In 2018, Taylor University hosted its biennial Lewis & Friends Colloquium, a premiere gathering of international scholars and thinkers designed to consider the writing and ideas of C. S. Lewis and other like-minded authors. A new book, The Faithful Imagination, documents the thought and captures the excitement of that event.
Edited by Taylor University faculty members Joe Ricke and Ashley Chu, The Faithful Imagination is now available for purchase online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is also may be purchased at The Bishop’s Nook, Taylor’s new campus store. The volume is packed with important scholarly essays, creative pieces, and reflections, marking it as a major publishing event in the field of Inklings Studies.
C. S. Lewis, one of the 20th century’s most influential thinkers and writers, authored the popular children’s novels, The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as theology, apologetics, literary criticism, science fiction, and poetry. Lewis’s circle of literary friends, known as The Inklings, included fellow authors J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Dorothy Sayers, Warren Lewis (Lewis’ brother), and others.
The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University houses the Brown Collection, one of the premiere collections of Lewis’s works in the world, as well as a superb collection of other authors who influenced Lewis or whom Lewis influenced.
Since 1997, the Lewis & Friends Colloquium has been sponsored and hosted by Taylor University and features groundbreaking research on these important authors. The new book includes over 400 pages of critical essays, poems, conference photographs, and reflection essays recreating the unique atmosphere and experience of the Lewis & Friends gathering.
“We live in a world that desperately needs more of the Inklings’ wit, wisdom, and winsomeness,” said Devin Brown, Professor of English at Asbury University and author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis. “The Faithful Imagination contains something for everyone and represents one of the few new places where such things can be found.”
“There is magic when diverse minds delight in shared discovery – that is how the Inklings came to be, and it is how their legacy shall continue, as one sees and reads in this unique collection,” writes Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, co-editor of Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald & the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy. “The Lewis & Friends Colloquium is a rare learning environment, a taste of which is found in these pages.”