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 Since then, an unpublished autobiographical manuscript of that conversion has come to light, settling the question...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E. Wade Center doing research for a book project on Till We Have Faces, I eavesdropped a discussion concerning an unpublished manuscript by C. S. Lewis that had been labeled as an...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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A World Aflame with Words

A World Aflame with Words: Musing on Malcolm Guite’s “On being told my poetry was found in a broken photo-copier” Note: By day, I work as a high school English teacher, regularly cajoling, threatening, wooing, enticing, bribing, and even tricking teenagers into reading thoroughly and, if and when at all possible, enjoying their reading, especially poetry. As such, I covet such kind thoughts...
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Some Time Still

Many thanks again, both to Kelly Belmonte for prodding me to guest post, and to Holly Ordway for indefatigable help in editing a half a dozen drafts of this! Some Time Still Emily Dickinson says: The soul selects her own society, Then shuts the door; On her divine majority Obtrude no more. Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing At her low gate; Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling Upon her...
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