I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. - C.S. Lewis
"Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours." - C.S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis and the Myth of Love: Four Facts and Two Questions

On October 11th at Houston Baptist University, I’ll begin a series of lectures called C. S. Lewis and the Myth of Love: (Un)veiling the Mysteries of Till We Have Faces. Anyone who has stood close to me for the last decade knows that Lewis’s last novel, “A Myth Retold,” has been the subject of my exclusive […]

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C. S. Lewis 101: A Brief Introduction

Who was C. S. Lewis? Why should you care? In this hour-long talk, I answered those questions for Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on 26 March 2017. Enjoy!

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Creed or Screed? C. S. Lewis Weighs In to the Election Season

Very glad to share a few thoughts on C. S. Lewis and the current political rhetoric on Christian Century’s Then and Now blog. Thanks to Eddie Carson for the chance. As this campaign season reels recklessly, leaving a wake of increasing intolerance, those holding differing opinions can find little common ground. Past seasons of “come, […]

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“Ithaka”: A Villanelle and Reflection (reposted gratefully from my latest All Nine blog) Well, sometimes they come fairly easily. At the start of this good year, this month’s challenge arrived: reflect on epic. And that proved pretty easy, for the idea leaped pretty fully-formed about something I’ve long wanted to do. Ever since I taught […]

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A New Year’s Prayer

My first words of this New Year–perhaps they’ll help? Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord.  O good and gracious God, at the rising of this day, this new year, all our loves both new and old, in the midst of this good life, Let the end of this day, this year, these […]

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A Week at the Wade: Monday, 17 March 2014

During the week of Spring Break, I’ve planned a week of research at the amazing Marion E. Wade Center on the campus of Wheaton College. I’ve visited many, many times over the years. Ever time I return, this place feels more like home. This morning I arrived to a warm greeting by Laura Schmidt, and […]

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C. S. Lewis Got it Wrong: A Reliable Date for Theistic Conversion?

(NB: This expanded version contains some significant information edited out of the First Things version, which they edited for space.) In March of 2013, a debate began here about Alister McGrath’s new biography of C. S. Lewis and the re-dating of Lewis’s Theistic conversion. Since then, an unpublished autobiographical manuscript of that conversion has come […]

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Little is Much

In Matthew 9: 22 (ESV) “Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.” God turned to her. He saw her. He told her to take heart, and He called her “daughter.” And He affirmed that the thing she had wanted for so long […]

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Did C. S. Lewis Get It Wrong?

A Newly-Transcribed Manuscript Corrects the Chronology of C. S. Lewis’s Theistic Conversion For me it all began, not with a picture, but with an overheard conversation. Last summer, while at the delightful Marion E. Wade Center doing research for a book project on Till We Have Faces, I eavesdropped a discussion concerning an unpublished manuscript […]

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Where was God in Sandy Hook?

I grow so tired of the question, “Where was God in Sandy Hook?” Where was God in Sandy Hook? He was there in every single closet and cupboard and bathroom, standing with those poor children, just as He shall the rest of their unfathomably traumatized lives. He will comfort and heal, long after we forget […]

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Favorite Quotes

“When one has read a book, I think there is nothing so nice as discussing it with some one else– even though it sometimes produces rather fierce arguments.”
– C. S. Lewis, Collected Letters Vol. I, p. 173

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“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing…

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