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C. S. Lewis and Friends: Faith and the Power of Imagination

, 2011
ISBN: 9780281062249


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C. S. Lewis is one of the best loved and most engaging Christian writers of modern times, and he continues to be a powerful defender of the faith. In his imaginative fiction, his genius finds its fullest expression and makes its most lasting theological contribution. Lewis and his group of friends—famously known as the “Inklings”—employed powerfully creative imaginations to explore the profundities of Christian thought and their struggles with their faith. This book contains illuminating essays on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rose Macaulay and Austin Farrer.

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  • Explores the fiction of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Austin Farrer, and others
  • Examines how complex theological thought is expressed in fiction
  • Illuminates the literary ruminations of some of the “Inklings” of Oxford
  • Introduction: “Faith, Reason, and Imagination,” by David Hein and Edward Henderson
  • “C. S. Lewis: Reason, Imagination, and Knowledge,” by Peter J. Schakel
  • “Austin Farrer: The Sacramental Imagination,” by Edward Henderson
  • “Dorothy L. Sayers: War and Redemption,” by Ann Loades
  • “Charles Williams: Words, Images, and (the) Incarnation,” by Charles Hefling
  • “Rose Macauley: A Voice from the Edge,” by David Hein
  • “J. R. R. Tolkien: His Sorrowful Vision of Joy,” by Ralph C. Wood
C. S. Lewis and Friends is particularly strong on the subjects of faith, reason, and their relation. What members of Lewis’s circle have to say on these topics is of contemporary relevance at every turn. . . . The authors of this book typically strike just the right balance between a survey of the figure at the heart of the particular chapter and a presentation of some specific examples of their theological interests. . . . The result is an ideal, more theological, book to put alongside Humphrey Carpenter’s group biography The Inklings.

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  • Title: C. S. Lewis and Friends: Faith and the Power of Imagination
  • Editors: David Hein and Edward H. Henderson
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 176

David Hein is professor and chair of religion and philosophy at Hood College. He is also the author of Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the Twentieth Century.

Edward H. Henderson is professor of philosophy at Louisiana State University. He is the co-editor, with Brian Hebblethwaite, of Divine Action: Studies Inspired by the Philosophical Theology of Austin Farrar.


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