Subversive: Christ, Culture, and the Shocking Dorothy L. Sayers (InklingsFolk Online Discussion)

I am a big fan of Crystal Downing’s work, and I love the figure of Dorothy L. Sayers. I am pleased, then, to share this event! I also look forward to reading Crystal’s new book, Subversive.

Subversive Sayers: A Conversation with Crystal Downing

“The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused Him of being a bore; on the contrary, they thought Him too dynamic to be safe.”

Writing these words in the 1940s, Dorothy L. Sayers followed her Savior’s example, which got her crucified in the press, if not on the cross. Her belief in the radical nature of Christian truth is the subject of Crystal Downing’s new book, Subversive: Christ, Culture, and the Shocking Dorothy L. Sayers. Crystal and her new book are the subject of our InklingFolkFellowship special event this Friday.

One of the world’s foremost Dorothy L. Sayers scholars and the co-director of the world’s premier Inkling research center, the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Crystal joins host Joe Ricke and the rest of the InklingFolkFellowship this Friday, November 6 at 4 p.m. (EST) to talk about her new book just four days before its publication.

Alister McGrath, who knows a thing or two (including how to get a copy before the rest of us) claims that “this is the best book on Dorothy L. Sayers I have read in the last decade. It is fresh in its approach, elegant in its prose, and penetrating in its analysis and insight.” After that endorsement, you probably want to know how to order the book. Like this: https://www.broadleafbooks.com/store/product/9781506462752/Subversive.

Of course, if you know the InklingFolkFellowship, you know we will want to talk with Crystal about other things as well, including her life story, how she got hooked on the Inklings in general and Sayers specifically, her other books, and, because I can’t not NOT ask this question: what it is like being married to the OTHER co-director of the Wade Center?

Tell your friends. Coerce your frenemies. Bring the skeptics (about the Inklings, Sayers, or the truth they wrote about so brilliantly). And bring you own cup of tea or glass of wine, because the event will be Zoomed and we have, as yet, no world-wide refreshment budget. If you haven’t already done so, please follow InklingFolk on Facebook and Instagram (as of today!). If you have friends who would like to come, you can just forward this to them so they have the zoom link, although it will help if they join up for the regular emails as well.

Once they join us, they will enjoy the fellowship of like-minded “subversives” from all over the world – Indiana (the world’s epicentre), California, Northern Ireland, Oregon, Ontario, Chicago, British Columbia, Japan, Oxford, Wales, and even . . . Kentucky.

Remember, 4 p.m. (EST) this Friday. Not Daylight time, not Central time, not Oxford time. As they say, please do the math.

The Zoom link is: https://luc.zoom.us/j/81571758227. You can also check it out here on facebook.

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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3 Responses to Subversive: Christ, Culture, and the Shocking Dorothy L. Sayers (InklingsFolk Online Discussion)

  1. apronsong says:

    Dear Brenton,

    Thank you for sharing this. I truly appreciated your recent comments on politics (I made similar comments on Facebook but hardly anyone cares what I think!). The InklingsFolk discussion was the type of thing I’ve been thirsting for for quite a while — intelligent discussion about interesting topics, including faith. Thanks again.

    Peace,

    — Elissa —

    On Fri, Nov 6, 2020 at 7:48 AM A Pilgrim in Narnia wrote:
    Brenton Dickieson posted: ” I am a big fan of Crystal Downing’s work, and > I love the figure of Dorothy L. Sayers. I am pleased, then, to share this > event! I also look forward to reading Crystal’s new book, Subversive. > Subversive Sayers: A Conversation with Crystal Downing “T” >

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  2. Joe Ricke says:

    Brenton (and Elissa) –thanks for your participation last Friday. Your words, Elissa, are quotable, but I wouldn’t do it without asking. May I? This is Joe Ricke (the director and host of IFF). I am ordering 5 books from Crystal (and getting them signed). Would you like one of them?

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