A Spotlight on Culture

Through reviews and longer articles, ArteFact keeps a finger on the pulse of how our culture is reflecting on itself.

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Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times: Two Historical Novels

Lucy Beckett’s novel The Time Before You Die: A Novel of the Reformation effectively conveys a queasy, uncomfortable immediacy to the whiplash-inducing movements of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, and subsequent backlash against the Counter-Reformation, in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Several centuries later, Philip Trower’s A Danger to the State depicts the consequences of the Reformation in the full bloom of the Enlightenment - one of which is that religious truths increasingly serve politically expedient realities.

Review Fiction

Revelation for a Time of Crisis

Morris West, The Devil’s Advocate (William Morrow & Co, 1959). 

Article Theatre

Favorite Fictional Characters: Hamlet

'To be or not to be, that is the question' voices an even more universal problem than King Lear's: not so much about identity, as being.

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Edmund Pevensie

In nostalgic conversations among friends over favorite childhood literary characters, I inevitably propose Edmund Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Much enthusiasm meets this choice. We all agree that as much as we admire the older Peter, Edmund is more interesting. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Lord Peter Wimsey

At first sight, Dorothy L. Sayers’ character Lord Peter Wimsey, does not strike one as a particularly Christian gentleman... And yet, he displays virtues that only caritas and humility can bring to flower. 

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Favorite Fictional Characters: John Wemmick

Wemmick is a man divided. Divided between work and Walworth, where he lives out an idyllic denial of all that is dehumanising about his workaday existence.

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Favorite Fictional Characters: Betsey Trotwood

A common criticism of Dickens is that his female characters never rise above being two-dimensional. However amongst the demure angels and the grotesque caricatures, Betsey Trotwood of David Copperfield is a magnificent exception. 

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Pieces of Work: Favorite Fictional Characters

"What a piece of work is man..."

Review Film

Enlivening the Dialogue

Paul, Apostle of Christ, 2018. Directed by Andrew Hyatt.

Article Fiction

The Face of Human Dignity in the Novels of Fiorella de Maria

The fiction of British-Maltese writer Fiorella De Maria depicts women in fierce struggle with the forces which undermine human dignity: yet they illustrate that God is not in the storm. He is in the silence, where we can hear Him, and furthermore, hear ourselves think. Above all, He is the safe harbor from which we are launched into a great, though sometimes painful adventure.