Articles By: Alicia Prickett

10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child: Book Review

Anthony Esolen’s book, 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, probably has the best cover of any book published in paperback. Despite the old proverb about judging books by their covers, this modern In Praise of Folly could draw in even a reader who didn’t know that Esolen is a...
August 18th, 2014 | Education | Read More

Robin Hood and Christianity: Corrupting Christ’s Return

An episode of Robin of Sherwood, a delightfully dated 1980s Robin Hood television adaption, begins with a broad-bodied fellow laid in the dust, fending off the blows of a vicious little knot of robbers. Before we have time to worry about his fate, the Merry Men enter with swinging fists and shooting...
August 11th, 2014 | Culture | Read More

Effective Prayers

While I was saying my morning prayers last Wednesday, God suddenly whispered, “Do you believe these are doing anything?” Cause and effect. I’ve “believed in it” since I was scrawling my homework in elementary school. I vaguely remember a fifth-grade lesson on it. And, in one way, it seeped...
October 1st, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Photography is Fear of the Passing Moment

I’ve never seen the Mona Lisa. At the Louvre, I shuffled in among the crowd and funneled down close to it. There, in my fear of the passing moment, I took a picture of the canvas. It must have been fifteen feet from me, but I never actually looked directly at the masterpiece. The photograph, a...
September 23rd, 2013 | Art & Literature | Read More

Digory Kirk and the Crying Lion: God Doesn’t Care about Nothing

From the depths of a tearful throat, Digory Kirk’s words tumble from his lips in addressing the Great Lion: “Please, won’t you give me something that can cure my mother?” Then, he looks into Aslan’s face. “Up till then, he had been looking at the Lion’s great...
September 17th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Put Your Face in the Dirt and Start Struggling

Any Christian who can’t think of a fistful of sins he or she is struggling against is probably not in a good place. In the war against hell in our hearts, there exists a continuum of three possibilities: our defeat, our struggle, or our perfection. We lazily assume perfection is our default disposition....
September 9th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

5 Qualities You Treat like Virtues that Really Aren’t

At the heart of Christianity are absolutes. There are virtues which all Christians at all places at all times have known to be virtues. Then, there are the shifting sands around those virtues – areas of moral neutrality to which our culture may, at a given time, ascribe erroneous moral significance....
August 26th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

Are Works our Salvation? A Lesson in Beauty

The kingdom of heaven is like the piano lesson of an undeaf man. Outside the kingdom of heaven, it’s like being someone who’s listened to his music too loud too long. For years, whenever the music ate at his hearing, he would turn it louder, again and again, until he was all but deaf. He...
August 19th, 2013 | The Gospel | Read More

Muddying the Waters around Modesty

Whenever summer rolls around, the tide of links rises on my Facebook news feed. “Modesty,” they all say. Sometimes with a sneer, sometimes with a polemic defense, they all say, “modesty.” In theory, I appreciate the idea of modesty, and I think the arguments in its defense are...
August 12th, 2013 | Culture | Read More

7 Snapshots of Christology

This summer, I thought a solid hike through the history of Christian doctrine might be a better use of time than sunburning myself at the beach. However, not wanting to break my streak of summer sunburns, I somehow managed to do both. Having a brain so violently overheated as to become insensible to...
August 5th, 2013 | Church | Read More