The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis
Welcome to five minutes in churches. Three hosted by Dr Stephen Nichols. Where we take a little break from the presence to go exploring the past travel back in time as we look the people of aunts and even the places for the shape. The story of Christianity. This is our story our family history. Let's get started. Are you a CS Lewis fan? I suspect many of you are you likely have well-worn copies of narnia around your home. I'm partial to Louis essays myself, the wait of glory. There's something I could read again, and again, well, no doubt. CS Lewis was a truly great influence, but here's a question for you who influenced this influence, or we'll see us Lewis himself once said as my master. Indeed, I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him. Well, the master that Lewis is referring to is George MacDonald. George MacDonald was born on December ten eighteen twenty four in Huntley in Scotland about forty miles northwest of Aberdeen Huntley had a castle that data. Back to the twelfth century had a golf club. And at that time a population of about two thousand or so George McDonald's immediate and extended family was full of bibliophiles. Those are people who love books and literary scholars Shakespeare Celtic poetry the classics. This was the stuff of McDonald's childhood at the age of twenty one he had an MA from the university of Aberdeen not in literature. But in all things chemistry and physics at looked like he might have been on a career path for medicine. But then he said out for theological training five years later in eighteen fifty he was appointed a minister of a congregational church, and he also took to writing he wrote the Princess and the goblin which is probably most famous book was published in eighteen seventy two as the. Title suggests this is a children's fantasy novel. He also wrote fairy tales the light Princess the golden key. He wrote two books on apologetic published a number of sermons. Not only was he a writer, but he was an influence to writers. We've mentioned ceus Louis, but there was also Lewis Carroll McDonald was a mentor to Lewis Carroll. In fact, it was McDonald who influenced Carol to send his manuscript of Alice's adventures in wonderland to a publisher George MacDonald was married. He had eleven children all of his life. He suffered from asthma bronchitis. Even tuberculosis they traveled often to climates that would be conducive to pure air for him. In fact, they spent twenty years as a family living in the French Riviera while they were there McDonald, of course, applied himself. Writing any set up a bit of a writer's studio, and it was a fairly famous place and authors from Europe and from Great Britain would come and spend time there and get inspiration for their work and influence each other. And they're the McDonald family spent twenty years, well, they moved back to England on September eighteenth nineteen o five in England. George MacDonald this influence, sir of Louis died. Well, let's have Lewis again give the final word of McDonald Lewis said I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer or more continually close to the spirit of Christ himself, hence his Christ. Like union of tenderness in severity. Nowhere else outside the New Testament. Have I found terror and comfort? So intertwined this is Lewis writing of the writings of George MacDonald. And then Louis says I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master. Indeed, I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him. Well, that's a reference to George MacDonald the influence behind CS Lewis. I'm Steve Nichols. Thanks for listening, five minutes in churches, dri. For more information or to listen to past episodes. Please visit five minutes in church history dot com.