Announcing Volume 38
Volume 38 of VII features a letter from the eminent Swiss theologian Karl Barth to Dorothy L. Sayers, translated into English for the first time. As translator of this and of Barth’s foreword to the German edition of The Greatest Drama Ever Staged, David W. McNutt illuminates the two writers’ little-known interaction, showing how their thinking and the brief epistolary relationship they shared shaped them both.
Also in this volume, Graham Shea and Doug Jackson turn the lights of their scholarship onto the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in two separate articles, giving new texture to old legends about the author and demonstrating how Tolkien, in creating worlds beyond our lived experiences, illuminated some of the deepest truths of human existence. David Rozema dives into C.S. Lewis’s unfinished, but still disputed and disparaged novel The Dark Tower, shining a light into the recesses of one of Lewis’s darkest writings to find the significant value that lies there. And Landon Loftin scours the work of Owen Barfield to reveal how Barfield’s philosophies of nature and humanity oriented him toward meaning-making in a context that despaired of hope and purpose.
We are grateful to the writers, teachers, and literary explorers who labor to illuminate the legacies of these seven authors. And we are grateful to you for your desire for knowledge and understanding that makes you a faithful reader of this journal.