Examining Light Novels: Direct Access vs. Mediation

Reading Slayers called to my mind a salient difference between Protestantism and Catholicism: direct access worship vs. mediated worship.  What do I mean?  Catholicism–and Orthodox Churches, for that matter–have an order of the priesthood.  Three levels exist within the priesthood: diaconate, presbyterate, and episcopate.  The bishop has full power to perform any of the seven… Read More Examining Light Novels: Direct Access vs. Mediation

Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons

Volume thirteen stands as the most interesting of Isuna Hasekura’s three “Side Colors” volumes of Spice and Wolf so far.  This volume features a novella about the shepherdess Nora and her dog Enek.  From her adventure with Lawrence at Ruvinheigen in volume two, she gains the capital necessary to enter a seamstress apprenticeship program.  However, her… Read More Examining Light Novels: On Female Deacons