Children are often confronted with harsh realities for which they are inadequately equipped. Innocence is fragile. Some of our earliest memories include bracing traumas of loss, and like every human being, children try to cope. They turn to God in their own way and often find Him in His interaction with them through creation. Just as seasons reflect in microcosm the seasons of our lives, our dominion over the animals is a means by which His watch-care over us can be better understood. For children especially, this is high theology. It is also a gateway to the power of literature.
H.G Wells was born on September 21, 1866. He was a brilliant thinker, but his humanistic worldview sparked a grand debate with none other than G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton wrote The Everlasting Man in 1925 as a literary rebuttal of Wells’ Outline of History in which Wells characterized human life as a seamless extension of animal life. In his book Defiant Joy, author Kevin Belmonte notes Chesterton’s desire to position his book as a counter-point dialog with Wells. One of the most famous passages explores the distinct differences between mankind and animals.
Stephen King was born on this day, September 21st in 1947. Famous for his mind-bending thrillers, he is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Awards. King’s writing is captivating for many reasons, but perhaps foremost is his ability to conspire with his readers to suspend reality and imagine a world where constraints are unraveled.