The Theology of George MacDonald



This week, we present a book review on MacDonald’s theology by Dale Nelson. MacDonald will be the focus at the upcoming Inklings Festival.



Unless I Ache by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 12 by Phillip Neal Tippin

Untitled (Weary Wanderer) by Benjamin Rozonoyer


Bank Holiday Ditties: Why are the old songs dead or dying? That is a question which might be properly answered in a volume, but not in a paragraph. It is one of many questions which are all one question. Why, when we want to build a church, are we compelled to copy a mode of architecture which has been dead for four hundred years?

Machen: One of the Happiest Days in My Life…

Rohlin,+Richard-1200wAkboritha Update: The second impression of Richard W. Rohlin’s Akboritha will be released at the upcoming Inklings Festival in Wichita, Kansas during the weekend of October 21-23, 2022. As one of the lecturers at the event, Richard will be available to sign copies. The book will be listed for online purchase by the first of November.

Low Stock: We are down to the final two copies of A Secret Language by Arthur Machen.


Seven Images of Opposition by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 11 by Phillip Neal Tippin


md22480022120Sir George Alexander: The circumstances were these. I had “gone on the stage” in middle life. 1 was painfully aware of my ignorances, awkwardnesses, incapacities in my new career, and of my age, in which all the joints both of mind and body are stiffened. With every gesture, every step, every word, I shuddered inwardly, learning that I was making a dreadful fool of myself. …


GMGeorge MacDonald at the Inklings Festival: Registration is open for the upcoming Eighth Day Institute event scheduled for October 21-23, 2022. Geoffrey Reiter and Richard W. Rohlin will be the keynote lecturers. Darkly Bright Press will be there with new publications. Stay tuned for more information.


To You The Cursed by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 8 by Phillip Neal Tippin


arthur-1920wFascination of Crime and Criminals: If you would appreciate the light, you must have some notion of dark, if you would make a child realise what is implied by the term a “straight line” draw one—with a crooked line beside it. … Those who would know to what heights men may rise must know also to what depths they are capable of descending. The saint is to be deduced from a careful observation of the sinner.

A Library of Wildflowers…


Observances by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 7 by Phillip Neal Tippin

As The Day Had Just Begun by Benjamin Rozonoyer


31175526455The Romance of an Old Manuscript: Of course, this may be said: that there are such folks, which have deceived and deceive still. There was a scholar of the Renaissance who maintained that pretty well the whole of classic literature was forged in the middle ages by unscrupulous monks, but I don’t think that anybody believed him. Indeed, the fact is that the task is so difficult that scarcely anyone has even attempted it. …

To the Seaside…



Here And In A Thousand by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 6 by Phillip Neal Tippin

The Hermit Speaks by Benjamin Rozonoyer


220px-Pullman_car_exteriorOn Going to Brighton by Pullman: And the sun was radiant. I have seldom seen so luminous and splendid a day, and this sunlight shining on the bright red tile roofs, and the bright white plaster of the walls, and the bright green of the trees made a delightful scene. The suburb looked illuminated. At least that is how I put it to myself. A man on the other side of the car said affectionately to his friend “some nice property there”; and I dare say we meant much the same thing.

Akboritha… Out-of-Print

Akboritha-soft-cover-webWithin a week of its publication, the limited edition print run of Richard W. Rohlin’s Akboritha has now sold out. Many thanks to all of Richard’s supporters. We are pleased to announce that the softcover version will be re-released in a second impression and will launch at the 2022 Inklings Festival in Wichita this October. Richard, a lecturer for the event, will be available to sign copies. Also, this new impression will be open to international customers.

Personally, I am grateful to Richard for trusting my small, one-man operation with his visionary work. I express apologies for my shortcomings. Special thanks to all lovers of beautiful, physical books, and of storytelling which is grounded in first principles and that which awakens the moral imagination.

Christopher Tompkins
Darkly Bright Press

With Gratitude…

Akboritha-soft-cover-webAs of this posting, there remains less than 10 copies of Richard W. Rohlin’s Akboritha for purchase. Both Richard and I are grateful for the show of support, and as a result, we are happy and excited to announce that future projects are being planned. Again, thanks to all of his supporters.


Orthodox by Joshua Alan Sturgill

The Pilgrimage, Book II: Part 4 by Phillip Neal Tippin


George Moore

The English Language: Is Mr. George Moore right in his gloomy prophecy as to the future of the English language? Interviewed in the Fortnightly, he declares that if English is to have any future—“which I doubt”—it will be in America. “You are still inventing a language while we have stopped…