In this anthology, the renowned murder-mystery writer tackles faith, doubt, human nature, and the most dramatic story ever told.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Publisher: Gospel in Great Writers
Category: Literary Criticism
Uncover the profound subtext lurking just below the surface of some of the greatest murder mysteries of all time. For almost a century, a series of labyrinthine murder mysteries have kept fans turning pages hungrily as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane discover whodunit, again and again. Detective novel enthusiasts may not know that for almost as many years, Christian thinkers have appreciated the same Dorothy L. Sayers for her spiritual insight as an essayist, playwright, and preeminent translator of Dante's Divine Comedy. Now, for the first time, an anthology brings together the best of both worlds. The selections uncover the gospel themes woven throughout Sayers's popular fiction as well as her religious plays, correspondence, talks, and essays. Clues dropped throughout her detective stories reveal a religious sensibility that was subtle but neither accidental nor peripheral. Those who know Sayers from her philosophical writings may wonder how she could also write popular genre fiction. Sayers, like her friend G. K. Chesterton, found murder mysteries a vehicle to explore the choices characters make between good and evil - those decisions that separate us from, or draw us closer to, God. Along with C. S. Lewis and the other Inklings, with whom she maintained a lively correspondence, Sayers used her popular fiction to probe deeper questions. She addressed not only matters of guilt and innocence, sin and redemption, but also the cost of war, the role of the conscience, and the place of women in society. None of these themes proved any hindrance to spinning a captivating yarn. Her murder mysteries are more reminiscent of Jane Austen than Arthur Conan Doyle, with all the tense interpersonal exploration of the modern novel.
In twelve plays for broadcasting at monthly intervals, Dorothy L. Sayers drew on material from all four Gospels, keeping the theme of Jesus of Nazareth's divine kingship in focus throughout, while locating him firmly in the social and ...
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
In twelve plays for broadcasting at monthly intervals, Dorothy L. Sayers drew on material from all four Gospels, keeping the theme of Jesus of Nazareth's divine kingship in focus throughout, while locating him firmly in the social and political context of his time. The first half cover episodes that precede the final journey to Jerusalem and the latter half primarily deal with Passion Week themes. It is the simplicity and profundity of Jesus' words in the Fourth Gospel especially that Sayers drew on in her own writing for the "voice" of Jesus "on air." The plays gave her an opportunity to explore the many gospel characters surrounding Jesus, not least that of Judas. And beyond the utter sorrow of Jesus' death, the King comes into his own in the garden of resurrection.
Calls for an honest reading of Sayers ' s dramatic retelling of the Gospel .
Deplores the fact that people turn away from Christianity without ever discovering
the reality of it . Feels that this is partly due to their being influenced by the
It was not enough that Dorothy was abandoning the Authorized Version and
using her own translation of the words of the Gospels ; nor even that she was
putting into the mouths of the Apostles words which were not to be found in the Gospels ...
Thomas Lee Heermann. Evangelist , who appears in every play of the cycle , was
always portrayed by the same actor , and always speaks in the language of the
King James translation of the Bible . The Evangelist is the only character who ...
Dorothy L . Sayers . Published by Harper & Brothers . Copyright 1943 by Dorothy L . Sayers . Sinclair Stevenson for the extract from “ Still Falls the Rain ” from
Collected Poems of Edith Sitwell . New Directions Publishing Corporation and J .
Author: Constance Pollock
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Here is a compilation of writings from some of the world's greatest literary figures who, in their quieter moments, took pens in hand to pay homage to One who captivated their imaginations: Jesus of Nazareth.
1937-1943: From Novelist to Playwright Dorothy L. Sayers Barbara Reynolds ...
the King's Marriage and the Great Supper, or The Talents and the Pounds) and
for the reappearance of the same story in different contexts in different Gospels. 5
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Literary Collections
This second volume of Dorothy L. Sayers covers the seven years in which the greatest detective novelist of the golden age--and the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey--turns away from mystery writing to become a playwright and, in turn, a controversial figure. Accused on the one hand of blasphemy, acclaimed on the other as one of the most influential lay theologians of her time, she found herself drawn into a vast network of correspondence, dealing with a wide range of social concerns. These, after all, are the years of World War II, of air-raids, threats of invasion, rationing, lack of domestic help, congested travel, and blackouts. But there was no blackout in the creativity of Dorothy L. Sayers; in fact, this is the peak period f her creative endeavors: seventeen plays, several books, innumerable articles and talks--and hundreds of letters. The letters reveal the context of her published words and send the reader back to them with new understanding. But the issues they raise are not merely those of her time; many are startlingly topical, even today. The letters take us behind the scenes of her thinking, activity, and personal life. Here is an unknown Dorothy L. Sayers, whose influence on her contemporaries and beyond has yet to be measured. But at the same time, here is the Sayers whom we have always known and loved: witty, engaging, creative, passionate, committed. Barbara Reynolds, Dorothy L. Sayers's acclaimed biographer, has selected and annotated these letters from the hundreds that Sayers wrote during one of the most fascinating times of her life.
Dorothy L. Sayers, whom Williams inspired to translate the Comedy, tells of his
sitting in a barber's chair, having his hair cut, ... The Gospel of John, on his
reading, 'particularly stresses the fact that all the events in the life of our Lord, as
well as ...
