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

Examining Light Novels: the Monastic Origin of European Civilization

Volume ten of Spice and Wolf is remarkable for how much mercantile intrigue is centered around Blondel Abbey in Winfiel, which no doubt has its antecedents in England’s Cistercian Abbey of Rievaulx.  Both favored wool production and became their country’s chief exporter of wool.  (Yes, Winfiel is essentially England.  The country is an island, wool is… Read More Examining Light Novels: the Monastic Origin of European Civilization