The Sacred Breath: “Two Becoming One” in The Gospel of Philip and The Gospel of Matthew

When it comes to discussions surrounding the enigmatic figure of Mary Magdalene in the Western consciousness, Cynthia Bourgeault’s book on Mary and her role in the ministry of Jesus Continue reading “The Sacred Breath: “Two Becoming One” in The Gospel of Philip and The Gospel of Matthew”

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Sheepfolds, Palaces, and Leprechauns: A Rebuttal of Curran’s History of Fairies and Religion

In his book, The Truth About Leprechauns, Bob Curran collects and organizes all the extant knowledge we have on these small creatures in fascinating detail. Continue reading “Sheepfolds, Palaces, and Leprechauns: A Rebuttal of Curran’s History of Fairies and Religion”

“Mars is Bright Tonight”: Centaur Prophesy in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

When we first meet Rowling’s centaurs in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, they seem to be a strange breed of magical creature: aloof and forlorn, as if living in a different reality. Continue reading ““Mars is Bright Tonight”: Centaur Prophesy in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter”

Guilty Responsibility: Fear, Evil, and Monsters in The Village

In M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village, opens on an old-world town in a beautiful valley, where villagers live at peace and in harmony with each other, share large, corporate meals, and where the most tragic news is the un-returned love of a young woman infatuated with a boy. Continue reading “Guilty Responsibility: Fear, Evil, and Monsters in The Village”

Dreams and Prophecies in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter is a rich and diverse universe overlaid with our own, where witches and wizards conduct their lives and business just out of sight of the non-wizarding world, trying as best they can not to mix the two worlds. Continue reading “Dreams and Prophecies in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter”

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and “The Great Fog”

When one conjures up images of the great saints of the church, these holy people are often viewed as somehow mystically linked to God, a different breed of human who possess great faith and understanding of the spiritual realm. Continue reading “Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and “The Great Fog””

Embracing Destruction for the Love of a Wayward Son: Narcissa Malfoy’s Subversive Victory

In the world of Harry Potter, Lilly Potter reigns as a kind of patron saint to the powerful magic of love. Continue reading “Embracing Destruction for the Love of a Wayward Son: Narcissa Malfoy’s Subversive Victory”