So my selection for this month is Deeper Magic by Donald T. Williams. The subtitle brings everything into focus—The Theology Behind the Writings of C.S. Lewis.
The book is a fantastic resource for those who are interested in the theological underpinnings of Lewis’s writings. What Williams does is take the standard loci of systematic theology, and in each section he brings in all the relevant sections from Lewis’s corpus. For example, chapters address the doctrine of Scripture, theology proper, the person of Christ, the atonement, and so on. In each section you encounter what Lewis taught on that subject, gathered from his fiction and nonfiction alike, and all woven together by the Williams, the sympathetic and intelligent critic.
Williams clearly has Lewis on everything at his fingertips. But he does not simply gather and record—he also engages with Lewis where that is necessary. In his discussion of the famous Trilemma, Williams defends Lewis against the soi disant intellectuals who sneer at anybody who knows how to write on theology as though horse sense were an important commodity, which it is, and which Lewis had. At the same time, although Williams is an amiable critic, he knows how to take Lewis to task where necessary. A couple of examples of that kind of interaction would be Lewis’s view of inspiration, and Lewis’s misunderstanding of the doctrine of total depravity.
This is a good book. It is a useful book. It is an engaging book. It is a resource book. It is a book to read clean through. It is an orange book.
I recommend you get it. Alas, the Amazon page says that it is not currently on their premises, but the publisher’s page says that you can get it from Ingram. So do that.