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C.s.lewis3Today marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’ death. In the half a century since his passing, Lewis’ keen ability to join what is assumed incompatible (reason and imagination) remains largely unmatched.

Michael Ward, in his Christianity Today article on Lewis, elaborates on the power of Lewis’ approach:

In Christ, poetry and philosophy have met together. Meaning and truth have kissed. C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.

As Ward explains, since the Enlightenment of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries we’ve been told of the supposed dichotomy between reason and imagination. (more…)

photoIn case you missed it, last week the world’s nerds were drawn to San Diego like metal to Magneto for the city’s international Comic-Con. I, too, made the annual trek to nerd mecca to get my fandom on. While the reveals (read: announcements) from the Warner Brothers and Marvel panels were spaz worthy, there’s certainly more to do at a con than just scream at screens.

The long lines provide ample time for attendees to spark up conversation with fellow fan boys and girls. (more…)

Oscar Statuettes On Display At Chicago Museum Of Science & IndustryCinephiles everywhere will salivate this Sunday as they tune in to watch the 85th Academy Awards. Part of the fun for viewers is picking a winner worthy of a tiny golden man.

While we here at RTB might never win an Oscar for feature-film endeavors, we do have a few new podcast features to offer for your consideration.

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Have you been following Take Two’s list of things we’re thankful for this year? Family, friends, and God’s faithful provision are obvious bringers of gratitude. Our list, however, includes lesser-known objects—meat-loving critters and the big bang, to name a few. Here we add two more to our odd collection of things for which we’re thankful this and every year. (more…)

Earlier this week, RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples invited me, Sandra, and other RTB staffers to participate in a recording of his podcast, Straight Thinking. The discussion focused on Harry Potter and Christians’ response to this spectacularly popular fantasy franchise. The podcast won’t air for another two months or so, but I love the subject of fantasy literature and film so much I can’t resist writing about it here on Take Two.

The fantasy genre occasionally causes some unease among Christians. (more…)

It’s a peculiar thing to be surrounded by people and feel all alone. Yet such was my predicament last week. With a few hours to spare before IAM’s Encounter 11 began, I wandered, in solitude, the streets of Tribeca. The city’s pace and air brisk, as I, shivery and slow, sought adventure in this foreign land. (more…)

**Spoiler Alert**

Chance or choice? Fate or free will? Which is it?

This oft-debated question gets top billing in the upcoming sci-fi/thriller The Adjustment Bureau (release date March 4), and moviegoers will leave theatres not only mulling over where they parked but if that parking spot were predetermined for them. (more…)

What were you born to do? I posted that question on Twitter earlier this week. The responses I received varied, with people claiming they were born to teach, protect, and even hit others. (The latter was my favorite, just because it was funny.) (more…)

Most writers are probably familiar with the saying “Writing is easy … just open a vein.” We pour passion into our words. And once pen hits paper, our vulnerable selves are open to critique. Sometimes the response is harsh, à la “Nobody reads your blog.” Other times the response is constructive, like “This would work better if…” The latter is what we always hope to hear, but it doesn’t often work out that way—especially when those words are on the Internet. (Anonymity has a way of breeding cruelty, does it not?) (more…)

Eager students lingered on the dimly lit dance floor waiting for their next cue. “Please take a partner for tango,” the teacher instructed. I snuck over to the water cooler to quench my desire to remain unnoticed. But my clever efforts were thwarted by an ambitious and thirsty dancer. (more…)

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