Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She teachs in the Online MAA program and specialize in cultural and imaginative literary apologetics.
Her forthcoming new book is Imaginative Apologetics, due out in Spring 2017 from Emmaus Road Publishing.
Holly’s academic work focuses on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams; she is the Charles Williams Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. More details on her academic writings can be found on her “Writing” page.
Holly’s current project is a literary-critical study, Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages, to be published by Kent State University Press. You can get a glimpse of some of her findings (an intriguing connection between Tolkien and William Morris) here.
She is also the author of a memoir, Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.
If you’re interested in having Holly give a talk to your organization, take a look at her speaking schedule and she will be in touch!
MARINER Malcolm Guite from Chapter Three He was no longer an irresponsible college student off on one jaunt or adventure after another, conﬁdent that his family would always bail him out. He would soon be a father, with mouths to feed and a family to care for, and yet, more than ever, he felt the profound […]
THE EOLIAN HARP Samuel Taylor Coleridge Composed at Clevedon, Somersetshire My pensive Sara! thy soft cheek reclined Thus on mine arm, most soothing sweet it is To sit beside our Cot, our Cot o’ergrown With white-flowered Jasmin, and the broad-leaved Myrtle, (Meet emblems they of Innocence and Love!) And watch the clouds, that late were […]
ON THE SLAVE TRADE Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Watchman, 25 March 1796 Whence arise our Miseries? Whence arise our Vices? From imaginary Wants. No man is wicked without temptation, no man is wretched without a cause. But if each among us conﬁned his wishes to the actual necessaries and real comforts of Life, we should […]
LETTER TO GEORGE COLERIDGE Samuel Taylor Coleridge 6 November 1794 You ask me what the friend of universal equality should do. I answer—“Talk not politics—Preach the Gospel!” Yea, my brother! I have at all times in all places exerted my power in defense of the Holy One of Nazareth against the learning of the historian, […]
BACK TO CAMBRIDGE AND BEYOND Malcolm Guite From Mariner, Chapter Three …when the holidays began and he set off from Cambridge in mid-June, not for home, but on a walking tour of England and Wales with a fellow undergraduate, there was a sense of the bird ﬂying free from the cage and new adventures beginning. […]
Leigh McLeroy is an author, speaker, and teacher who published her first poem at age 8. (Thank you, Highlights magazine!) Her books include A Minute of Presence, The Beautiful Ache, and The Sacred Ordinary. She holds a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University.
Kelly Belmonte has been writing poetry for over 30 years and blogging for ten (mostly at allninemuses.wordpress.com). Important poetic influences have included Kobayashi Issa, R.M. Rilke, Marge Piercy, Malcolm Guite, Frank Gaspar, and many other fine poets. Her work has been published in Atlas Poetica, Relief Journal, The Literary Nest, Open: Journal of Arts & Literature, and Ruminate, and included in The Word in the Wilderness (Canterbury Press, 2014) and Love, Remember (Canterbury Press, 2017). She also contributed a chapter on the poetry of C.S. Lewis to Women and C.S. Lewis (2015), a collection of interviews and essays on the theme of Lewis and women in his life and writings. Kelly’s two poetry chapbooks, Three Ways of Searching (2013) and Spare Buttons (2014), are published by Finishing Line Press.
LETTER TO GEORGE COLERIDGE Samuel Taylor Coleridge 23 February 1794 I became a proverb to the University for Idleness—the time, which I should have bestowed on the academic studies, I employed in dreaming out wild schemes of impossible extrication. It had been better for me, if my Imagination had been less vivid—I could not with […]
LETTER TO GEORGE COLERIDGE Samuel Taylor Coleridge 23 February 1794 Sweet in the sight of God and celestial Spirits are the tears of Penitence—the pearls of heaven—the Wine of Angels! Such has been the language of Divines— but Divines have exaggerated.—Repentance may bestow that tranquillity, which will enable man to pursue a course of undeviating […]
LETTER TO GEORGE COLERIDGE Samuel Taylor Coleridge 30 March 1794 I long ago theoretically and in a less degree experimentally knew the necessity of Faith in order to regulate Virtues—nor did I ever seriously disbelieve the existence of a future State—In short, my religious Creed bore and perhaps bears a correspondence with my mind and […]
THE ODE Samuel Taylor Coleridge From the translation by J.C.C. May in Poetical Works O ye who revel in the ills of Slavery, O feeders on the groans of the wretched, insolent sons of Excess, shedders of own brothers’ blood, does not the inescapable Eye see these things? Does not Nemesis threaten ﬁre-breathing reprisal? Do […]
THE GENTLEMAN’S MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 1834 Charles Valentine Le Grice Of Christ’s Hospital and Trinity College, Cambridge What evenings I have spent in those rooms! . . . when Aeschylus, and Plato, and Thucydides were pushed aside, with a pile of lexicons etc, to discuss the pamphlets of the day. Ever and anon, a pamphlet issued […]
Donna L. Fowler (Fowler-Marchant) is an elder in the NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church currently serving as Minister of Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, NC. She is writing a book about John Wesley as a spiritual director, especially through his letters to women, and her thoughts about God, life, and the Wesleys can be found at travelswithwesley.blogspot.com.
