'Under the Mercy' The Literature & Theology of Charles Williams

Speaker(s): Loren Wilkinson
Date: May 30 - June 3, 2005
Length: 10:40:10
Product ID: RGDL3506S

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This course uses three of Williams' novels (The Greater Trumps, The Place of the Lion and Descent into Hell, ) as an introductio to some key themes in Williams' thought. Among these themes are "Coinherence" and "substituted love" (the way we live our lives in and through each other); the tension and complimentarity of the "way of affirmation" (which says "yes" to things and images as a way of knowing God) and the "way of negotiation"(which says "no" to them); and the false distinctions we draw between the "natural" and the "supernatural" - all our existence being in fact "under the mercy". Though focus will be on these novels, Williams' criticism will be drawn upon as well as his theology and his poetry.

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Loren E. Wilkinson is retired as Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies & Philosophy at Regent College. Previously he served as Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seattle Pacific College and Fellow at the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. He is editor of Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation, and co-wrote Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard with his wife, Mary Ruth.

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