Author Archives: Dr Snyder

Perelandra: Genesis & Impact

I’ve been hard at work developing my course on C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy, and just completed my preparation for teaching the second book, Perelandra. This mythical novel, which at least one critic said should have been written as a poem rather than in prose, tells the story of an unfallen world (which we call Venus), a temptation for its first inhabitants to follow in Earth’s fateful path of rebellion against the Creator, and the attempt by a chosen earthling… Read more »

The Christian Lens

C. S. Lewis’s path to Christian faith was helped along mightily by certain authors. In his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, he tells of his discovery of G. K. Chesterton’s writings and says specifically, “I read Chesterton’s Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense. You will remember that I already thought Chesterton the most sensible man alive ‘apart from his Christianity.’ Now,… Read more »

The Silent Planet Is Silent No Longer

Some tasks are more pleasant and gratifying than others, to be sure. One of the tasks that I enjoy is developing courses for adult education at my church. And when I can develop a new one on a C. S. Lewis topic, I do it with relish. That’s definitely the case with the latest course. After developing and teaching “The Screwtape Letters,” “Mere Christianity,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “C. S. Lewis on Life, Death, and Eternity,” I now have… Read more »

For By Your Words . . .

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure…. Read more »

The Lewis Impact on American Christians

Last month, I went to the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College to do research for a proposed book on C. S. Lewis’s views on history. I also took advantage of the visit to hear Dr. Mark Noll give a lecture on Lewis’s interactions and influence on Americans. This was the second of three lectures Dr. Noll is doing on the subject. The third will be this coming March 17, and I will be there again doing the same… Read more »

The Deeper Problem Remains: Man or God?

As I ponder the current crisis in Ukraine, instigated by a Russian despot, I think back to what I wrote in a book I published in 2015. The aim of The Witness and the President was to analyze the lives and beliefs of Ronald Reagan and Whittaker Chambers and try to figure out which man was more correct about the future of freedom. Reagan was the supreme optimist. That doesn’t mean he didn’t see threats clearly, but he had faith… Read more »

Stalin, Ukraine, & Continued Russian Tyranny

Russian oppression of Ukraine is nothing new. Back in the days of Stalin, there was an attempt to wipe out all Ukrainian resistance to his policy via the genocide route. A book that documents this attempt, The Harvest of Sorrow by historian Robert Conquest and published in the 1980s, spells out clearly what Stalin sought to do and what he actually accomplished with respect to widespread death and destruction in Ukraine, especially in the state-sponsored famine of 1932-1933, known as… Read more »