9/11 Memorial: Charles Williams on War

911-flagFor today’s Feature Friday I thought I would post something on 9/11. For those of us born after wars and coming of age after the Cold War, this is our JFK, our Moon Landing, our Berlin Wall: not the celebration of a good moment, but the marking of time as a culture ages and a generation comes to global awareness. I was in Japan at the time, a Canadian living in a community of Americans in a wide, big circle of Japanese people. It was unreal, and too real.

Best wishes to Americans as they remember, and remember. Here is a poem about war and loss from Charles Williams by that leading Inklings curator, Sørina Higgins.

The Oddest Inkling

I decided to post something short today in remembrance of 9/11. The previously announced post on CW’s writing style will appear tomorrow.

Charles Williams was deeply affected by war and public tragedy. He was unable to serve in World War I due to medical problems (poor eyesight and a neurological disorder), but his best friends went to war and died. He felt that they died in his place, and he was wracked by that agony for years. This grief and guilt were perhaps partial catalysts for the development of his signature doctrine, co-inherence. He taught that all people were intimately connected, and that we could all carry one another’s burdens, regardless of distance of space or time.

Later, Williams lived through World War II. He was evacuated from London along with his employer, Oxford University Press, while his wife stayed there. Thus he lived through six years of tension and…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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2 Responses to 9/11 Memorial: Charles Williams on War

  1. wanderwolf says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: 9/11 and Mythology | A Pilgrim in Narnia

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