Self bloom.I sensed a Divine Smileas I no longer...
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The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just War Theory by Daniel C Maguire, Fortress Press, Minneapolia, 2007, 100 pp. reviewed by Theo Dillon

  Dan Maguire, the moral theologian who consistently writes cogent, arresting and well reasoned ethical positions has taken on  the Just War theory and in my judgment prevailed. The Just War theory with a long run in Catholic moral reasoning has always been problematic for the simple reason that its is in no way congruent with the consistent ethical prohibition of Jesus against war and violence. It grew out of Christianity’s accommodation with the Roman empire under Constantine. Written in the ugly afterflow of the Bush-Blair “immoral, unjust” war against Iraq (the...
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Martin Luther King, Jr: a glimpse of the face of God

  January 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day At its best, life is a confusing complex of truths in tension. What work demands of us often diminishes home life. What governments call legal, the church sometimes calls immoral. What conscience requires, the world regularly calls foolish. What was once called absolute by many is now seen as meaningless by most. What is the path through such uncertainties? Where is the pool in such cross currents? How do we chart a way through places we have never been before? At times like that, there is only one sure place to turn. In times of uncertainty and stress...
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