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New Titles Tuesday, February 22

Here’s a selection of new books and streaming media added to the collection in the past week.

 A dramatic Pentecostal/Charismatic anti-theodicy: improvising on a divine performance of lament /Stephen C. Torr ; foreword by David Cheetham. This study, drawing on Kevin Vanhoozer’s dramatic approach to theology, argues that the way God calls us to perform as we seek to communicate with him is to lament, and to do so with the aid of the Holy Spirit. This book seeks to show how a performance of lament is conducive to such theology and practice while acting as a much-needed corrective to certain aspects of it. What is provided here is therefore relevant reading for both scholars and pastors alike, particularly of Pentecostal/Charismatic church tradition, who grapple with the realities of suffering and the questions such realities produce.

A dynamic reading of the Holy Spirit in Revelation: a theological reflection on the functional role of the Holy Spirit in the narrative /Hee Youl Lee. A Dynamic Reading of the Holy Spirit in Revelation attempts to read the book of Revelation in a new way as a narrative, embracing literary elements such as plot, point of view, narrative voice, character, and story structure to help readers discover its meanings by tracing the story anew. Lee’s unique narrative perspective offers readers a bird’s-eye view to experience four levels of the story: heaven, earth, abyss, and the lake of fire. Lee develops a theological account of John’s pneumatology and surely extends Christian pneumatology, a doctrine inseparable from the life of the church. Lee portrays the book of Revelation as a mission-oriented book that tells how the kingdom of God will be built in this world through spiritual warfare, rather than as a book of eschatology

Borderlands: the art and scholarship of Louise Imogen Guiney : with selections from Guiney’s poetry, essays, and letters /edited by Jonathan Nauman and Holly Faith Nelson. (TWU Author) The first edited collection of original essays ever published on Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), Irish American poet, essayist, editor, literary critic, and epistolist, and the first volume to anthologise a selection of both her poetry and prose.

 Down to earth: Christian hope and climate change /Richard A. Floyd. Jurgen Moltmann and Sallie McFague offer two contemporary possibilities for an ecological eschatology. Floyd critiques both of these theological visions and traces an alternative that is both humble and hopeful, arguing that a down-to-earth hope is grounded finally in beauty: the beauty of the other that draws out the self, the beauty of the redeemed self, coming out to meet the other, and the beauty of God that lures forth ever-new possibilities and gathers up all the beautiful and broken creatures into the deepest possible harmony.

 Esther and her elusive God: how a secular story functions as Scripture /John Anthony Dunne ; with a foreword by Ronald W. Pierce. Esther and Her Elusive God calls Christians to avoid the common attempts to make Esther more palatable and theological, and to reclaim this secular story as Scripture. Readers will be encouraged to see in Esther a profound message of God’s grace and faithfulness to his wayward people.

Exile: a myth unearthed /directed by: Ilan Ziv ; produced by: Amit Breuer, Serge Gordey, Christine Camdessus, Colette Loumède, Ilan Ziv It has been depicted in artwork and lamented in poetry and prayer for nearly 2,000 years: the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland in the first century AD, following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. But what if the exile never happened? That is the central, provocative question of Exile: A Myth Unearthed, a documentary that looks at the exile through the lenses of archaeology, history, myth and religion, asking what it means for our understanding of history and the contemporary struggle over land in the Middle East. Since 1985, teams of archaeologists have been painstakingly unearthing artifacts from the ancient town of Sepphoris, in Galilee. Their findings are revolutionizing our knowledge of Jewish history. Exile travels from Sepphoris to Masada, from Jerusalem to the catacombs of Rome, and features interviews with leading historians and archaeologists. Throughout the film we also follow a group of tourists visiting sites in the Holy Land and hear the traditional interpretation of events such as the siege of Masada–an interpretation which stands in sharp contrast to recent evidence. The issues raised in Exile are of more than passing historical interest. The myth of exile is an essential narrative in Middle Eastern and European history, and of critical importance to both Christian and Jewish theology. And the possibility that many Jews, such as those of Sepphoris, simply remained where they lived, raises uncomfortable questions. Could some Palestinians actually be their descendants?

