Book Description

In June 2016, the 10th biennial Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C. S. Lewis and Friends convened at Taylor University with the special theme of “friendship.” Many of the essays and creative pieces collected in this book explore the im-portant relationships of Inklings-related authors, as well as the relationships between those authors and other, sometimes rather surprising, “friends.” The year 2016 marked the 90th anniversary of the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien - a creative friendship of epic proportions.

​What a feast! It is rare that a book of proceedings captures the energy and spirit of the conference itself: this one does. A rich assortment of insights, some light and refreshing, some deep and substantial, all well worth your time and very best attention. The five papers on Dorothy L. Sayers are wonderful; Dr. Crystal Hurd's new insights into Albert Lewis, C.S. Lewis's father, are simply priceless. I learned a great deal from this very fine collection. I recommend it.

​Diana Pavlac Glyer, Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University and author of The Company they Keep and Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.

​"The folks at Taylor University have done it again. This colloquium proceedings volume is a rich and tantalizing mix of scholarly studies, reflections, and creative work. Essays on C.S. Lewis and related authors offer responses and corrections to earlier scholarship, new insights on often-revisited themes, and fresh investigations of topics that have been seldom if ever previously addressed."

Charles Hutter, Professor Emeritus, Hope College, editor of Imagination and the Spirit

"The road of Inklings studies goes ever on and on, and few pleasures are sweeter than the fellowship along the way. Many of these conference essays illumine the relationships behind the books we love. Among the gems are an overdue recovery of Albert Lewis, new light on the Sayers-Lewis correspondence, and an account of Lewis’s debt to composer Richard Wagner. Readers who pull up a chair and a flagon with this gathering of literary rangers will find good fellowship, sound guidance, and provender for their own journeys, too."
Chris R. Armstrong, author of Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C. S. Lewis
Edited by: Joe Ricke & Rick Hill
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1. The Perils, Pitfalls, and Pleasures of Writing a New Biography of Lewis by Devin Brown

2. An Answer for Orual: C. S. Lewis as Defender of the Faith by Donald T. Williams

3. C. S. Lewis and the Problem of Prayer 
by Robert Moore-Jumonville

4. A Beast’s Best Friend: Interspecies Friendship in the Thought of C. S. Lewis by Edwin Woodruff Tait

5. Patriarchy and P’daitaBird: The Artistic Influence of Albert Lewisby Crystal Hurd

6. Friends at Home: C. S. Lewis's Social Relations at The Kilns by David Beckmann

7. Separation from the King: Tinidril and Susan’s Temptation in the Desert by Kat D. Coffin

8. The Influence of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle in C. S. Lewis’s Friendships and Writings by John MacInnis

9. Henry More and C.S. Lewis: Cambridge Platonism 
and its Influence on Lewis’s Life and Thought by Susan Wendling

10. Stories As Friends in C.S. Lewis’s Life and Work 
by Andrea Marie Catroppa

11. C. S. Lewis: Mere Christian, Evangelist, Author, and Friend by Mark R. Hall

12. Battlefield of the Mind: Examining Screwtape's Preferred Method by William O’Flaherty

13. Through the Lens of The Four Loves: Love in Perelandra by Paulette Sauders

14. C.S. Lewis and Christian Postmodernism: Jewish Laughter Reversed Kyoko Yuasa

15. Two Strategies for Defending Naturalism Against C. S. Lewis’s and Victor Reppert’s Argument From Reason by Louis J. Swingrover

16. An Ekphrasis by C. S. Lewis: “On a Picture by Chirico” by Joe R. Christopher

17. Strange Bedfellows: C.S. Lewis and Fred Hoyle 
By Kristine Larsen


includes 10 colloquium photos