The Flying Inn: Chesterton on Alcohol & the Sacramental Imagination

Feast of St Lucian the Martyr of Antioch

CHESTERTON anticipated many of our problems in 1914 when he published The Flying Inn, just before the outbreak of the First War. It’s a very funny book that deals, among many other things, with the question of alcohol. To say the least, alcohol is no less a problem in our time than it was in his time. In fact, it’s a... Continue Reading

Tolkien Pint Glasses & Inklings Walking Tour

Feast of St Benjamin the Deacon

WE'RE delighted to make a new addition to our "Cloud of Witnesses" Pint Glass series: J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of Heroic Worlds.

If you join us for the Inklings Walking Tour with toasts by Ralph Wood and Richard Rohlin, you'll receive your won for the tastings.

And we'll have them for sale at all the other events over the Inklings... Continue Reading

Inklings Seminars at Oktoberfest: "Not a Bowl but a Book" and "Can the Singer Enter the Tale?"

Feast of St Symeon the New Theologian

WE ARE honored to have Richard Rohlin, a philologist and lover of the Inklings, join us from Texas for the Oktoberfest. He'll be with us on Friday evening (Oct 19) for the Inklings Walking Tour, offering toasts to the Inklings, and then he'll present two seminars on the Inklings on Sunday afternoon (Oct 21). You can read his bio below. And here... Continue Reading

Inaugural Inklings Cartography Contest

Feast of St Symeon the New Theologian

WE ARE pleased to announce the inaugural Inklings Cartography Contest. The field is wide open to create maps from any world within the literature of any of the Inklings. That means your creativity is unlimited, i.e., you need not limit yourself to Narnia or Middle-earth, although those worlds are definitely options.

Maps will be judged in four categories, and each category winner... Continue Reading

4th Annual Inklings Lecture by Ralph Wood: "G. K. Chesterton: Father of the Inklings"

Feast of St Philip the Apostle & One of the Seven Deacons

FOR OUR fourth annual Inklings Oktoberfest, Ralph Wood will be presenting the annual Inklings Lecture on G. K. Chesterton as the Father of the Inklings. The lecture will be at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Journey the Way, a local church just around the corner from Eighth Day Books and our headquarters.

Immediately following the... Continue Reading

Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man

Feast of Our Righteous Father Theophilus the Confessor
Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton

ORTHODOXY is surely one of the most famous apologies for Christian orthodoxy of the modern age. Chesterton's dazzling use of metaphor and paradox fits comfortably with his conviction that the world is neither unreasonable nor reasonable, but nearly reasonable, "a trap for logicians." This silent "swerving from accuracy by an inch" is... Continue Reading

A Piece of Chalk

Feast of St James the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus

I REMEMBER one splendid morning, all blue and silver, in the summer holidays when I reluctantly tore myself away from the task of doing nothing in particular, and put on a hat of some sort and picked up a walking-stick, and put six very bright-coloured chalks in my pocket. I then went into the kitchen (which, along with the rest... Continue Reading

Charles Williams: When Did the Historical Church Begin?

Feast of St Pelagia the Righteous

THE VISIBLE beginning of the Church is at Pentecost, but that is only a result of its actual beginning – and ending – in heaven. In fact, all the external world, as we know it, is always a result. Our causes are concealed, and mankind becomes to us a mass of contending unrelated effects. It is the effort to relate the effects conveniently... Continue Reading

The Hero Is a Hobbit: A Review of The Fellowship of the Ring

Feast of St. Methodia the Righteous of Kimolos
The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

IN 1937 there appeared, without any fanfare, a book called The Hobbit which, in my opinion, is one of the best children’s stories of this century. In The Fellowship of the Ring, which is the first volume of a trilogy,... Continue Reading

A Busy Year and an Inklings Retrospective

Feast of St Theophilus the Confessor

2018 has been a busy year.

The summer was full of travel, peddling books and culture at various conferences focused on classical education. It is very easy to get discouraged by the state of our culture. But I was extremely encouraged by these conferences. There are a lot of folks committed to reading the sources of Christianity and Western Civilization. And that commitment... Continue Reading