 Fierce light: when spirit meets action /directed by: Velcrow Ripper ; produced by: Cherilyn K. Hawrysh, Gerry Flahive, Mark Achbar, Betsy Carson, Silva Basmajian Fueled by the belief that another world is possible, acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes us on a global journey tracing spiritual activism’s historical roots and capturing the powerful personalities that are igniting a new wave of spiritual action around the globe. Martin Luther King called it love in action Gandhi called it soul force Featuring Visionary Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hahn; Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Alice Walker; Famed Tree-Sitter, Julia Butterfly Hill; and Hollywood celebrity turned activist, Daryl Hannah

 For I was hungry and you gave me food: pragmatics of food access in the Gospel of Matthew /Carol Bakker Wilson ; foreword by Warren Carter. rovides a pragmatic lens and a new descriptive paradigm of food access in the first century. The perspective and model are useful for analyzing passages concerned with life-and-death issues of the Matthean community–or situations for any other Christian community, past or present. Should not every person have enough food to sustain physical life?

 Gertie /directed by: Winsor McCay ; produced by: Michael Fukushima, Marcel Jean, Donald Crafton, Marco de Blois, David L. Nathan ; production agencies: La Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal). GERTIE THE DINOSAUR (1914) is considered the first-ever character animation film, created by pioneering American cartoonist, animator, and impresario, Winsor McCay. In the film, Gertie interacts with her surroundings but also with her creator, McCay, who stands on stage in front of the screen.

 Gossiping Jesus: the oral processing of Jesus in John’s gospel /John W. Daniels, Jr. This innovative study of John’s Gospel looks at the text through the lens of a routinely misunderstood mode of speech, namely, gossip. Focusing on talk about Jesus in John, the author unpacks the intricate relationship between gossip and various social dynamics of Jesus’world, demonstrating how they collude to construct Jesus’identity. Ultimately, it is suggested that John presents a Jesus whose identity is elusive to both outsiders like the Pharisees and insiders like his disciples, and thus models the importance, if not the sheer necessity, of the ongoing public discourse around the question ‘Who is Jesus?’

 Letters from Pyongyang /National Film Board of Canada. Canadian-Korean filmmaker Jason Lee tells his father’s emotional story of a family torn apart by the Korean War. Together, father and son make a rare journey to the North Korean capital in search of long-lost relatives. Combining exclusive, never-before-seen footage from the North, archival images and family photographs, this deeply personal film brings to light the tragic subject of families divided by the political conflict in the two Koreas.

 Liang A-fa: China’s first preacher, 1789-1855 /George Hunter McNeur ; introduced and edited by Jonathan A. Seitz. Liang Fa holds a unique place in the history of Christianity in China. Baptized and ordained by the first Protestant missionaries to China, Liang aided the first two generations of missionaries and conducted his own work as an evangelist and writer. His most famous tract is believed to have influenced the Taiping Rebellion. While McNeur’s biography of Liang has been republished regularly in Chinese, this is the first republication in English since the 1930s. It remains the best work on an influential but little-studied figure. Annotated and with a critical introduction, this work seeks to revive scholarship on Liang as we approach the two-hundredth anniversary of his baptism.

 Literature of Luther: receptions of the Reformer /edited by A. Edward Wesley & J. Christopher Edwards. This collection of essays, which began as conference papers on the literature of Luther, seeks to initiate conversations on the many and varied receptions of the reformer. Most of the essays are interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries between literature, history, and theology. Both Catholic and Protestant voices are well represented.

 Pentecostal and Holiness statements on war and peace /edited by Jay Beaman and Brian K. Pipkin ; foreword by Titus Peachy. We have catalogued Holiness and Pentecostal denominational statements on war and peace.  This antiwar collection gives us an almost uniform picture of the early Pentecostal movement as largely pacifist in orientation. The commonality of these statements across both Holiness and Pentecostal movements is evidence they are a continuous group and not two separate movements. While their early doctrines opposed killing, many named in this book are now widely considered to be stalwarts of the Religious Right, or at least staunch supporters of Christian participation in war. Our hope is that this book will frame the official position of early Pentecostals on war and peace, and encourage Pentecostals today to reflect on their antiwar heritage.

