Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and others. This seems a little unfair:
She must insist strongly that the whole material universe is an expression and incarnation of the creative energy of God.
Certainly, much has happened in my life in a decade. Producing a tiny human being for one! But the biggest shock in that time was stepping off the path toward an academic career and discovering a vocation in the church.
As I ponder that transition, I realize it would not be a stretch to say that I might not be a priest today—or even an Anglican—if I had never encountered the work of Dorothy L.
I am quite confident the Holy Spirit would have found some other way to get through my thick skull. These days, if anyone is familiar with the work of Dorothy Sayers at all, they know her through the adventures of her aristocratic sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey.
I have never been much of a murder mystery fan, but I am enough of an academic nerd to appreciate a series in which the protagonist finally convinces the love of his life to marry him by proposing to her in Latin, thereby signaling their intellectual equality. Not bad for the s! But Sayers was far more than a mystery writer.
She was among the first women to graduate from Oxford inas well as a close associate of the famous Inklings literary group. This afforded her a keener eye for cultural commentary than her male colleagues, like C.
At the time when I first encountered her work, I was entering the second year of my PhD program, and honestly, I was feeling a bit burned out. Sayers spoke to me in a way no Christian writer had before. Through her words, I met a God who is first and foremost a creator, and specifically, the creator that came and inhabited his own creation.
Not to mention, the woman is just able to have fun with her faith. How can you not love someone who titles a collection of essays The Whimsical Christian? I had never resonated with an expression of Christianity that seem so resistant to any physical elements of faith.
When I read her words about the sacraments quoted at the topit was as if a light went on in my head. Of course God can work through material elements like bread, wine, and water!
Of course our bodies are as redeemable as our souls! Our belief in the Incarnation must have ramifications for how we value all of creation.
In the near decade that has passed since then, Sayers has been a faithful guide on my spiritual journey. I return to her when I need to be reminded of the joy I take in my faith.
I appreciate her struggle to be taken seriously as a scholar. She had a son out of wedlock in her youth, whom she kept hidden from even her closest family, until she adopted him later in life.
Sayers remains an example of humility and strength that encapsulates the Christian life at its best. We might be a bit behind the ideal season for summer reading. Sayers may be an obscure spiritual foremother, but she is one well worth getting to know.
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Henry Sayers, of Anglo-Irish descent. Her father was at the time headmaster of Christ Church Cathedral School, and she was born in the headmaster's house. Posts about Dorothy L. Sayers written by cshmurak.
This is the the book that introduced Lord Peter Wimsey to the world. It’s fascinating to see how most of the characters who would become a fictional repertory company are here at the start: Bunter, Charles Parker, the Dowager Duchess, Freddie Arbuthnot, even Sir Impey Biggs.
Some Background on Lord Peter Wimsey The Lord Peter stories were published between and and concern the younger brother of the Duke of Denver, Peter Death Bredon Wimsey.
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Sep 22, · Dorothy Leigh Sayers (usually stylised as Dorothy L. Sayers; –) was an English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist ; she was also a student of classical and modern languages.
Dorothy L. Sayers’s mastery of the medieval is obvious in her translations of Dante, The Song of Roland, and Tristan in Brittany, together with her Dante essays and introductions.