To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee
~ Emily Dickinson ~
Now that I have finished my series on You Are Gods, I am going to take a break from blogging for the rest of the summer. I will continue to publish citations from Church Fathers and theologians, as the Spirit moves me, and will publish guest articles and reviews as they come in.
I intend to focus my reading energies on fiction. Last week, for example, I started reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Simon Armitage translation). I stopped after completing the first section, not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I did. I simply realized that the poem is best heard, not read, so I downloaded it from Audible and plan on starting over.
My summer reading list also includes Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (time to return to the First and Second Ages in the history of Arda); David Hart’s Kenogaia; one or two George MacDonald novels, starting with Donal Grant; and Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Fionavar Tapestry, which I read back in the 80s. And if I should actually succeed in reading all of the above (doubtful), I shall return to Earthsea and rejoin Ged and Ogion in their battles against evil and darkness. Maybe I’m ready to meet a dragon or two. I would like to learn the true names of things:
My name, and yours, and the true name of the sun, or a spring of water, or an unborn child, all are syllables of the great word that is very slowly spoken by the shining of the stars. There is no other power. No other name.
Knowing myself, I expect I will pick up a theological title at some point during the summer months; but I really do want to experience that insanity and transcension, to quote Ursula LeGuin, that only a good story can bestow:
While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren’t there, we hear their voices, we watch the battle of Borodino with them, we may even become Napoleon. Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed.
I bid you a glorious, moon-stricken, phantasmical, lunatical summer.
P.S. I almost forgot. Stay tuned for news about my book. The articles have been selected, revised, and edited by Jess Lederman, who through his mighty efforts has made this project possible (thank you, Jess!). The table of contents has been arranged. I do need to come up with new titles for many of the articles. I have also tentatively chosen the icon that will grace the cover. We do need to raise funds to make publication possible (more on that in the days ahead). I have even come up with a possible title: Destined for Joy: The Gospel of Universal Salvation. What do you think? Does it work? I can guarantee that the book will sell for under $200. What a bargain! 😎