Hugo Dyson: A Roaring Cataract of Nonsense


  • Joel D. Heck Concordia University Texas


The always verbose and entertaining Hugo Dyson was once so talkative, clever, and exuberant at an Inklings meeting that C.S. Lewis described him as "a roaring cataract of nonsense" (Collected Letters 2: 288). Author Joel Heck chronicles the contribution of this witty, humorous, and enthusiastic man, discusses some biographical background to Dyson, and seeks to quantify his role in Lewis's conversion. Heck argues that Dyson was probably even more influential in Lewis’s conversion to Christianity than J.R.R. Tolkien.

Author Biography

Joel D. Heck, Concordia University Texas

Dr. Joel Heck serves Concordia University Texas, in Austin, as Professor of Theology after nine years at Concordia as Vice President of Academic Services. Previously he served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Valley Park, Missouri, and Professor of Religion at Concordia University Wisconsin. He holds a Th.D. in Exegetical Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and teaches various theology courses at Concordia University Texas, including Old and New Testament, Reformation, and C.S. Lewis, including the course “Narnia meets Middle Earth.” He is the author or editor of fourteen books, most recently From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis.