Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine

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Overview

What must a person believe to be a Christian? Dorothy Sayers lays out age-old doctrines without prettying-up or watering-down. She brings them vividly to life by showing how the Bible, history, literature, and modern science fit together to make religion not only possible but necessary in our time.

So whether you are reading the great works of Western literature, thinking about your place in God's universe, or simply dealing with the thousand-and-one problems of daily living, this powerful book has words of both challenge and comfort for you.

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Somehow or other, and with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore--and this in the Name of One who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which He passed through this world like a flame.

Let us, in Heaven's name, drag out the Divine Drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped upon it, and set it on an open stage to startle the world into some sort of vigorous reaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849945267
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/8/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 252,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Sayers is the author of the famous "Lord Peter Wimsey" detective series. A graduate of Oxford University, Sayers was an associate of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and Charles Williams. Dorothy Sayers lived from 1893-1957.
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Table of Contents

The greatest drama ever staged 1
What do we believe? 9
The dogma is the drama 15
The image of God 23
Creative mind 35
Creed or chaos? 49
Strong meat 73
The other six deadly sins 81
Christian morality 109
The triumph of Easter 117
Why work? 125
Toward a Christian esthetic 147
The Faust legend and the idea of the devil 171
A vote of thanks to Cyrus 193
The writing and reading of allegory 203
Problem picture 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Who is God? And who are we?

    'Somehow or other, & with the best intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing & rather ill-natured bore -- & this in the Name of One who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which He passed through this world like a flame.' Ms. Sayers certainly gives the reader much to think about & to re-think on subjects that are as pertinent now as when she wrote this around WWII. One has to be willing to spend time with this book, however, perhaps with a dictionary, Bible, & theological encyclopedia handy, as it is a scholarly work. Fans of her 'Wimsey' series will recognize in here larger servings of the philosophy she served bites of in the stories.

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