The Gospel In Dorothy L Sayers

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Editor: Gospel in Great Writers
ISBN: 9780874861815
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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.

Playwrights Are Not Evangelists Dorothy L Sayers On Translating The Gospels Into Drama

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Abstract : Dorothy L. Sayers's twelve-part wartime radio life of Christ The Man Born to be King has been judged 'an astonishing and far-reaching innovation', not only because it used colloquial speech and because Jesus was a character voiced by an actor, but also because it brought the gospels into people's lives in a way that demanded an imaginative response. In spite of this, Sayers insisted that her purpose was not evangelization. Sayers's writing on theological aesthetics asserts that a work of art will only speak to its audience if the artist 'serves the work' rather than trying to preach. This article locates her thinking in the context of William Temple's sacramentalism and Jacques Maritain's neo-Thomism, suggesting that Temple's biblical exegesis was central to her approach in dramatizing the gospels. Finally an argument is made for Sayers's influence on mid-century thinking about the arts through her association with Bishop George Bell.

The Man Born To Be King

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
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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.

Reluctant Evangelist

Author: John Thurmer
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The Letters Of Dorothy L Sayers Vol Ii

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers
Editor: St. Martin's Press
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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.

The Seven Deadly Sins In The Work Of Dorothy L Sayers

Author: Janice Brown
Editor: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9780873386050
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An examination of the work of Dorothy L. Sayers, beginning with her early poetry and moving through her fiction to her dramas, essays and lectures. It illustrates how Sayers used popular genres to teach about sin and redemption, and how she redefined the seven deadly sins for the 20th century.

Rekindling The Word

Author: Carsten Peter Thiede
Editor: Gracewing Publishing
ISBN: 9781563381362
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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.