Romantic Religion

A Study of Owen Barfield, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien

R. J. Reilly

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An in-depth study of the four 'Oxford Christians' revealing the depths of their creative imagination and the lasting effect of their work.

216 x 138 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Philosophy of Human Life; Art & Literature
220 pages
Publication date:
25 Jan 2007
2nd edition


This classic book on the four 'Oxford Christians' is now available again with a new Preface by R. J. Reilly himself.

Reilly provides insights into the literary, religious and philosophical background of these extraordinary writers and thinkers, and the remarkable effect of their work which endures in the public imagination. Devoting a chapter to each of Owen Barfield, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien, he explores their creative imagination and discusses their differences and similarities.


'An especially valuable guide to these writers' intellectual principles and goals. This is a splendid book, highly recommended.'
-- Philip Zaleski, editor of Best American Spiritual Writing

'The world is awash with writing on the Inklings these days, but precious little of it has the scope, the clarity, and the ability to surprise and convince that are in evidence on just about every page of this pioneering and brilliant study.'
-- Ptolemy Tompkins, author of Paradise Fever and senior editor of Guideposts Magazine

'I came away from a recent rereading with a renewed sense of the vital relevance of these four thinkers to the philosophical, theological and religious tasks of our post-secular world.'
-- Jacob Holsinger Sherman, California Institute of Integral Studies

'I love this book. The writing is beautiful; the point of view, wise and illuminating; and Reilly is one of the few who can elucidate Barfield’s famously condensed prose without watering it down.'
-- Kate Farrell, author of Time’s River: The Voyage of Life in Art & Poetry


Robert James Reilly, born in 1925, is Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of Detroit, where he taught for thirty three years. He lives in Detroit.

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