God let us be parents so we can understand Him better.
1984 George Orwell “Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the […]
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Samuel Taylor Coleridge The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. Lines 21–24 This week we read Chapter One and began to see remarkable parallels in the Ancient Mariner’s journey with Coleridge’s own. In the poem, […]
CHRIST’S HOSPITAL FIVE-AND-THIRTY YEARS AGO Charles Lamb Come back into memory, like as thou wert in the dayspring of thy fancies, with hope like a ﬁery column before thee—the dark pillar not yet turned—Samuel Taylor Coleridge—Logician, Metaphysician, Bard—How have I seen the casual passer through the cloisters stand still, intranced with admiration (while he the […]
THE PRELUDE William Wordsworth I speak to thee, my Friend! to thee, Who, yet a liveried schoolboy, in the depths Of the huge city, on the leaded roof Of that wide ediﬁce, thy school and home, Wert used to lie and gaze upon the clouds Moving in heaven; or, of that pleasure tired, To shut […]
FROST AT MIDNIGHT Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Frost performs its secret ministry, Unhelped by any wind. The owlet’s cry Came loud—and hark, again! loud as before. The inmates of my cottage, all at rest, Have left me to that solitude, which suits Abstruser musings: save that at my side My cradled infant slumbers peacefully. ‘Tis […]
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Samuel Taylor Coleridge The ship was cheered, the harbour cleared, Merrily did we drop Below the kirk, below the hill, Below the lighthouse top. Lines 21–24 Today we begin the first of two parts into which Malcolm Guite’s book Mariner is divided. The Prelude examines the foreground of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s life which […]
Rebekah Valerius is a student in the MA Cultural Apologetics program at Houston Baptist University and a part of the Mama Bear Apologetics Ministry team. She is a wife and homeschooling mother of two. You can read more of her writing at alongthebeam.com.
Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
MOBY DICK Herman Melville But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous—why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian’s […]
ARCAEOLOGIAE PHILOSOPHICAE Epigraph I readily believe that there are more invisible beings in the universe than visible. But who will declare to us the nature of all these, the rank, relationships, distinguishing characteristics and qualities of each? What is it they do? Where is it they dwell? Always the human intellect circles around the knowledge of […]
BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA Samuel Taylor Coleridge They and only they can acquire the philosophic imagination, the sacred power of self-intuition, who within themselves can interpret and understand the symbol, that the wings of the air-sylph are forming within the skin of the caterpillar; those only, who feel in their own spirits the same instinct, which impels […]
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER Samuel Taylor Coleridge Part I It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three. ‘By thy long grey beard and glittering eye, Now wherefore stopp’st thou me? The Bridegroom’s doors are opened wide, And I am next of kin; The guests are met, the feast is set: […]
ORTHODOXY THE ETHICS OF ELFLAND When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one […]
GENEALOGY OF MORALS FIRST ESSAY GOOD AND EVIL, GOOD AND BAD Is there anyone who would like to take a little look down on and under that secret how man fabricates an ideal on earth? Who has the courage for that? Come on, now! Here is an open glimpse into this dark workshop. Just wait […]
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV The Grand Inquisitor Ivan turned suddenly and went his way without looking back. It was just as Dmitri had left Alyosha the day before, though the parting had been very different. The strange resemblance flashed like an arrow through Alyosha’s mind in the distress and dejection of that moment. He waited a […]
This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and with it also brings the grand tradition of what has come to be called “beach reading.” This year we’ll celebrate the season with author Malcolm Guite as he guides us through the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge through his wonderful book Mariner.
