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Jeremy Kwok

Jeremy grew up in Sydney before moving to the United States for tertiary studies. Jeremy completed the BA, MA (History), and M.Div degrees before returning to Australia with his wife Debbie. He currently works for Christian Education Ministries, a company that owns and operates private schools.


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    Thanks for this Jeremy, I wish I’d read enough Christian literature to make a contribution!

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    Probably not what you are after, although Tolkien was a Christian, but the Lord of the Rings has some memorable scenes of death that are both stirring and thought provoking.
    My favourites are Theoden’s death where he says, “I go to my fathers, in whose mighty company, I shall now not be ashamed.”
    Shadows of Hebrews 12:1 in there perhaps, “Wherefore seeing we surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…”

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    My second favourite from Tolkien is when Boromir is dying and Aragorn finds him against the tree. He has a death bed conversion and his final words are words of loyalty and love to Aragorn, “I would have followed you, my brother, my captain, my king.”

    The book has slightly different words but I think these words from the movie capture the essence of Boromir’s conversion.

    I have a few more if you would indulge me Jeremy. Thanks for this post by the way.

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    Jeremy Kwok

    Thanks so much! Would love to hear some more!

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    In literature, it’s pretty hard to argue that there is a better ending than Dicken’s “Tale of two cities”. The hero, Sydney Carton, redeemed from a life of alcoholism and debauchery by taking the place of a man Charles Darnay that looks exactly like him, his enemy in life but they become friends. Charles is about to be guillotined but Sydney switches places and before he dies he says “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I ever have done; it is a far, far better rest that I go, than I ever have known.”


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    I think “Tale of two cities” is the most overtly Christian of Dicken’s novels, with the theme of redemption, especially of the main characters, the substitutionary aspect of the salvation of Charles Darnay, yet with the very clever twist of the alcoholic lawyer Carton taking the place of the almost sinless Darnay. Only a Christian would pick up on that.

    Another of my favourite authors is Victor Hugo, who was also a Christian, of sorts.
    I love his Bishop of Digne in Les Miserables, a memorable character as well as a good example for the aspiring pastor. Anyway, in Les Miserables, Jean Valjean’s death in that novel is excellent, the first time I read it I wept unashamedly. Everyone should read that book, it is good for the soul.

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    Jason Harris

    I absolutely love J. R. R. Tolkien’s description of death… the description is from a dream Frodo has in the books, but in the movie, it is described by Gandalf:

    Pippin: “I didn’t think it would end this way…”

    Gandalf: “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it…”

    Pippin: “What? Gandalf? See what?”

    Gandalf: “White shores… and beyond a far green country under a swift sunrise…”

    Pippin: “That isn’t so bad.”

    Gandalf: “No. No it isn’t.”

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