 Perfecting the art of longing /directed by Kitra Cahana ; produced by Kat Baulu, Ariel Nasr, Annette Clarke ; production agency: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal). You perfect the art of longing by knowing where your soul is intended to be, says Rabbi Cahana in Perfecting the Art of Longing, acclaimed filmmaker Kitra Cahana’s powerful collaboration with her father. In 2011, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana suffered a devastating brainstem stroke that left him locked in, only able to communicate through the blinking of his eyes. When the pandemic lockdown hit, he found himself completely isolated and cut off from his loved ones, connecting only through screens. Using footage from security cameras, video calls and home-video archives, this experimental short film leads us on a journey through memory, family and faith, exploring the nature of connection and distance.

 Polemical preacher of joy: an anti-apocalpytic genre for Qoheleth’s message of joy /Jerome N. Douglas. This book will propose that the author of Ecclesiastes utilizes a hybrid genre in his work–an’anti-apocalyptic genre’–in order to further his message of joy. Jerome Douglas explores how recognizing the presence of an anti-apocalyptic genre within the tapestry of Ecclesiastes assists the interpreter in understanding the book.

 Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture /edited by R. Michael This volume examines how a central and paradigmatic biblical event–the exodus from Egypt–resurfaces time and again in both testaments. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of this project has allowed specialists to construct each chapter. Readers of Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture will gain a better understanding of the role of the exodus throughout the biblical canon and a deeper appreciation for its place in biblical theology.

 Ryan Reynolds: I’m a laureate? /directed by Christopher Auchter ; produced by Nicholas Klassen, Robert McLaughlin ; production agency: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal). Ryan Reynolds reflects on his childhood, family, and career — punctuated by diversions into the charitable side of Twitter to appeal to his Canadian sense of self.

 Sense and spirituality: the arts and spiritual formation /James McCullough. This book provides a modest step forward in the conversation between theological aesthetics and practical theology. Understanding aesthetics as ‘the realm of sense perception’ and spiritual formation as ‘growing capacities to participate in God’s purposes,’ McCullough suggests how these dynamics can mutually enhance each other, with the arts as an effective catalyst for this relationship. McCullough proposes an analysis of artistic communication and explores exciting examples from music, poetry, and painting, which render theoretical proposals in concrete terms.

 Starlight & other sounds /directed by Josephine Anderson ; produced by Shirley Vercruysse, Shirley Vercruysse ; production agency: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal). Documentary profile film for Governor General’s 2021 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award recipient and composer, Alexina Louie.

 The battle of the Châteauguay /National Film Board of Canada. The Battle of Châteauguay, fought in 1813 to push back American troops invading Canada, is recounted in this dramatic film by the hero of the battle, Lt-Col. Charles-Michel de Salaberry. Recreated battle scenes illustrate his military strategy. Animation is used to relate the events leading up to this important battle (the French and American revolutions, the reign of Napoleon, the naval battles between the English and the Americans, and Yankee expansionist policies). A lively history film, it provides an unusual look at the War of 1812.

 The blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and justification in Galatians: their relationship and significance for understanding Paul’s theology /Chee-Chiew Lee. This book challenges the common assumption that the Abrahamic blessing and the Spirit are equated in Gal 3:14 and points out how an accurate understanding of the relationship between these two motifs contributes significantly to appreciating Paul’s overall argument in Galatians and his theology of justification.  Given the renewed interest in Pauline justification, this book contributes to this important aspect of the Spirit’s role in future justification, which needs to be developed further in Pauline and New Testament theology.

 The essential Hayek /by Donald J. Boudreaux. While countless works have discussed the importance of Hayek and his ideas, none have focused on making his core ideas accessible to average people. This volume highlights and explains Hayek’s basic insights in plain language to ensure that his critical ideas about the nature of society are both accessible and enduring.

 The forbidden reel /directed by: Ariel Nasr ; produced by: Sergeo Kirby, Kat Baulu, Sergeo Kirby, Annette Clarke, Jane Jankovic, Linda Fong, Ariel Nasr, Stacey Tenenbaum, Fiona Lawson Baker Driven to create amidst war and chaos, Afghan filmmakers gave birth to an extraordinary national cinema. Driven to destroy, Taliban extremists set out to torch that legacy. Marvelling in the beauty and fragile power of movies, Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan.

 The oneness and simplicity of God /Barry D. Smith. Smith reaches the conclusion that there is no basis for ascribing simplicity to God. The simplicity doctrine is not found in Scripture and the traditional arguments used to establish it are unconvincing.

