C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated. In Part 2 of this series, producer Frank Faulk looks at C.S. Lewis's conversion from atheism to Christianity, and his deep friendship with Tolkien, Barfield and Williams. Together Lewis and his three friends would forge a radical critique of modernity's reductionist, mechanistic and materialistic understanding of reality. It is a critique that today remains more relevant than ever.
Participants in Part 2Malcolm Guite
: The Reverend Dr. Malcolm Guite is a chaplain at Cambridge University, where he also teaches and lectures literature and theology. He is a published author and poet, and has also put together a wonderful series of talks on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, which can be heard at his website
is the Co-Director of The Inklings Institute of Canada. Hilder is also the author of a three-volume study of Lewis and gender. The third and most recent volume is titled Surprised by the Feminine: A Re-Reading of C.S. Lewis and GenderAlister McGrath
is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College London. He is also the author of the recently published C.S. Lewis A Life: Eccentric Genius and Reluctant Prophet. Ralph C. Wood
is Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is also the author of The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle Earth
. Related Websites:The Owen Barfield Literary EstateImago Arts Canada
is a non-profit organization devoted to exploring faith through the arts.