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Here is a link to the article, “Would We Have Been Friends”: Piper/Keller contra Lewis/MacDonald” by Ron Dart.

The idea that people will know that we are Jesus’s disciples by the love we have for one another (John 13:5) is a challenging thought. Particularly in a context (such as this), where we disagree profoundly with what that person is saying. There is a natural tendency to confront them head on. What strikes me about both Lewis and MacDonald is the breadth of their reading. It seems to me they were able to distil the positive in disparate positions and make it their own without getting sidetracked into dispute. A book I’m reading talks about how we like to stay within our intellectual boxes (a limitation) but that our times of growth are when we are taken outside that box and have our safe view of the world challenged, letting fresh light into the dusty room.

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Booking for our conference ‘George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy’ at Magdalen College, Oxford 13-15th August 2014 is now live and further information can be found at www.george-macdonald.com including details of our speakers. The conference is open to everyone and it is possible to book via PayPal, thus avoiding any complications with currency conversion etc. Accommodation is available at the college, including a limited number ‘with the walls’ where C.S. Lewis had rooms. Ideally bookings for accommodation should be received by us before the 10th May to enable us to confirm to the College.

The call for papers (30 minute) is still open. Proposals including: name, institutional affiliation, CV, title of paper, abstract (400 words max) should go to gmsociety.papers@gmail.com by 1st May 2014.

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INFORMING THE INKLINGS: GEORGE MACDONALD & THE VICTORIAN ROOTS OF MODERN FANTASY

A CONFERENCE AT MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD, AUGUST 13-15, 2014

The ‘Inklings’, an Oxford group that included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams, has long been recognized as one of the most creative literary groups of the mid-twentieth century, one whose fantasy writings in particular have become a major influence on the development of subsequent literature and film. But, as they freely acknowledged, behind these lay an earlier generation of Victorian writers who pioneered the forms they developed – perhaps most notably George MacDonald. With the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis we wish to explore the many connections, and to see some of the ways in which the work of the Inklings was ‘informed’ by the work MacDonald and his fellow fantasists. Speakers include Kerry Dearborn, Danny Gableman, Malcolm Guite, Moniker Hilder, Stephen Logan, Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, John Pennington, Stephen Prickett (Chair), David Robb and Jean Webb. As Magdalen was Lewis’s college – host to many ‘Inkling’ discussions – and as Oxford’s history is long-entwined with the genre of fantasy, the conference will include a thematic introduction to relevant sites. We invite session papers of not more than 20 minutes on any themes connecting these writers and their work and influence on literature, theology, and the arts in general. Attention to fellow 19th century fantasists such as Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, and William Morris is welcome. Proposals  (including name and institutional affiliation, CV, title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 400 words) to gmsociety.papers@gmail.com by May 1, 2014.

“MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know.”

C.S. Lewis

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An excellent response to John Piper and Tim Keller’s recent controversial online comments about George MacDonald.

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