Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil
:The battle between good and evil?in both the seen and unseen worlds?was as clearly at play in the era of C.S. Lewis and his friends in the Oxford literary group, the Inklings, as in our own era. Some of the...
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:The battle between good and evil?in both the seen and unseen worlds?was as clearly at play in the era of C.S. Lewis and his friends in the Oxford literary group, the Inklings, as in our own era. Some of the members of the Inklings carried physical and psychological scars from World War One which led them to deeply consider the problem of evil during the dark era of World War Two. Were they alive today, their view of a spiritual conflict behind physical battles would undoubtedly be reinforced. Among the Inklings, Lewis was at the forefront of writing on human pain, suffering, devilry, miracles and the supernatural, with books like The Screwtape Letters and more. It is no surprise, then, that he provides the main focus of this book by expert Inklings writer Colin Duriez. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy offers another rich resource with much to say to the World War Two era and beyond. Other Inklings writings and conversations come into play as well as Duriez explores the writers' considerations of evil and spiritual warfare, particularly focused in the context of wartime.Delving into the interplay between good and evil, these pages enlighten us to the way of goodness and the promise of a far country as we explore the way out of the shadow of evil.
Colin Duriez is a well-known authority on C.S. Lewis, and the author of The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia, A Field Guide to Narnia, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and He frequently lectures on both radio and television about the author's life and works. His most recent works are Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life and Field Guide To Harry Potter.
- <strong>part I: Understanding Evil During A Time Of War</strong>
- 1.the Cosmic Battle: C. S. Lewis In Wartime2. Devilry And The Problem Of Hell: <em>the Screwtape Letters</em>
- 3. Spiritual Conflict: Inklings In Wartime4. Images Of The Dark Side: The Lord Of The Rings5. Right And Wrong As A Clue To Meaning: <em>the Problem Of Pain</em> And <em>mere Christianity</em>
- 6. Exploring What Is Wrong With The World: The Cosmic Trilogy
- <strong>part Ii: The Intersection Of Good And Evil</strong>
- 7. Progress And Regress In The Journey Of Life: <em>the Pilgrim’s Regress</em>
- 8. The Divide Between Good And Bad: Tolkien’s <em>leaf By Niggle</em> And Lewis’s <em>the Great Divorce</em>
- 9. The Power Of Change: The Chronicles Of Narnia10. Pain And Love: The Four Loves, <em>till We Have Faces</em> And <em>a Grief Observed</em>
- 11. Release From Hell’s Snares: Lewis And The Road Out Of The Self To Gain The Self12. The Way Of Goodness And The Far Country: Narnia And Middle Earth
- Appendix 1. War In Heaven: The Roots Of Lewis’s Concern With Devilryappendix 2. The Spirit Of The Age: Subjectivismnotessubject Index