Chad Walsh

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Chad Walsh (d. 1991, age 76) was a professor of English, an Episcopal priest, a published poet, and an authority on C.S. Lewis. Both his article "C.S. Lewis, Apostle to the Skeptics" in the September 1946 issue of The Atlantic Monthly and his 1949 book of the same name served as literary letters of introduction for C.S. Lewis to an American audience[1].

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Works

He wrote a number of books and articles of prose and poetry. His Stop Looking and Listen: An Invitation to the Christian Life (1947) offers an explanation as to why he holds a profound faith in Christianity. In the autumn of 1950 he and Robert Glauber co-founded the Beloit Poetry Journal. His Campus Gods on Trial (1953) is part introduction to theology and part guidebook aimed at the Christian university student and how to deal with instructors and classmates who ignore or are ignorant of basics of theology.

His friendship with Lewis

Walsh had direct contact with Lewis through an exchange of letters and in person interviews. Initial contact between the two men occurred by post (Walsh's first letter dated November 30, 1945) during the preparation of an article, which would appear in the September 1946 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. Before the Atlantic article, little was known about C.S. Lewis amongst American audiences [2]. In the summer of 1948 Walsh then visited Lewis in England in preparation for his 1949 book C.S. Lewis, Apostle to the Skeptics[3]. This was the first book on C.S. Lewis and, according to the literary scholar Walter Hooper, "it remains one of the best"[2]. In 1955 Walsh along with his wife and their children visited Lewis at his home[2]. Walsh would last visit Lewis in 1961. In 1960 Lewis had dedicated his book The Four Loves to Walsh[2].

Atheist-turned-Christian Joy Davidman Gresham began to correspond with Lewis after her reading of Walsh’s work on him; she and Lewis eventually married (late 1956).

References

  1. "Chad Walsh, Teacher and Writer of Poetry and Prose", Edwin McDowell , January 19, 1991, New York Times
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Volume II, Clive Staples Lewis, Walter Hooper, HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN 0060727640, pages 1078-1081
  3. C.S. Lewis: Apostle to the Skeptics, Chad Walsh, Macmillian company, 1949, pages x-xi

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