Author: Burrows

  • On Personhood and Love

    On Personhood and Love

    Professor Haldane himself illustrates the present state of mind very well. He thinks that if one were inventing a language for ‘sinless beings who loved their neighbors as themselves’ it would be appropriate to have no words for ‘my’, ‘I’, and ‘other personal pronouns and inflexions’. In other words he sees no difference between two…

  • Solemn Pleasure of the Imagination

    I am not sure that anyone has satisfactorily explained the keen, lasting, and solemn pleasure which such stories can give. Jung, who went furthest, seems to me to produce as his explanation one more myth which affects us in the same way as the rest. Surely the analysis of water should not itself be wet?…

  • The Prison of the Present Moment

    That perhaps is why people are so ready with the charge of ‘escape’. I never fully understood it till my friend Professor Tolkien asked me the very simple question, ‘What class of men would you expect to be most preoccupied with, and most hostile to, the idea of escape?’ and gave the obvious answer: jailers.…

  • How to Frighten A Child

    How to Frighten A Child

    Those who say that children must not be frightened may mean two things. They may mean (1) that we must not do anything likely to give the child those haunting, disabling, pathological fears against which ordinary courage is helpless: in fact, phobias. His mind must, if possible, be kept clear of things he can’t bear…

  • Green Pastures and Still Waters

    Green Pastures and Still Waters

  • The Spiritual Discipline of Fairy Tales

    I do not mean that school stories for boys and girls ought not to be written. I am only saying that they are far more liable to become ‘fantasies’ in the clinical sense than fantastic stories are. And this distinction holds for adult reading too. The dangerous fantasy is always superficially realistic. The real victim…

  • A Child Again

    When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up. C.S. Lewis, Other Worlds (1975), 25.

  • Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

    Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

  • Annotations — June 18, 2021

    Annotations — June 18, 2021

    featured image source Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth and the Great Commission A well researched, celebratory, and globally-focused essay from Christianity Today. When God ends a season of drought, he begins a season of harvest. Parenting in the Digital Age A great little article containing simple steps for managing your digital devices. Helpful whether you’ve got kids…

  • A Sentence That Stretches Into Eternity

    The tension (a weak word) between the temporality of sentences and the eternity that would render them and the strivings they portray superfluous is powerfully captured in my final example, a sentence from Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). Although I have read and taught this sentence hundreds of times, it never fails to knock my…