Holar gone bad because she left academe and worked as an advertising copy writer and as such was responsible for a successful national campaign for Colman s mustard She is best known for her Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels In Murder Must Advertise she has her intrepid detective go under cover working for an advertising firm to solve the murder The First Secret of Edwin Hoff putting her familiarity of such institutions to good use She was an unofficial member of the Inklings and while she never met CS Lewis face to face she was a freuent correspondent with that inveterate letter writerI was a little underwhelmed with Creed or Chaos I would havereferred a little time spent on the Creeds and less on Chaos The three great creeds of the Church are handily rinted on the front and back flyleafs flyleaves the Apostle s Creed the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed The need for creeds is fairly well articulated as is the usefulness of the heresies that brought them about A heresy honestly come by is to be referred to slothful indifference to the truth which leads to nihilismShe wrote these essays during the dark days of World War Two about the same time which leads to nihilismShe wrote these essays during the dark days of World War Two about the same time Lewis was
Giving His Radio Lectures On his radio lectures on which were later turned into the book Mere Christianity It came as something of a shock to realize that erhaps the British eople were as uninformed as to the content of Christianity then as modern American college students are now I agree with Ms Sayers that if you are going to attack something you should at least know what it is you are attacking Or if you are going to worship just for the sake of worship there is a difficulty in arousing any sort of enthusiasm for the worship of nothing in País íntim particularTheroblem is that creeds and dogma seem so boring but when she wrote Under Lock and Key plays based on Christian dogma she wasraised by the college students of her time for her owers of invention by adding things that were so interesting and dramatic They did not believe her when she told them that the dogma is the drama Her explanation was not well received and they felt if there was anything attractive about Christian hilosophy she must have Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II put it there herselfThey were astonished and considered it revolutionary that the Church believed in any real sense that Christ was God or that in any real sense that Christ was true Man or that the doctrine of the Trinity could be considered to have any relation to fact or any bearing onsychological truth At least the students of her day seemed willing to give her and the Christian faith a fair hearing Nowadays she would have been laughed off campus and ridiculed if the ACLU had. That such a doctrineless Christianity is not merely impossible; it's dangerous Indeed argues Sayers if Christians don't steep themselves in doctrine then the Christian Faith and
N t already had her and her work banned short but otent classic Nowadays Dorothy Sayers is remembered rimarily for her detective novels but she was also literary scholar who translated Dante s Divine Comedy Even interesting Sayers was friends with CS Lewis and like Lewis she was invited to give sermons lectures and radio talks defending Christianity to the British Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover public during WWIIHer series oflays about Christ drew a great deal of criticism for utting modern British slang into the mouths of Christ and The 12 Disciples But 12 disciples But who got over the initial shock of the dialogue found the lays immensely moving CS Lewis admitted to re reading the text of the Pjesme plays asart of his Advent devotionsCreed or Chaos is a collection of several talks Sayers gave during the early 40s The book was ublished in 1949 but the talks are allowed to stand as is which means we get references to the Nazis Hitler wartime rationing and other time sensitive references that allow us to get a strong feel for the context these talks were first resented inThe chapter titled The Triumph of Easter makes this worth the rice of admission all by itself When Judas sinned Jesus aid He brought good out of evil He led out triumph from the gates of hell and brought all mankind out with Him but the suffering of Jesus and the sin of Judas remain a reality God did not abolish the fact of evil He transformed it He did not stop the crucifixion He rose from the dead 12I also found Sayers s remarks on the Christian attitude to work to be just as relevant today if not so than they would have been to the English in the 40s The Church s approach to an intelligent carpenter
Is Usually Confined To Exhortingusually confined to exhorting not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours and to come to church on Sundays What the Church SHOULD be telling him is this that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables Church by all means and decent forms of amusement certainly but what use is all that if in the very centre of his life and occupation he is insulting God with bad carpentry 57I was fortunate enough to come across a first edition of Creed or Chaos at a secondhand bookshop in Traverse City and I m so glad I bought it Although I ve been aware of the breadth of Sayers s work for years this was the first of her books I ve ever readAnd what an introduction I can t wait to read of her religious writings dive into the lays her Dante translation and some of her detective stories If this is a sign of things to come and I m confident it is she ll soon end right up there with Lewis in my estimation. He world outside the Faith will descend into chaosEach of us must choose creed or chaos This book shows why there's no way you can avoid that choice and it helps you to choose wise.