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COVER STORY By-elections a trial run for next federal election

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook bans reflect a lack of impartiality

CANBERRA OBSERVED The gloves are on for by-election proxy bouts

FEDERAL POLITICS Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox

ENVIRONMENT 'Climate change' news is fake news

BRITISH HISTORY Abolition of the Corn Laws paved the way for cheap food

LIFE ISSUES A world of competing sorrows: Ireland's abortion referendum

CULTURE The wee folk and their cousins, up and down the scale

WESTERN CIVILISATION Three great anniversaries of the West

FICTION Autumn Alexei's Story

MUSIC ABBA; Unstoppable, ubiquitous

CINEMA Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

BOOK REVIEW Vision for the future, if we want to claim it

BOOK REVIEW Taking to task failed privilege

BOOK REVIEW Where Tolkien and St Thomas agree

LETTERS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

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THE ROMANCE OF RELIGION:
Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

Dwight Longenecker

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(Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2014)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN: 9780849921957
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Book description

C.S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king. 

In The Romance of Religion, Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero — the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humour and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armour, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder and joy.

Is religion no more than a fairy tale? No, it is more than a fairy tale — much more: it is all the fairy tales and fantastic stories come true here and now.

 

About the author

American-born Revd Fr Dwight Longenecker is a theology graduate of Oxford University. Before his conversion to Catholicism he served as an Anglican parish priest, a chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. He currently serves as a parish priest at Greenville, South Carolina. He is the author of 16 books and contributes to many magazines, papers and journals in the United States and Britain. His web site is at DwightLongenecker.com.

 

Endorsements

“This book is witty, whimsical, and deadly serious. With panache and aplomb, Dwight Longenecker sets out to prove that Christianity is, in every sense of the word, fabulous. And does he succeed in his quest? I encourage you to read it to find out.” — Michael Ward, senior research fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics, Houston Baptist University. 

“If you’ve never thought about the Christian faith as romance and story, then this book will introduce you to a whole new way of thinking.” — Frank Viola, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth.


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