Essays by Lou Markos

Below I have listed all of my published essays, articles, and reviews.

First, however here are some links to some of my essays available online:

From the archives of Touchstone

The dangers of Polonius’ advice: To thine own self be true

Jesus was not an egalitarian

Public education has created men without chests

Intimations of incarnation in Robert Browning’s Poetry

A Defense of Intelligent Design

From the Archives of The Saint Austin Review (StAR)

How  my university is Rehabilitating the Liberal Arts

From the Archives of the Christian Research Journal

Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics

The Literary Apologetics of Chesterton and Sayers

A discussion of What Christianity is Not

From The Gospel Coalition

Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories”

The worldviews of several bestsellers

Review of a new biography of C. S. Lewis

From First Things On the Square

The troubled issue of gay marriage

Review of the film version of the Hobbit

From Reformation 21

Review of a new book on Chesterton

From the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

A critique of the gender-neutral NIV 2011

From The imaginative Conservative

Barack Obama and Marcus Aurelius

From Explore

 We All Have Questions

We All Wonder

Chance, Evolution, or Intelligent Design



Review essay of C. S. Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society (eds. Roger White, Judith Wolfe & Brendan Wolfe), forthcoming in Touchstone.

“In Defense of Hobbies,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Sept/Oct 2015.

“Plato on the Fall of Ancient & Modern Greece,” The Imaginative Conservative, 5 Aug 2015.

“Higher End Gifts: How You Can Take It with You,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, July/August 2015.

“Turning the Other Cheek in Narnia,” The City, Summer 2015.

Review essay of Jerry Walls’s Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, Reformation 21, 29 June, 2015.

“The Inklings Were Not Closet Pagans,” The Federalist, 5 June, 2015.

Review essay of Rod Dreher’s How Dante Can Save Your Life, Gospel Coalition, 27 Apr, 2015.

Review essay of Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards’ The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Saint Austin Review (StAR), May/June, 2015.

“John Milton’s Vision of Classical Christian Education,” The Classical Teacher, Spring 2015.

“Shakespeare’s Comic Universe,” Resuscitating Paideia, Volume 1, Number 1 (2015).

Review essay of Nancy Pearcey’s Finding Truth, Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Volume 5, 2015.

Review essay of Marc Baer’s Mere Believers: How Eight Faithful Lives Changed the Course of History, Reformation 21, 16 March, 2015.

“The Legacy of G. K. Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers,” Classis: The Quarterly Journal of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools, XXII.1 (February 2015).

Review essay of W. Mark Lanier’s Christianity on Trial, The Federalist, 10 April, 2015.

Review essay of John Piper and David Mathis’ The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C. S. LewisThe City, Winter 2015.

Review essay of Craig L. Bloomberg’s Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions, First Things Online, 28 October, 2-14.

Review essay of David Skeel’s True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World, Christianity Today Online, 23 February, 2015.

Review essay of Owen Strachan’s Risky Gospel, Touchstone, January/February 2015.

Review essay of Jonathan K. Dodson’s The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing, Christianity Today Online, 16 December, 2014.

Review essay of Max McLean’s stage production of C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, The Gospel Coalition, 16 September, 2014.

Review essay of Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s Same-Sex Marriage, The Gospel Coalition, 24 September, 2014.

Hard Times: A Parable Writ Large,” guest blog for Justin Taylor’s A Novel Every Christian Should Consider Reading, The Gospel Coalition, 31 August, 2014.

“Praeparatio Evangelica: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics,” The Journal: A Publication of the Society for Classical Learning, Fall, 2014.

Review essay of Mackenzie Mulligan’s Simon, Who is Called Peter, The City, Summer 2014.

Review essay of Roger Lundin’s Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief, forthcoming in Christian Scholar’s Review.

“The Virtues We Do Not Need (and the Vices We Do),” Salvo 29 (Summer 2014).

Review essay of Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis, Reformation 21, May ‘14.

Review essay of Randy Elrod’s A Renaissance Redneck in a Mega-Church Pulpit, The Gospel Coalition, 9 May 2014.

“Three More Things that Only a PhD Can Believe,” Salvo 28 (Spring 2014).

“On Virtue and Volunteerism: Why Schools Should Stop Clarifying Values and Start Instilling Virtues,” The Journal: A Publication of the Society for Classical Learning, Winter 2014.

“The Music of the Spheres,” The Journal: Society for Classical Learning, Spring 2014.

Review essay of Matthew Spufford’s Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense, Christian Scholar’s Review, 43.4 (Summer 2014).

“Wise Passiveness: Pieper and Wordsworth on the Liberal Arts,” Modern Age, Vol 56, No 3 (Summer 2014).