 The Semitic background of the term mystery in the New Testament /by Raymond E. Brown. Examining the concept of mystery in the Old Testament, the Pseudepigrapha, and the New Testament, the author concludes that the meaning of mystery can be explained on the basis of Semitic backgrounds. In the course of his investigations he sheds light not only on the meaning of mystery but also on the whole understanding of God’s redemptive purpose that lies behind Paul’s use of the word.

 The storm /directed by: Monica Kidd ; produced by: Annette Clarke, Annette Clarke ; production agency: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal) A doctor as well as a filmmaker, Monica Kidd finds signs of hope in an uncertain pandemic universe. With The Storm, she collaborates with animator Duncan Major, employing sparsely elegant imagery to reflect on what it means to bring a baby into a world gripped by a global health crisis…

 Theology in the present age: essays in honor of John D. Castelein /edited by Christopher Ben Simpson and Steven D. Cone. This volume of essays centers on the theme of doing Christian theology in the present postmodern context, a consistent theme of the teaching of Castelein. The essays range over such topics as theological reflections on the postmodern philosophical themes, the relations between Christian theology and culture, the contributions of philosophical hermeneutics for Christian theology, and the challenges of engaging in ministry in a postmodern context.

 Theology, ethics, and technology in the work of Jacques Ellul and Paul Virilio: a nascent theological tradition /Michael Morelli. TWU Author This book examines biographical and textual connections between sociologist-theologian Jacques Ellul and philosopher-phenomenologist Paul Virilio. Through an examination of Ellul and Virilio’s embeddedness in the socio-historical context of postwar France, the book identifies a relationship between these critics of technology which constitutes a nascent theological tradition. The author shows from various vantage points how Ellul and Virilio’s nascent tradition exposes technology as modernity’s primary idol; and, how it uses multiple disciplines-including history, sociology, philosophy, phenomenology, theology, and ethics-to resist the perilous consequences of the modern world’s worship of power and the kinds of technologies this misdirected worship produces.

 Trapped in a human zoo /directed by: Guilhem Rondot ; produced by: Roch Brunette ; production agency: Pix3 Films (gatineau). A forgotten diary helps one woman uncover the incredible journey and the mysterious disappearance of a group of Inuit, trapped in the world of human zoos of the 19th century. The only known written testimony of an era that humanity would rather forget, Abraham’s diary is an inversion of the colonial gaze. An estimated 35000 indigenous people from around the world were recruited in these zoos, to entertain the masses and foster scientific experiments.

New Titles Tuesday, February 15

Here’s a selection of titles added to the collection in the past week

 Assisted suicide in Canada: moral, legal and policy considerations /Travis Dumsday. Assisted Suicide in Canada delves into the moral and policy dimensions, other key court rulings and subsequent legislation. Travis Dumsday explores thorny topics such as freedom of conscience for healthcare professionals, public funding for medical assistance in dying and extensions of eligibility. Carter v. Canada will alter Canadians’ understanding of life, death, and the practice of medicine for generations.

 Being-in-creation: human responsibility in an endangered world /edited by Brian Treanor, Bruce Ellis Benson, and Norman Wirzba. Being in Creation asks about the role of humans in the more-than-human world from the perspective of human creatureliness, a perspective that accepts as a given human finitude and limitations, as well as responsibility toward other beings and toward the whole of which they are a part.

 Breaking barriers, shaping worlds: Canadian women and the search for global order /edited by Jill Campbell-Miller, Greg Donaghy, and Stacey Barker. A comprehensive exploration of the role of women in twentieth-century, Canadian international affairs. Bringing together contributors ranging from new scholars to a former prime minister, Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds examines the lives and careers of women who have made an impact: professional women working abroad in the so-called helping fields; women who fought for change as anti-war, anti-nuclear, or Indigenous rights activists; and women with careers in traditional diplomacy.

