Defending the Faith: 'Les Miserables' teaches how God's truth is lovable

In my early adulthood, Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" had attained cult status, and derivative fantasy epics, designed by other authors dreaming of similar success, clogged bookstore shelves. Mostly forgettable, they've mostly been forgotten.

I suspect that Tolkien's works have endured, along with C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia," not only because they were brilliantly written but because their implicit religious themes resonate with readers in a way their often shallow imitations didn't.

So, too, I believe, with the remarkable ongoing success of the musical "Les Miserables," due to appear soon in film. It's profoundly and overtly religious.

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