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Mark A. Noll is the Francis A. McAnancy Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Notre Dame. His many other books include A History of Christianity on the Untied States and Canada. The Civil War as a Theological Crisis, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, and America's God: From näytä lisää Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln. näytä vähemmän
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The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (1995) 1,334 kappaletta
The Search for Christian America (1983) 238 kappaletta
Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia (2011) — Tekijä — 104 kappaletta
Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology (2004) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 101 kappaletta
Voices from the Heart: Four Centuries of American Piety (1987) — Toimittaja — 51 kappaletta
Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be (2019) — Toimittaja — 48 kappaletta
Seasons of Grace (1997) 35 kappaletta
Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (1999) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
Mehr als Schein 1 kappale

Associated Works

Latin Letters of C.S. Lewis (1988) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset146 kappaletta
Handbook of Evangelical Theologians (1993) — Avustaja — 107 kappaletta
Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (1986) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta
A Documentary History of Religion in America since 1877 (2003) — Toimittaja, eräät painokset99 kappaletta
The Unfettered Word: Southern Baptists Confront the Authority-Inerrancy Question (1987) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset50 kappaletta
The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism (2004) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology (2010) — Avustaja — 39 kappaletta
Renewing the Evangelical Mission (2013) — Avustaja — 38 kappaletta

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Summary: An analysis of how C. S. Lewis’s works were received in the United States, considering Catholic, secular, and Protestant/evangelical critics evaluating his work between 1935 and 1947.

Even before the widespread interest in C.S. Lewis due to the Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis was being read in both religious and secular circles in the United States from the mid-1930’s and through the 1940’s. In this latest in the Hansen Lectureship Series at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, American historian Mark A. Noll offers three lectures that analyzed the critical reception and growing interest in Lewis’s works of scholarship, fiction, and theology. Successively, he explores the reception Lewis received among Catholics, in the secular and mainstream media, and among both mainline Protestants and evangelicals, who were late but eventually enthusiastic adopters.

It came as a delightful surprise that Catholics in the U.S. were among his earliest and most appreciative readers. In part, Noll believes that Lewis was a fresh, yet for the most part, orthodox voice that offered a friendly path out of a certain stagnant isolation, reflecting the undercurrent of change developing in the church. Responses ranged from the early and effusive praise of The Pilgrim’s Regress by Fr. Conway, CSP in Catholic World to Philip Donnelly’s criticism of Lewis’s account of “adoptive sonship” in Beyond Personality (later part of Mere Christianity). Other critics had concerns about his doctrine of the church and his ideas about natural law put forth in The Abolition of Man. The high watermark of criticism came from Charles Brady of Canisius College, who read everything Lewis wrote, understood him as well as anyone in this era, and wrote two glowing essays for America that are reprinted at the end of this work.

With regard to secular critics, Noll considers in succession Lewis’s scholarly and imaginative works, and finally his works of Christian exposition. Lewis drew general praise for both The Allegory of Love and for his Preface to Paradise Lost. A number affirmed his argument against E. M. W. Tillyard in The Personal Heresy that in criticism of a poet’s work, the focus should be on the subject matter of the poem and not the poet. Regarding the imaginative works, Noll describes the public as responding “ecstatically.” Noll highlight’s W.H. Auden’s review of The Great Divorce in The Saturday Review combining general praise with fine-grained critique. The widest range of critical opinion was reserved for his works of Christian exposition, from the long-searching response of Charles Hartshorne to a review in the New York Herald Tribune from a young Beloit College professor, Chad Walsh, who would quickly become know as a leading exponent of his work.

Apart from a patronizing review in The Christian Century, Protestants joined their secular counterparts in their warm reception of Lewis. Substantial interest among evangelicals in Lewis first came from conservative Presbyterians in the Westminster seminary circle as well as the first substantive criticism, particularly from a young Edmund Clowney. Wheaton’s Clyde Kilby represented a much more positive response to Lewis as did Wheaton student Elizabeth Howard (Eliot). Kilby’s work led to the donation of Lewis’s letters to Wheaton, forming the core of what would become the Wade Center collection. InterVarsity’s His Magazine also contributed to the growing awareness of Lewis in evangelical circles when it published a lengthy excerpt from The Case For Christianity.

Noll concludes the work in considering Lewis in today’s much more fragmented setting and what might be learned from Lewis’s greater concern for the state of his soul as a writer than the success of his work. The work also includes responses to each lecture. I found most interesting in these Kirk Farney’s discussion of two American contemporaries of Lewis who were also intelligent spokespersons for Christianity: Walter A. Maier of The Lutheran Hour and Bishop Fulton J. Sheen of The Catholic Hour. and the wide interest from people outside the church they enjoyed, as did Lewis. I can’t help wonder if there remains a space for such folk today. I’m thinking for example of the broad impact of the late Timothy Keller and the younger voices like Esau McCaulley and writers like Tish Harrison Warren.

Noll offers an excellent resource (aided by his wife) chronicling the early reviews of Lewis’s work, which I’ve only highlighted here. I’m struck that Catholics were early adopters and evangelicals relative latecomers. I’m impressed with the theological and scholarly sophistication of the writers and the elegant style of reviewers like Brady. How different things are in the BookTok era! This is a great resource for Lewis scholars and fans and a marvelous addition to the Hansen Lectureship series on the seven authors in the Wade Collection.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review.
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Required reading during one of my classes at Dordt College.
 
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SrMaryLea | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 22, 2023 |
A good discussion of how the core credal Christian beliefs provide a firm foundation for scholarship in every field.
 
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