Review essay of Joseph Pearce’s Race with the Devil, Saint Austin Review (StAR) May/Jun ‘14.

“The Desolation of Smaug or of Tolkien: How to Turn a Children’s Story into an Epic,” Amon Hen, the Bulletin of the (British) Tolkien Society, January 2014.

Review essay of Myron Bradley Penner’s The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Spring 2014.

Short review of Devin Brown’s A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis, Touchstone, May/June 2014.

“I Now Pronounce You Human and Human: How Gender-Neutral Bible Translations Prepared the Way for the Christian Acceptance of Gay Marriage, The Imaginative Conservative, 3/6/14.

“Pain, Suffering, and Dissonant Chords,” chosen as opening blog for The New Relief Blog, 3/14.

“Why Homeschooled Girls are Feminism’s Worst Nightmare,” Journal of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, Volume 18, Issue 2 (Fall 2013). This essay was also published in The City (Fall 2013) under the title: “Feminism’s Worst Nightmare: Educated Women.”

Review essay of Matthew Anderson’s The End of our Exploring: A Book About Questioning and the Confidence of Faith,” The City, Fall 2013.

 Review essay of David Platt’s Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live, The Gospel Coalition, 15 November, 2013.

“Where History and Legend Meet: Christian Myth-Making in Tolkien and Lewis,” Renewing Minds, Issue 4: Fall 2013.

“Plato’s Big Mistake,” The Imaginative Conservative, 8 October, 2013.

“We All Have Questions,” Exploring (a website that publishes 1000-word apologetics articles geared toward modern and postmodern seekers), Summer, 2013.

“We All Wonder,” Exploring, Summer, 2013.

“Chance, Evolution, or Intelligent Design,” Exploring, Summer, 2013.

“Preparing for Christian Higher Education,” The Journal: A Publication of the Society for Classical Learning, Volume VI (Spring 2013).

Review essay of Timothy Larsen’s A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, Touchstone, September/October 2013.

“A to Z with C. S. Lewis: Part I (A to M),” The City, Winter 2013

“A to Z with C. S. Lewis: Part II (N to Z),” The City, Summer 2013

“Marcus Aurelius and Barack Obama,” The Imaginative Conservative, 15 May, 2013.

Review essay of Gary Colledge’s God and Charles Dickens: Recovering the Christian Voice of a Classic Author,  Saint Austin Review, Sep/Oct 2013.

Review essay of Rowan Williams’s The Lion’s World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia, Reformation 21, August 2013.

Review essay of Ralph Wood’s Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God, Reformation 21, 20 May, 2013.

Review essay of Will Vaus’s Hidden Story of Narnia, Saint Austin Review (StAR) May/June13.

Review essay of Colin Manlove’s C. S. Lewis: His Literary Achievement, StAR, May/June 2013.

“Three Things that Only a PhD Can Believe,” Salvo 24, Spring 2013.

“Bringing the Myth Made Fact into the Local Congregation,” Transpositions, 27 May, 2013.

Review essay of David Bentley Hart’s The Devil and Pierre Garnet, Reformation 21, Apr 2013.

“The Dangers of Egalitarianism,” The Imaginative Conservative, 9 March, 2013.

Review essay of Alister McGrath’s C. S. Lewis: A Life. The Gospel Coalition, 27 Feb, 2013.

“Bilbo’s Journey from Grocer to Hero and Novel to Screen,” FT On the Square, 14 Jan, 2013.

“Loving the Sinner without Loving the Sin: Hope for Parents of Gay Children,” First Things On the Square, 11 January, 2013.

“Was C. S. Lewis a Universalist?” Faculty column for The Collegian, 7 February, 2013.

Review essay of Steven Boyer and Christopher Hall’s The Mystery of God: Theology for Knowing the Unknowable, Christianity Today Online, 25 January, 2013.

Review essay of Alister McGrath’s Mere Apologetics, Touchstone, January/February, 2013.

Review essay of Alvin Plantinga’s Where the Conflict Really Lies, Touchstone, Mar/Apr, 2013.

Review essay of Donald Williams’s Inklings of Reality, Touchstone, May/June, 2013.

Review essay of Craig Keener’s Miracles, Christian Scholar’s Review 42.2 (Winter 2013).

“Tolkien on Fairy Stories,” The Gospel Coalition, 11 December, 2012.

“Confessions of a Humanist Christian,” The City, Fall 2012.

“Detectives of Significance: Sherlock Holmes, Umberto Eco, and the Search for Meaning,” Touchstone, September/October 2012.

Review essay of Joseph Loconte’s The Searchers, Themelios 37.3 (Fall 2012).

“Cultural Apologetics: Winning Back the Arts for Christ,” Integrite, 11.2. Fall 2012.

