"I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it.  So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one thing more to be said, even so.  Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things--trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself.  Suppose we have.  Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.  Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world.  Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.  And that's a funny thing when you come to think of it.  We're just babies making up a game, if you're right.  But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow.  That's why I'm going to stand by the play-world.  I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it.  I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."   

- Puddleglum
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

Photo is a reproduction of an original picture of Puddleglum by Illustrator Pauline Baynes

Welcome to Puddleglum Theology!

Welcome to Puddleglum Theology! The underlying ethos behind this website is contained in the above quote. I enjoy mystery and myth, beauty and brightness. I would rather take a stand for the world of story than suffer under the burden of mere fact.  Not that facts are not useful, or reason an integral part of living and knowing.  But, as Madeleine L'Engle expresses, "if we limit ourselves to the possible and provable...we render ourselves incapable of change and growth, and that is something that should never end." (The Rock That Is Higher, 100)  She continues: "perhaps it is the child within us who is able to recognize the truth of story--the mysterious, the numinous, the unexplainable--and the grown-up within us who accepts these qualities with joy but understands that we also have responsibilities, that a promise is to be kept, homework is to be done, that we ow other people courtesy and consideration, and that we need help to care for our planet because it's the only one we've got." (TRTIH, 100)  Perhaps my outlook on life can be more accurately portrayed by another quote from C.S. Lewis, this time from an essay on "Three Ways of Writing for Children," "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so.  Now that I am fifty I read them openly.  When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." (On Stories, 34)  

I sincerely believe that there is more to life than we can accurately portray with mere facts, more to truth than statistics and analytical thinking can produce.  I do not always live like a child, but I deeply desire that way of life.  I want to wonder again, to be in awe more often, to wrestle with the unknown under a dark moon and somehow end up with both a blessing and a new name.  I want to celebrate mystery, all the while seeking to understand.  I want to be joyful, knowing full well how grim things truly are.  I want to love indiscriminately, and fight injustice passionately.  I hope that you'll join me.

On this website you'll find a page that reproduces my blog: There Is No Fear In Love, a growing compendium of quotes from my favorite authors, a discussion page where I'll post questions/thoughts for discussion, and a collection of articles and stories appropriate to the Puddleglum Theology theme.  So, again, welcome to Puddleglum Theology!

-Marcus Hong

Gathered from the Glum Gazette

  • New Quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer Added to the Wigwam Word Archive Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man who lived his convictions.  He fought and died for the truth in which he believed.  A theologian from Germany who ended up an integral part ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2009, 7:48 PM by Marcus Hong
  • New Quote from N.T. Wright Added to the Wigwam Word Archive Hey Folks, a new quote added to the WWA today, this from Bishop N.T. Wright, author of a mound of books on the New Testament, Theology, History, and a ...
    Posted Sep 13, 2009, 6:46 PM by Marcus Hong
  • New Quote from Augustine of Hippo Added to the Wigwam Word Archive In pondering the now eighth anniversary of a tragedy that shook the United States, I took time to ask what quote would be most appropriate.  Looking around me, I wondered ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2009, 6:09 AM by Marcus Hong
  • New Quote from C.S. Lewis Added to the Wigwam Word Archive Our quoting returns both to non-lyrical passages and to the source of this website: C.S. Lewis.  The excerpted material for the day comes from Lewis' Reflections on the ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2009, 8:16 PM by Marcus Hong
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