What is Eucatastrophe 101?

eucatastrophe1Eucatastrophe” is a word-invention of my favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien. It means “good catastrophe.” Tolkien coined it to explain the unpredictable redemption that is won in the midst of unimaginable loss. Although he claimed that every good fantasy/fairie story must contain eucatastrophe to be believable, his standard was not fiction. He learned from the Great Eucatastrophe, the Story that all others wish they were.

This blog is committed to finding and spreading joy through the Great Eucatastrophe… through the person and work of the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, and now exalted King Jesus.

For a taste of Ecuatastrophe check out my sermon…“Good Friday–the Great Eucatastrophe”.


7 responses to “What is Eucatastrophe 101?

  1. Sam E

    May 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    You’re going to like the move, I think!

  2. Vicki

    June 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Still like this title…it’s a keeper I think.

  3. George Rogers

    June 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for spreading a little taste of the “Great Eucatastrophe” in our neck of the woods today. John 4:23

  4. Todd Vossen

    December 6, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Hey Joshua. Just wondering if you could contact me. I will be planting a church in Maine soon. Thanks!

  5. Todd Vossen

    December 6, 2008 at 9:40 am

  6. Martin LaBar

    December 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Tolkien seems to have invented the word, but he may not have invented the concept. It so happens that, in my post of today, I quote George MacDonald, who influenced C. S. Lewis quite a bit. MacDonald paints a picture that looks like eucatastrophe to me.

  7. joshuaotte

    December 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Martin, excellent quote from MacDonald. I wonder who influenced MacDonald?


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