Promotional Video for Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel.
In Chapter 7 of Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel (Ignatius Press. 2010), David C. Downing (R.W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College, PA, & C.S. Lewis Scholar who has written several books for InterVarsity Press) provides a captivating, lively and creative envisioning of Inklings conversation.Â Last night as I was reading and discussing Chapter 7 with one of daughters, I thought it would be an apt piece to share with the Emerging Scholars Network on Good Friday.
â€œThe dying god mythâ€, explained Lewis. â€œThatâ€™s how these two apostles helped drag me into the Kingdom, kicking and screaming, almost ten years ago.â€ Lewis grinned at Tolkien and Dyson, and they smiled back. Tom sensed a shared memory that they all treasured, and he waited for some further explanation.
â€œI had a stern old tutor growing up,â€ said Lewis, â€œa strict logician who doted on The Golden Bough. He thought that Frazerâ€™s research had proven, once and for all, that every culture has its myth of the god who must die for the people. Osiris in Egyptian myth. Balder in the Norse epics. So he dismissed the story of Christâ€™s death and Resurrection as just one more version of a universal mythâ€”just an expression of our culture, not a bedrock reality.â€ [Read more…] about ‘The Dying God Myth’ & the Inklings