Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

HandsOur topic is: Inklings 2.0: Can The Inklings face-to-face pub experience be replaced by online interaction. Joining us are artist Scott Erickson of "The transpire project," blogger Jennifer Zug, and singer-songwriter Tara Ward. The Inklings were literary enthusiasts who praised the value of narrative in fiction, and encouraged the writing of fantasy. Meeting between the 1930's and 1960's--they gathered regularly at a pub nicknamed the Bird and Baby in Oxford. Most notable were members CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, but over the years there were a total of over 20 who were counted among the members most of whom, but not all, were professing Christians. Warnie Lewis said of the group, "Properly speaking, the Inklings was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both. There were no rules, officers, agendas, or formal elections." Out of this dynamic gathering grew deep friendships and literary output that is still influential today.

2 Responses

  1. The pub is called “The Eagle and Child.” I saw the sign in the Lord of the Rings extended cut DVD docs.

    Considering what Myspace does, or more importantly what it doesn’t do, I don’t like it. There used to be word called “privacy” in this country and when you start to realize that when I searched for women my age in my area, yes I admit to that, that the vast, VAST majority wanted to show you how outgoing they are and how “popular” they are by showing how much they drink and party. It’s really a form of advertising, but in this case your advertising yourself and showing things about yourself that isn’t necessarily true, or only a half truth.

    Nothing beats meeting people in person and getting to know them.

    The myspace music and movie aspects I really like though.

  2. You are right. The pub is “The Eagle and Child” but it was nicknamed “The Bird and Baby” by CS Lewis, Tolkien and the other “Inklings.”

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