Author: David Brown
C. S. Lewis is one of the best loved and most engaging Christian writers of recent times, and he continues to be a powerful defender of the faith. It is in his imaginative fiction that his genius finds its fullest expression and makes its most lasting theological contribution. Famously, Lewis had friends - who, like him, employed powerfully creative imaginations to explore the profundities of Christian thought and their struggles with their faith.
Author: Nancy Marie Patterson TischlerPublish On: 2002
Dorothy L . Sayers notes that Mary Magdalene and other women demonstrated
Jesus ' s special attraction to women ... SOURCES Abrahamsen , Valerie , “
Women , " in The Oxford Companion to the Bible , edited by Bruce Metzger and ...
Author: Nancy Marie Patterson Tischler
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Alphabetically arranged entries profile more than one hundred significant biblical figures, from Aaron, Abraham, and Absalom to Tobit, Zechariah, and Zephaniah.
... in Christian Doctrine ( Macmillan , $ 2 . 00 ) . This little volume should be in
every parish library , since there are few if any books which equal it in sweep .
Miss Dorothy L . Sayers has given us The Mind of the Maker ( Harcourt Brace , $
Revised by Otto Huber and Christian Stuckl . ... The Man Born to Be King : Dorothy L. Sayers's Best Mystery Plot . ... De Conick , April D. The Original Gospel
of Thomas in Translation : With a Commentary and New English Translation of
Author: Adele Reinhartz
Publisher: Studies on Personalities of th
"This project had its genesis in a paper delivered at a conference at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in March 2001"--Pref.
As to the second question : Sayers ' s basic conviction was that there are two
ways for man to go - either the way of the Gospel ( which means to meet
redemptively the mingled pattern of good and evil in life ) or the way of the Law (
Author: Ralph E. Hone
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A literary and biographical portrait of the English author critically examines her work and looks at the friends, experiences, and activities that inspired her writing
He will show how precise and accurate study of the Greek on his papyrus samples reveals that these Gospel texts already existed in written form within fifteen years of Christ's death.
Author: Carsten Peter Thiede
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
It is Christmas 1994. A distinguished German papyrologist is about to transform our understanding of the Gospels. With little more than the evidence of a few tiny scraps of papyrus, Dr. Carsten Thiede will explain to the world why he believes that the writers of the Gospels actually witnessed the Sermon on The Mount. He will show how precise and accurate study of the Greek on his papyrus samples reveals that these Gospel texts already existed in written form within fifteen years of Christ's death. In Rekindling The Word Thiede provides the full evidence for his startling theory and demonstrates his techniques and considerable talents over numerous New Testament and Qumranic documents and themes. Readers will find detailed analysis on the search for the historical Jesus of Nazareth, Archaeological Rome in New Testament times, the Development of Scroll and Codex in the Early Church, the Multilingualism of the Essenes and Early Christianity and the importance of the Qumran documents from Cave Seven.
... through medieval “mystics” (notably Julian of Norwich), to twentieth-century Christian writers. Among the last of these groups I find vital insight especially in
the work of C. S. Lewis, J. H. Oldham, Dorothy L. Sayers, Jacques Ellul, and
Author: David J. Kettle
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Approaching us in sovereign freedom, God comes alive to us, we come alive to God, and all creation comes alive as a sign pointing to God. In the gospel of Jesus Christ, God gives and discloses himself in this immediate way as our ultimate context and host, within the provisional medium of creation. This life-giving gospel is met by blindness, however, among those who live today in a collapsing Western culture. This is because their imaginative world is shaped by habitual assumptions and practices that lie--largely unacknowledged--deep within that culture, and that preclude openness to the gospel. Moreover, Western Christians themselves widely share these assumptions, betraying the gospel into cultural captivity. God calls for the conversion of Western culture to the living gospel. Crucially this must include, as Lesslie Newbigin recognized, a repentance from modern Western assumptions about knowledge. Part One explores seeking, knowing, and serving God, as providing a true paradigm for understanding all human enquiry, knowledge, and action. Part Two examines ten resulting "hot spots" where conversion from prevailing cultural assumptions is vital for authentic mission to Western culture.
DOROTHY L . SAYERS ' DOGMA AS DRAMA Augustine Stock , O . S . B .
Several years ago I became interested in the literary approach to the
interpretation of the Gospels . Pursuing that interest I discovered that some
scholars were of the ...
21-2 . 2 Dorothy L. Sayers , Unpopular Opinions ( Gollancz 1946 ) . 3 Ben
Witherington III , Women in the Ministry of Jesus : A ... 12 See particularly the
passages from ' The Gospel of the Egyptians ' , ' The Gospel of Philip ' and ' The Gospel of ...
Papers on the Christian Thought of Dorothy L. Sayers John Thurmer. sole source
of information about that life , while other similar writings have been rejected as
untrustworthy . Among the four there is a tantalising mixture of agreement and ...
19 CSEHOLD Hints for HOARDERS By David L . Cohn . ... the Archbishop of
Canterbury , Msgr . Ronald Knox , John Baillie , C . S . Lewis , Dorothy L . Sayers
. ” — The Living Church . $ 2 . 00 The Gospel and Modern Thought By THE Rev .