Why the C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium is Awesome: Wordless

Just a quick note to say that I have had an amazing conference at Taylor University this past week. The C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium is truly awesome, and I hope to come back to why I think so. My heart is full and overflowing, transformed by the generosity of spirit and intellectual curiosity I have encountered. It was not merely an academic conference but, for me anyway, a place of spiritual development.

So, for now, I am merely going to prepare for my day at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. This is my 5th day and I have to leave on Friday. I have finished transcription corrections on The Quest of Bleheris, C.S. Lewis’ teenage chivalric tale that is still unpublished. I have immersed myself in C.S. Lewis’ early poetry and letters, and have been reading the tiny, tiny diaries of his best friend, Arthur Greeves. Where I left off yesterday, Greeves was heart-sick that Lewis was in the trenches in France. They both had a miserable Christmas, and I am reminded of the great freedom I enjoy.

To the stacks, the journals, to lives that could be forgotten but are not.

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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16 Responses to Why the C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium is Awesome: Wordless

  1. True spiritual development will always be intellectually enriching (hobbits and even duffers can always grow in this regard). So glad that you have received so much in this regard.

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  2. dalejamesnelson says:

    Hi, Brenton! For now, is the best source for those of us who are curious about Lewis’s Bleheris, the account in Chapter 4 (“The Dungeon of a Divided Soul”) in David C. Downing’s The Most Reluctant Convert? Thanks.

    Dale Nelson


    • Thanks Dale. Yes, Downing’s chapter but there is a more complete version in SEVEN from 98 or 99, and I think you can find it online. Don King also has a chapter on Bleheris that he republished in an essay collection, Plain to the Inward Eye. Drop me an email if you need better references.
      Also, a sweetly worded note to the Wade with your wish to see it might help…. Dunno.


  3. dalejamesnelson says:

    Yes — that’d be SEVEN Vol. 15 (1998) for Dr. Downing’s article.

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