A LifeU Special Presentation
Two reluctant prophets: C. S. Lewis & Dorothy Sayers
Thursday, July 15, 7 – 8:30 pm
Sanctuary and online
This event will be offered both online at live.saintandrews.org and in-person in the Sanctuary.
Sponsored by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, The Institute of Theological and Interdisciplinary Studies and Christos Center for Spiritual Formation
No registration required and all are welcome.
The presenters for this event are Crystal and David Downing, co-directors of the Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College.
The Marion E. Wade Center is renowned as the foremost archive of the literary treasury of many British writers of the 20th century, including C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and their inspiration from the previous century, George MacDonald.
- David Downing: “The Most Reluctant Convert”: This talk traces the spiritual journey of C. S. Lewis from a “foul-mouthed atheist” in his teens and twenties to one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century. After wandering through mazes of materialism, occultism, and pantheism, Lewis rejoined the household of faith in his early 30s, becoming an effective Christian apologist precisely because he had weighed so many alternative philosophies and found them wanting.
- Crystal Downing: “The Most Scandalous Prophet”: Dorothy L. Sayers profoundly influenced the spiritual life of Lewis—but not before causing one of the biggest religious scandals to rock 20th century England. This talk explains how Sayers became a reluctant prophet, leading thousands to take Christianity seriously for the first time in their lives. Just as she mentored Lewis’s faith, she can guide skeptics and believers today into culture-changing Christianity.