 C.S. Lewis /Stewart Goetz. The definitive exploration of C.S. Lewis’s philosophical thought, and its connection with his theological and literary work. In this newest addition to the Blackwell Great Minds series, well-known philosopher and Lewis authority Goetz discusses Lewis’s philosophical thought and illustrates how it informs his theological and literary work. Drawing from Lewis’s published writing and private correspondence, including unpublished materials, C.S. Lewis is the first book to develop a cohesive and holistic understanding of Lewis as a philosopher. In this groundbreaking project, Goetz explores how Lewis’s views on topics of lasting interest such as happiness, morality, the soul, human freedom, reason, and imagination shape his understanding of myth and his use of it in his own stories, establishing new connections between Lewis’s philosophical convictions and his wider body of published work. Written in a scholarly yet accessible style, this short, engaging book makes a significant contribution to Lewis scholarship while remaining suitable for readers who have only read his stories, offering new insight into the intellectual life of this figure of enduring popular interest.

 Chaplaincy ministry and the mission of the church /Victoria Slater. Slater explores the significance of chaplaincy for the mission and ministry of the contemporary Church. She discusses the reasons for the recent growth in new chaplaincy roles in the contemporary cultural and church context and provides a theological rationale for chaplaincy along with practical suggestions for the development and support of chaplaincy practice. The book provides conceptual clarity about what chaplaincy actually is and will move beyond the common polarisation of chaplaincy and Church to position chaplaincy as a distinctive form of ministry with its own identity and integrity that, together with other forms of ministry, makes a significant contribution to the mission of the Church.

 English ministry crisis in Chinese Canadian Churches: towards the retention of English-speaking adults from Chinese Canadian Churches through associated parallel independent English congregational models /Matthew R.S. Todd. Todd looks into the anecdotal reporting of high numbers of Canadian-born Chinese leaving western Canadian Chinese churches — what is termed the silent exodus. This book recommends solutions towards the retention of Canadian-born Chinese adults in Chinese bicultural churches through empowerment.

 Hopeful influence: a theology of Christian leadership /Jude Padfield. Engaging with the work of influential theological voices such as Lesslie Newbigin, Tom Wright and Martyn Percy,’Hopeful Influence’argues that it is in the process of helping others to see, participate in or experience the world to come that Christian leadership becomes manifest

Human rights: moral or political? /edited by Adam Etinson.  This volume brings together a distinguished, interdisciplinary group of scholars to address philosophical questions raised by the complex status of human rights as both moral rights, on the one hand, and legally, politically, and historically practised rights, on the other. Its original chapters, each accompanied by a critical commentary, explore topics including: the purpose and methods of a philosophical theory of human rights; the Orthodox-Political debate; the relevance of history to philosophy; the relationship between moral and legal human rights; and the value of political critiques of human rights.

 Pillars in the history of biblical interpretation. Volume 3, Further essays on prevailing methods /edited by Stanley E. Porter and Zachary K. Dawson. This third volume, like its predecessors, adds to the growing body of literature concerned with the history of biblical interpretation.  Each chapter provides a biographical sketch of its respective scholar(s), an overview of their major contributions to the field, explanations of their theoretical and methodological approaches to interpretation, and evaluations and applications of their methods. By focusing on the contexts in which these scholars lived and worked, these essays show what defining features qualify these scholars as ‘pillars’ in the history of biblical interpretation.

 Qualitative research in theological education: pedagogy in practice /edited by Mary Moschella, Susan Willhauck. Brings together a diverse group of scholars to consider the theological values arising from and contributing to their use of qualitative research in scholarship and teaching. The book offers a careful consideration of the pedagogical and administrative challenges involved in teaching qualitative research and its various sub-disciplines such as ethnography. As a whole, the book argues that the teaching of QR methods is critical to the theological, ethical, spiritual, and/or pastoral formation of ministers and theological scholars

 Reading Paul with the Reformers: reconciling old and new perspectives /Stephen J. Chester. Chester brings a careful and nuanced reading of the Reformers’ Pauline exegesis. Examining the overall contours of Reformation exegesis of Paul, he contrasts the Reformers with their opponents and explores particular contributions made by such key figures as Luther, Melanchthon, and Calvin. He relates their insights to contemporary debates in Pauline theology about justification, union with Christ, and other central themes, arguing that their work remains a significant resource today.  Reading Paul with the Reformers reclaims a robust understanding of how the Reformers actually read the apostle Paul.

