Antecedents and Legacies in the Anglican Tradition
Exploring a variety of themes, this collection examines the Reformation in relation to key aspects of church organization, belief, sacrament, conversion, relationships with other denominations, theological education, church and state, worship, and issues of resilience and decline. While these themes are pursued broadly, there is a particular focus on the context of the Anglican tradition in terms of Reformation preoccupations and concerns. This collection’s thematic content, chronological span, and geographical range will also challenge accepted views, deepen understanding, and highlight new areas of enquiry, bringing new research and insights to bear on established observations.
Academics will find this book of particular interest for courses on the Reformation, Early Modern Europe, and the history of Christianity.
‘Absurd Hats & Squeaky Boots’: C.S. Lewis Goes to Church
PAUL H. FRIESEN
In almost all his writing C. S. Lewis lifted the life of the mind high above biography. He despised the cult of the celebrity even while many were doing their best to turn him into one. It was a hazard not always avoided some fifty years later in the explosion of writing preceding and following the public recollection of his death, 22 November 1963 (a death date shared, famously, with J.F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley). Their very public funerals put Lewis’ requiem—pathetically—in deep shade. It was not a state of affairs Lewis would have regretted. Yet it is a state of affairs many have attempted to correct. Alister McGrath, the author of the most substantial anniversary book on Lewis, keen to debunk the American Evangelical fascination with the life of Lewis, has, along with his comments on Lewis’ ideas, offered up his own English Evangelical fair share of biographical fascination to the indefatigable Lewis industry.1
Lewis believed in the power of ideas to shape lives and, later in life, he also acknowledged the power of one’s life to shape one’s ideas—for good or ill. But for him biography was meaningless without the life of the mind that integrated a human life, and that trumped everything else that was human. As he aged Lewis was especially keen to connect key theological ideas to stories of spiritual growth—his own ‘everyman’s story’ included.
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