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 was delighted with a brief visit by Associate Director Marj Mead. I soon settled in to...
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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 Since then, an unpublished autobiographical manuscript of that conversion has come to light, settling the question...
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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 had been done in her life. And He pointed not to His own...
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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E. Wade Center doing research for a book project on Till We Have Faces, I eavesdropped a discussion concerning an unpublished manuscript by C. S. Lewis that had been labeled as an...
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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 this terrible, dark day. Where was He? He was standing beside those brave...
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