“Reading for Worldviews: Examining the Worldviews of the World’s 10 Most-Read Books,” The Gospel Coalition, 6 September, 2012.

Review essay of Duane Litfin’s Word Versus Deed, The Gospel Coalition, 19 September, 2012.

“Changing Churches,” Touchstone, July/August 2012.

“Wisdom from The City of God,” The City, Spring, 2012.

“From NRSV to New NIV: Why Gender-Neutral Language Represents an Enforced Agenda Rather than a Natural Evolution,” Journal of Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, Spring 2012.

“What is My Purpose,” Exploring (a website that publishes 1000-word apologetics articles geared toward modern and postmodern seekers), Spring, 2012.

Over the course of 2012, I published six more articles with Exploring God: 1) “What Happens When I Die?” 2) “Why is there Pain and Suffering?” 3) “What Does the Big Bang Tell Us about the Existence of God?” 4) “Do Miracles Break the Laws of Nature?” 5) Would a Loving God Send Someone to Hell? 6) How does Christianity Compare to other World Religions?

Reading in the Shadow of Narnia,” New Mexico Journal of Reading, Spring 2012 (XXXII.3).

Review essay of A. T. Reyes’s C. S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid, Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, Volumes 6/7 (2011-2012).

Review essay of John Lennox’s God and Stephen Hawking, Christian Research Journal, Volume 35, #1, Jan/Feb 2012.

Review essay of Douglas Groothuis’s Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith, forthcoming in Saint Austin Review (StAR).

“Highways of the Heart,” Touchstone, March/April 2012.

“Command Performance: God and Morality,” The City, Winter, 2011.

“The British Barnabas: How C. S. Lewis Taught us to Build Bridges,” Integrite, Fall 2011.

“Ancient Crossroads: Intimations of Christ in the Greek Tragedies,” Touchstone Nov/Dec 2011.

“C. S. Lewis on Hell,” Christian Research Journal, Volume 34, # 5 (Fall 2011).

“Renewing the Liberal Arts: The Way Forward,” The City, Summer, 2011; this was republished, in a slightly shorter form, in StAR, November/December 2011.

Review essay of Craig & Meister’s God is Great, God is Good, Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (JISCA), Vol. 4 No. 1, 2011.

“Pilgrimage at Sea” (on Rime of the Ancient Mariner), PILGRIM: A Journal of Catholic Experience, Pentecost/Assumption 2011.

Review essay of Stanley Fish’s How to Write a Good Sentence, The Gospel Coalition (online), 8 February 2011; I followed the review with a Q&A with TGC (21 February 2011).

“Shut Off Your Phone,” The Gospel Coalition (online), 4 March 2011.

“Literary Apologetics: The Legacy of G. K. Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers,” Christian Research Journal, Volume 34, #2 (Spring 2011).

Review essay of Gene Fant’s God as Author, The City, Spring, 2011.

“Temptations at Sea: The Dawn Treader’s Voyage to Hollywood,” Saint Austin Review, March/April 2011.

“The Return to Myth: Apologetics for Postmoderns,” JISCA, Vol. 3 No. 1, 2010.

“Tabernacling with the Trinity: A Second Look at The Shack,” Integrite (A Faith and Learning Journal), Fall 2010.

Review essay of Bock & Glaser’s To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History, The City, Fall 2010.  A brief version appeared in First Things, Dec 2009.

Review essay of Robert Wennberg’s Faith at the Edge, Saint Austin Review (StAR), 2011.

“Seeking After the Beatific Vision,” Second Spring Journal, Thirteen, 2010-2011.

“From Cavemen to Christians: G. K. Chesterton’s Précis of History,” StAR, Sep/Oct 2010.

“Polonius’ Lie: On the Image of God & Thine Own True Self,” Touchstone, May/June 2010.

Review essay of Chris Castaldo’s Holy Ground, Touchstone, May/June 2010.

“Why We Still Need Plato,” The City, Spring 2010.

“The Journey Back Home: How G. K. Chesterton Discovered Orthodoxy,” StAR, Mar/Apr 2010

“Harold Bloom and C. S. Lewis: Will the Real ‘Dogmatist’ Please Stand Up,” Saint Austin Review (StAR), January/February 2010.

Review essay of Roger Lundin’s Believing Again, Christian Scholar’s Review, Winter 2010.

Review essay of James Edwards’s Is Jesus the Only Savior?, Clarion Review, January 2010.

“The Lore of Wood and Stone: Magic in the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings,” Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, Volume 3, 2009.

“Translation and the Word: The Feminist Bible,” The City, Winter 2009.

Review essay of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God, Touchstone, Sept/Oct 2009.

“Christ in the Classroom: The Incarnational Education,” The City, Summer, 2009.