ANNA KARENINA Chapter 17 “Alexey Alexandrovitch,” said Vronsky, feeling that a statement of the position was coming, “I can’t speak, I can’t understand. Spare me! However hard it is for you, believe me, it is more terrible for me.” He would have risen; but Alexey Alexandrovitch took him by the hand and said: “I beg […]
ON THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES Chapter 14 As this whole volume is one long argument, it may be convenient to the reader to have the leading facts and inferences briefly recapitulated. That many and grave objections may be advanced against the theory of descent with modification through natural selection, I do not deny. I […]
THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of Communism. All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in […]
A personal welcome from Malcolm Guite.
DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA Chapter 5 Of the Manner in Which Religion in the United States Avails Itself of Democratic Tendencies This brings me to a final consideration, which comprises, as it were, all the others. The more the conditions of men are equalized and assimilated to each other, the more important is it for religions, […]
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of […]
SERMON: SALVATION BY FAITH By grace are ye saved through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) 1. All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of his mercies. It was free grace that “formed man […]
Andrea Skevington lives in Suffolk, and draws inspiration from the world and the community around her. Her work includes poetry, stories – mainly for children, and inspirational work in the Christian tradition. she has worked with children in schools and churches, and has a particular interest in retelling the Bible. She has led retreats and creative writing workshops for adults, spoken at festivals, and share my poetry and my thoughts. She also writes for Quiet Spaces “A creative response to God’s love”, and has written meditations on Women in Genesis, the medieval mystical work The Cloud of Unknowing, the I Am sayings of Jesus, the poems of Emily Dickinson, and many others.
MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY The Principa Author’s Preface Since the ancients (as we are told by Pappus), made great account of the science of mechanics in the investigation of natural things; and the moderns, laying aside substantial forms and occult qualities, have endeavoured to subject the phænomena of nature to the laws of mathematics, […]
Gregory Wolfe is the founder and editor of Image—one of America’s leading literary journals. He also edits a literary imprint, Slant Books, through Wipf & Stock Publishers. In the fall of 2018, Wolfe will serve as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Visiting Scholar in Catholic Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. He was the founding director of the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing program, where he continues to teach. Wolfe’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, First Things, Commonweal, and America. His books include Beauty Will Save the World, Intruding Upon the Timeless, and The Operation of Grace. Follow him on Twitter: @Gregory_Wolfe.
TWO TREATISES ON GOVERNMENT: SECOND TREATISE Chapter II Of the State of Nature §. 4. To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider, what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, […]
AN ESSAY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING Book I An Inquiry into the understanding, pleasant and useful. Since it is the understanding that sets man above the rest of sensible beings, and gives him all the advantage and dominion which he has over them; it is certainly a subject, even for its nobleness, worth our labour to […]
PENSEES (1) Outline First part: Misery of man without God. Second part: Happiness of man with God. (Or) First part: That nature is corrupt. Proved by nature itself. Second part: That there is a Redeemer. Proved by Scripture. (60) (2) Strategy (Order:) Men despise religion; they hate it and fear it is true. […]
PARADISE LOST Book I Is this the Region, this the Soil, the Clime, Said then the lost Arch-Angel, this the seat That we must change for Heav’n, this mournful gloom For that celestial light? Be it so, since he  Who now is Sovran can dispose and bid What shall be right: fardest from him […]
MEDITATIONS Meditation One Of the Things of Which We May Doubt 1. Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, and that consequently what I afterward based on such principles was highly doubtful; and from that time I was convinced […]
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Act II, Scene I A hall in Leonato’s house Enter LEONATO, ANTONIO, HERO, BEATRICE, and others LEONATO: Was not Count John here at supper? ANTONIO: I saw him not. BEATRICE: How tartly that gentleman looks! I never can see him but I am heart-burned an hour after. HERO: He is of […]
Kayla Hodges lives in Cypress, Texas and loves being at home learning her role as a mother to her sweet daughter, Eden Grace. After graduating from Baylor University, she and her husband Matthew began partnering in ministry together with Bridge Point Community Church, an Acts29 church plant that they have helped launch with dear friends in Cypress. Healthy vulnerability and offering hope to the hopeless are among Kayla’s deepest values. Kayla finds solace in writing and is passionate about her family, the local church, stewarding God’s Creation of this earth, and mental health awareness.
DON QUIXOTE Part I, Chapter I: Which Treats of the Character and Pursuits of the Famous Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the […]
THE FAERIE QUEEN Canto I A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine, Y cladd in mightie armes and silver shielde, Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine, The cruell markes of many a bloudy fielde; Yet armes till that time did he never wield: His angry steede did chide his foming bitt, As […]