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Shadows of Heaven: Religion and Fantasy in the Writing of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  18 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
This book, examining religion & fantasy in the fiction of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams & J.R.R. Tolkien looks at how the fantasies those authors created are related, on the one hand to religious belief & on the other to the cultural situation in which we live. The worlds of Perelandra & Middle-earth have been explored by thousands who have not only been ent ...more
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Pilgrim Press (Philadelphia)
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Nikki
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mostly stuck to reading the part on Tolkien and the phenomenology of hope, but I skimmed over the rest as well. Gunnar Urang writes very clearly and offers perspective on the works discussed -- I don't necessarily agree with him entirely, but his arguments are convincing, and he manages to talk about Tolkien's work as Christian allegory without being reductive. He acknowledges that it's not just allegory.
Tim Pendry
This is a literary critique from a modernising and 'humanist' Christian perspective of the fantastic fiction of three 'inklings', CS Lewis, Charles Williams and J.R.R.Tolkien.

We may separate the theological from the literary because not every reader will be both a Christian (which this reviewer is not) and interested in the literature of fantasy (which I am).

The theological speculation and interpretation is undoubtedly serious but I rather let it flow over me though you may not. The critique fro
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Maria Elisabeth
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Interesting, but a book that would make its subjects shudder.

The majority of this book consisted of pointing out of philosophical and literary failings in Lewis, Williams, and Tolkien. No doubt the author was just trying to be an unbiased scholar, but really, who made him a ruler and a judge? Of course, Lewis', Williams', and Tolkien's writings weren't perfect, and Urang has as much right as any reader to make judgments on what's true and what's false, what works and what doesn't. As much right
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