*The Lion in The Waste Land: Fearsome Redemption in the Work of C.S. Lewis,
Dorothy L. Sayers, and T.S. Eliot*
By Janice Brown
Kent State University Press, 2018

As bombs fell on London almost nightly from the autumn of 1940 through the
summer of 1941 <x-apple-data-detectors://2>, the lives of ordinary people
were altered beyond recognition. A reclusive Oxford lecturer found himself
speaking, not about Renaissance literature to a roomful of students but
about Christian doctrine into a BBC microphone. A writer of popular fiction
found herself exploring not the intricacies of the whodunit but the
mysteries of suffering and grace. An erudite poet and literary critic found
himself patrolling the dark streets and piecing together images of fire and
redemption. C. S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and T. S. Eliot became
something they had not been before the war: bearers of a terrible, yet
triumphant, message that people could not expect to be spared from pain and
suffering, but they would be re- deemed through pain and suffering.

*The Lion in the Waste Land* initially explores the personal dynamic
between these three writers and their misgivings about taking on the role
of Christian apologist. Brown goes on to examine the congruency in their
depictions of the nature of Christ, of conversion, and of angelic beings;
and she highlights the similarity in their views of war and suffering,
their portrayals of life as a pilgrimage to heaven, and their arguments for
the value of walking in the "old paths" described in Scripture.

Eliot depicted the world as a treacherous Waste Land where spiritual quests
are fraught with disappointment and danger. Sayers recognized that the
message of redemption through Christ is a thing of terror. Lewis's Narnia
books depicted the nature of Christ through the lion Aslan, who is good but
not safe. Brown contends that the works of these three authors also offer
hope in the midst of adversity, because they recognize that although
redemption is a fearsome thing--like the image of a lion--it is also


On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 8:14 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> If all time is eternally present
> All time is unredeemable.
> *Dr. Janice Brown: "T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets and the Tyranny of Time" *
> CR