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    How does one search for the hidden realms of thought – and beneath them, to the source of being, from which thought emerges fresh and drenched in inspiration? You have found the website for Christopher (Clifton E.) Lewis, published poet and writer, father, husband, and Orthodox subdeacon. Here you can find a wealth of creativity and inspiration from poetry, prose, ramblings, and serious articles, mostly about writing, teaching, or theology. Please make yourself at home. Up on the bar above or down below to the left you can click on a particular type of writing to read from. Straight below you can see the latest blog entries and other tools to get you where you would like to go. Please feel free to join the conversation on orthodoxillumination; I'd love to hear from you.

Embers out of the sky

    Embers out of the sky dry forests vomiting the smoke that inters your dreams swallowing the rugged mountain homes that have been here so long, turning red eyes toward the sleeping valley.   Where were we dancing when the wind first began to speak? There was a wedding somewhere, cloudless music among the … Continue reading

What the Orthodox Church offers:

What the Orthodox Church offers:   A guide to understanding the Holy Scriptures in the truest and most meaningful manner, and to live in accordance with the life-giving commandments of Christ. This is exemplified best in the lives and the writings of the Holy Fathers and Mothers, of whom most Western Christians know far too … Continue reading

The Natchez Treasure

Now Available on Amazon.com The Natchez Treasure This romance of the Old South moves down the Mississippi into the beautiful lake and bayou country of southwest Louisiana, through the early history of the Lake Charles area and the legend of Lafitte’s treasure on Contraband Bayou. A philosophical element explores my youthful fascination with Masonic and … Continue reading

About Mithradates the Great of Pontus

  Mithradates, “Gift of Mithra”, even more so than his forefather Alexander the Great, strove to fulfill Plato’s idea of the enlightened ruler, the “philosopher king”. Combining in himself the mystical traditions of ancient Greece and Persia and all the East, his Black Sea kingdom was fiercely opposed to the growing shadow of Roman conquest. … Continue reading

Gift of the Gods, Part IV

The Gift of the Gods: The Tragedy of Mithridates the Great of Pontos     Chapter Eight     The king sat on a rock, just out of the reach of angry waves on the Black Sea shore. The winter sunset spoke of violence far out to sea. There was a break in the clouds, … Continue reading

About John Robert Martin

    Unfortunately there are now only a very few people who knew John Robert Martin, or had any idea what kind of a person he was. A brilliant mind absolutely exploding with rapid-fire comprehension, an overpowering extravert and yet sensitive and respectful, quick to assess another person’s entire depths and quick to adjust his … Continue reading