“The Dark Side of Romantic Inspiration,” The City, Spring, 2009.

Review essay of Brenda Slater McNeil’s A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race, Touchstone, May 2009.

“The World of Faërie: The Shadow of Homer in Narnia and Middle-Earth,” Mallorn (British Tolkien journal), Spring 2009.

“Creating Equal: The Inegalitarian Leadership of Jesus,” Touchstone, April 2009.

“The Only Complete Truth: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics,” Christian Research Journal, Volume 32, #2 (Spring 2009).

“Everything you Know is about to Change: Caspian’s Bumpy Journey from Novel to Screen,” Chronicle of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, Volume 6, Issue 1 (Winter 2009).

“The Muslim Other,” The City, Winter 2008.

“And the Two Shall Be One: The Incarnational Marriage of the Sexes,” Saint Austin Review (StAR), November/December 2008.

“The Thorny Road to Truth: The Catholic Vision of the Protestant Milton,” The City, Sum. 08

Review essay of Frances Collins’s Language of God, University Bookman, Summer 2008

“Screwtape Warns Against Idolatry,” The Baptist Standard, July 7, 2008.

Review essay of Roger Olson’s Questions to all your Answers, Touchstone, June 2008

Review essay of Ravi Zacharias’s Beyond Opinion, Integrite, Spring 2008

“Aslan and the Academy,” The City, new journal published by HBU, Spring 2008.

“Listing of top C. S. Lewis websites,” The List column, Christianity Today, February, 2008.

“An Open Letter to Lovers of The Da Vinci Code,” Saint Austin Review, Nov/Dec, 2007.

“The Enchiridion of Erasmus: An Evangelical-Catholic, Humanist-Christian Vision,” Theology Today, April, 2007.

“The Threefold Witness of the Church: The Catholic Paul, the Orthodox John, and the Protestant Peter, The Clarion Review, Number 3 (Summer, 2007).

“How Film Noir Got its Look,” American Arts Quarterly, Spring, 2007.

Brief book reviews in Christianity Today, February, 2007, September, 2006, July, 2006.

Review essays of Antony Flew’s There is a God, N. T. Wright’s Simply Christian, and Tom Woodward’s Darwin Strikes Back in Touchstone, May, 2008, July/Aug, 2007, Sep, 2007 (along with 7-8 brief book notices during 2007-8).

“From Romantic to Victorian: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Spirit of Progress,” Saint Austin Review, November/December, 2006.

“Alien Notion: John Gray’s Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” Touchstone: Journal of Mere Christianity, December, 2006.

“Vessels of Honor: All the Glory We Can Hold,” Touchstone, November, 2006.

“The Wardrobe, the Witch, and the Lion” (a review of the film version), in the Bulletin of the NY CSL Society, Spring, 2006.

“What Christianity is NOT,” Christian Research Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2006): 32-9.

“Wrestling in the Academy: How Christian Professors can Train their Students to Grapple with Ideas.”  Integrite (A Faith and Learning Journal). Vol 4, No 2 (Fall 2005): 16-22.

“Excluded Middle School: Why C. S. Lewis was Right about Chests,” Touchstone, Jul/Aug ’05.

“An Evening with Athanasius: Meditations on the Incarnation.” Theology Today July, 2005.

“The Compulsive Reader,” Christianity Today, June, 2005.

“Apologetics for the 20th Century: The Legacy of Francis Schaeffer.” Faith and Mission (A Journal of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) Spring, 2005 (Vol 22, no 2).

“Intimations of Incarnation: The Apologetic Vision of Robert Browning,” Touchstone, Apr ‘05.

“Review of Remembering the End,” Christian Scholar’s Review, Spring, 2004.

“The Dangers of a Values-Free Education: C. S. Lewis and the Abolition of Man,” Bulletin of the NY CSL Society, Sep/Oct, 2003.

“If you like C. S. Lewis, you will also like,” Bulletin of the NY CSL Society, Spring, 2003.

“The Heirs of Galileo,” Touchstone, December, 2002.

“Poetry-Phobic,” Speaking Out Column, Christianity Today, October 1, 2001.

“Myth Matters: C. S. Lewis bequeathed us a method and a language for sharing the gospel with the modern and postmodern world,” Christianity Today, Cover Story, April 23, 2001.

“Apologist for the Past: The Medieval Vision of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy and Chronicles of Narnia,” Mythlore 88 (v. 3, n. 2), Spring 2001.

Encyclopedia articles on Nikos Kazantzakis’ Odyssey: A Modern Sequel and H. G. Wells’s When The Sleeper Wakes for Magill, 1998, 1996.

“Lillo’s The London Merchant and the Discourse of Criminal Biography,” Restoration and 18th Cent. Theatre Research, V (Wint 1990).