As they penned the books that form our name here at Mere Orthodoxy, we’re pretty interested in all things C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.  I’m enthralled by the new journal of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, which owns the Kilns and puts on the program “Oxbridge” every few years.  The articles it has up now look excellent and it will be updated monthly.  From the “About” page of the journal:

Inspired by the life and legacy of C.S. Lewis, the C.S. Lewis Foundation is dedicated to advancing the renewal of Christian scholarship and artistic expression throughout the mainstream of our colleges and universities, and by extension, the culture at large. In this spirit, the Foundation offers this online, peer-reviewed journal to stimulate discussion concerning the relationship of Christianity to the academy and the arts. Following the lead of Lewis as expressed in his classic book Mere Christianity, the Foundation and its journal are pleased to be a meeting ground that celebrates the core commitment to Jesus Christ that is common to all Christians of historic faith. The Foundation hopes that these articles will provoke intellectually engaging and responsible dialogue and insight concerning the moral, social, intellectual, and spiritual issues confronting thoughtful persons of goodwill around the world.

Indeed.  I will say that it is purely coincidental that this month they are featuring an article entitled, “Externality in Lewis, Tolkien and Chesterton” by a Matthew Lee.  It is a different Matthew Lee, who is obviously far more erudite than I.

It is not coincidental, however, that the managing editor of the journal is a friend of mine, which only makes it easier to commend the Journal to you as a place of excellent writing and insightful essays.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. “the fulfillment of rational creatures … has as its contemplated object some external good”

    How can it be more fulfilling to have good on the outside rather than the inside?

    What does he mean by “rational creatures”? Does he mean, creatures we can “think up” like centaurs and sphinxes? Surely he isn’t talking about human beings.

    If having a contemplation of something good were enough, should we hand out cookbooks to starving people?

    This man’s understanding seems to be somewhere between poor and unethical.


  2. Thanks for this. I’m a big fan of both your namesakes, and both a big influences on the thoughts being expressed on my blog.


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