David Russell Mosley continuesÂ a three part series exploringÂ how human creativity participates in Godâ€™s creativity. Tolkien fans will enjoy Mosleyâ€™s exploration of the idea of subcreation, articulated inÂ Tolkienâ€™s essay â€œOn Faerie Stories.â€ Tolkien argued that human creativity is a gift from God to those made in His image, and that when a human writer imagines something, that writer is â€œsub creating,â€ crafting a fictional setting in a small and respectful imitation of Godâ€™s creative abilities. The idea that weÂ in some way imitate and participate in Godâ€™s creativeÂ activityÂ can apply toÂ moreÂ than writing an epic, and Mosley explores some ways Christians can think about it. In this reflection, Mosley engages Tolkien’s idea that experiencingÂ fairy stories restores our sense of the wonder of the world God created, letting us see through a fantastic setting how astonishing the real world around us is.Â [Read more…] about Scholar’s Compass: The Fantastic and the Real
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
David Russell Mosley delves intoÂ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,Â a poem that starts at Christmas.Â Mosley drawsÂ on an argument by Tolkien, not coincidentally one of the translators ofÂ Â Sir Gawain,Â that fairy tales and mythical figures point beyond themselves to the truth of the Gospel.Â David will share more about Faerie and the Gospel in future Scholarâ€™s Compass posts.
Quotations fromÂ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in this post. [Read more…] about Scholar’s Compass: Sir Gawain Seeks Christmas