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C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI | MercatorNet | April 6, 2017

C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI

| MercatorNet  |  April 6, 2017

C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI

C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI

A story of Lewis's time on the front lines
Jon Dykstra | Apr 6 2017 | comment 
War in the Wastelandby Douglas Elwood Bond
written for ages 15-18 | recommended
published in 2016 | Inkblots Press | 282 pages

“Second Lieutenant C.S. Lewis in the trenches of WWI” – if that doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will. War in the Wasteland is a novel about teenage Lewis’s time on the front lines of the First World War. At this point in his life, at just 19, Lewis is an atheist, and his hellish surroundings seem to confirm for him that there is no God.
When men are hunkered down in their trenches waiting through another enemy artillery barrage, there is a motivation to talk about life’s most important matters. Lewis’s fellow junior officer is a good debater, and won’t let Lewis’s atheistic thinking go unchallenged. Their dialogue is imagined – this is a fictionalized account – but the author pulls the points and counterpoints of their back and forth argument straight out of the books Lewis wrote after he turned from atheism and became one of the best known Christian apologists on the planet. 
War in the Wasteland comes to a solid and satisfying conclusion, which is a neat trick, consider that Lewis’s story of conversion is, at this point, very much incomplete. This would be great for older teens and adults who have an interest in history, World War I, apologetics, or C.S. Lewis. Bond has crafted something remarkable here.
Jon Dykstra blogs on books at ReallyGoodReads.com.
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April 6, 2017

The idea of "addiction" to new technology like gaming and social media is familiar, but there are some nuances to it that Heather Zeiger has highlighted in her two-part review of recent books on the subject. There's no doubt that the providers of these massively money-making online distractions (MMMODS) are setting out to get us and our kids hooked, so we have to be equally strategic about staying in control, and teaching kids to stay in control, of what they take from the internet. In the end it's about virtue -- something on which the Underground Thomist discourses today in relation to tolerance. 
Yesterday we ran a video about a decidedly intolerant trend among some students at Yale University (like others). Today we have a different, inspiring story about Yale -- or perhaps an inspiring story about a different Yale. It concerns the first quadraplegic to graduate from that university, "Edder" Bennett, who died recently at the age of 59. No languishing in  the shallows of protest for him, as you can read in Michael Cook's tribute.

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