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Volume 14, Issue 1: Footnotes

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1. Tarkington, Booth, Penrod and Sam (New York: Doubleday, 1916) p.149
2.Barfield, Owen, Poetic Diction (Middleton: Weslyan University Press), p. 63.
3. Wodehouse, P. G. , The Most of P. G. Wodehouse (New York: Simon Schuster, 1927), p. 537
4. Lewis, C. S. , A Study in Medieval Tradition (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), p. 60.
5. Lewis, C. S., Miracles (Macmillian), p. 60.
6. Ibid, p.79
7.Tolkien, J. R. R.,The Hobbit (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966), p. 72.


1. It is worthwhile to reproduce more of Milne's encomium: "One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and, if she does not like it, asks her to return his letters. The older man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly. The book is a test of character. We can't criticize it, because it is criticizing us. But I must give you one word of warning. When you sit down to it, don't be so ridiculous as to suppose that you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame. You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself. You may be worthy: I don't know. But it is you who are on trial." I couldn't find the original source; it is quoted on several websites.
2. This scene, or indeed the story as a whole, is not likely intended to be Christian. Grahame himself seems to have discarded his Scottish Christian background for some sort of Romantic, Victorian neo-paganism. However, this does not diminish the value of his fairy tale. Today's Christians, who think Janette Oke is a great writer, are certainly not in a position to criticize it.
3. See Rolland Hein, "C. S. Lewis: Myth and Sehnsucht" in Christian Mythmakers, (Chicago: Cornerstone Press, 1998). I do not unilaterally endorse Hein's views (e.g., his dainty distaste for the climax of Perelandra). Grahame's own sehnsucht takes on new meaning when you consider his boring job shuffling paper for the Bank of England and his otherwise rather depressing life. He had little good from Home or Road. His mother died when he was young and his father was an alcoholic. His marriage was mediocre at best. He did very little with himself from when the Willows was published in 1908 until his death in 1932. His only son Alistair (nicknamed Mouse), for whom it was written, committed suicide at the age of 19 by throwing himself under a train.
4. I am not perpetuating Lewis' lingering Platonism. I do think there is a valid ontological distinction between the world of our perception and the Reality of God's existence: one is derivative being and the other is self-referential being and the two differ qualitatively. Our reality is not less real simply because it is derivative; rather, being derivative is what makes it real in the first place. Myth drives us first to God's Other Reality, which is one we cannot experience; but more importantly it drives us to the greatest thing we can experience: the future glorified state of our present reality, which will be more than enough to fully satisfy every sehnsucht.


1. Lewis, C. S., The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition (London: Oxford University Press, 1936) p. 44.


1. 1. Or the organist, or the secretary, or the leader of the Woman's Auxiliary, what have you.


1. 1. Enderton, Herbert, A Mathematical Introduction to Logic (New York: Academic Press, 1972) p.15.


1. Interview of Frank Brock, president, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, by Dr. Robert Rayburn during Adult Sunday School, Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA), Tacoma, WA, Summer 2001.
2. I should note that Dordt is my alma mater (B.A. in philosophy, 1975), so Burtchaell's assessment is personally disappointing.
3. Burtchaell, James Tunstead, The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from their Christian Churches (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998) p. 809.

Incarnatus :

1. Plantinga, Alvin, Warranted Christian Belief (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2000) p. 303.
2. Wood, W. Jay, Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1998) p. 176.

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—2002 Christian Worldview Student Conference sponsored by Calvary ReformedPresbyterian Church.
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