 The geography of hell in the teaching of Jesus: Gehena, Hades, the Abyss, the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth /Kim Papaioannou ; with a foreword by Edward W. Fudge. In this study,  Papaioannou tackles the topic of hell at its most foundational level, in the words and teaching of Jesus. Rather than attempt overarching and all-encompassing answers, he begins instead with a detailed study of the relevant texts and builds from there upwards. The result is a picture that is not only coherent and satisfying, but more importantly, solidly based on biblical exegesis of the most refined nature. Papaioannou concludes by putting hell into a more palatable and biblically sound perspective. Though unreservedly scholarly, the study is written in such a way that lay readers can understand and enjoy it.

 The origins of creativity /Edward O. Wilson.  The Origins of Creativity grapples with the question of how this uniquely human expression–so central to our identity as individuals and, collectively, as a species–came about and how it has manifested itself throughout the history of our species. One of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, Edward O. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity–the defining trait of our species. Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, as we have long assumed, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species. And in doing so, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors–the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song.

 These brothers of mine: a biblical theology of land and family and a response to Christian Zionism /Rob Dalrymple.  Dalrymple contends that just as Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s purpose for the Temple, so also Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham that he would receive the Holy Land and an uncountable number of descendants.

Torah encounters: Exodus /Rabbi Daniel Pressman. This book invites readers into the richness of the Torah, sharing context and information for each parasha, as well as commentary from generations of Biblical interpreters—historical and modern, and Pressman’s own insights. The second in the five-volume Torah Encounters series, Torah Encounters: Exodus makes the weekly Torah portion approachable and applicable. It is a wonderful resource for clergy, adult or high school Hebrew education, or personal study.

Understanding the periodic table /by Jane P. Gardner.

Library Resources for Red Dress Day

Alloway Library joins with University Siyá:m, Patti Victor as she hosts a Red Dress Event on the Langley campus to raise awareness of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls on Feb 14 and 15.  Victor and library staff member Janet Kreiter will set up the StoryWalk  they put together last year and as part of that ceremony,  will hang red dresses on the trees surrounding the Remembrance Garden (between Reimer and Douglas),  This will follow traditional Sto:lo protocol and we will begin at noon on February 14. Red dresses will also be  hung in the library.

Red Dress Day began in 2010, when artist Jaime Black (of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish descent) responded to the more than a thousand missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada by creating an art installation of red dresses. Since then, May 5 has been established as the National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada, also called Red Dress Day.

Read more  about the campus event

Selected online resources for further study

Additional print resources are on display and available for borrowing at Alloway Library

Highway of Tears : a true story of racism, indifference, and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls / Jessica McDiarmid.

If I go missing / text by Brianna Jonnie and Nahanni Shingoose ; art by Neal Shannacapp o.

Missing Nimâmâ / Melanie Florence ; illustrated by François Thisdale.

80th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters

Cover for the book "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. LewisFebruary 9th marks the eightieth anniversary of the book The Screwtape Letters that made  C. S. Lewis famous. Dedicated to friend and colleague, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a theological novel written in a satirical style. Dr. Monika Hilder, Co-Director of the Inklings Institute of Canada, explains that this book “of thirty-one fictional letters, written and set in the Second World War, gives Hell’s view of how temptation works in a human life. In the voice of the senior devil Screwtape giving advice to the junior devil Wormwood under his tutelage on how best to seduce his appointed human, referred to as the Patient, Lewis shows how through supposedly everyday trifling choices a devil may secure a human soul for Hell—or lose him or her to Heaven.”

The significance of this title as Dr. Hilder points out “… Lewis was able to describe much that we ought to know about ourselves. And so, some of us acknowledge that our beloved Tolkien was sometimes wrong—and we are glad, supremely glad, that The Screwtape Letters is among the books whereby we can agree with John Updike’s comment: “I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.”

The Screwtape Letters is one title from The Dr. Hans and Colleen Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collections that was donated to Trinity Western University in the spring of 2019. Envisioned as a teaching resource to support scholarship and enrich the broader Christian community, the donation consists predominately of the work of C.S. Lewis, although it includes other Inklings’ members and fiction influencers: Owen Barfield, J.A.W. Bennett, Roger Lancelyn Green, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and George MacDonald. The collection includes first editions, publishers’ file copies, and titles signed by C.S. Lewis, Walter Hooper (Lewis’ editor), and Owen Barfield.

Learn more about the significance of The Screwtape Letters, when The Dr. Hans and Colleen Kouwenberg C.S. Lewis and Friends Collections room opens in late spring.

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