GEORGE MACDONALD, Father of the Inklings, is the Victorian novelist and seer C.S. Lewis called his spiritual “master.” His books influenced the writings of the “Wheaton Seven,” including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and those known as the Inklings. Michael Phillips is the writer who helped bring MacDonald's works to widespread public attention in the 1980s. Fatheroftheinklings is dedicated to the legacy of bold thinking Christianity through the writings of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Phillips.
GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905), forerunner of the Inklings--Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer-- was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout Great Britain and the U.S. in the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era's great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He thus became the foundational member of Wheaton's Wade Center "Seven." After his … [For articles about George MacDonald, go to GEORGE MACDONALD]
MICHAEL PHILLIPS (b.1946), one of many in a rising generation of spiritual offspring of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and the legacy of the Inklings, has made it his life's passion to promote the teachings of these giants of the past. Following the tradition of C.S. Lewis, he stands with others through the years who have shared a vision to awaken interest in the man known as the "Father of the Inklings," including the names Kilby, Yates, Hein, Sadler, Reis, Robb, Amell, Triggs, Raeper, and many contributors to this important work. Through their efforts, MacDonald's legacy lives on in the lives of thousands of spiritual grandsons and granddaughters. Michael Phillips is widely known as George MacDonald’s … For articles about Michael Phillips, go to MICHAEL PHILLIPS]
BEHIND THE WARDROBE is a phrase conveying a world of spiritual reality unseen by the masses but discovered by those with courage to explore it. This page of the website contains books and essays, chiefly by Michael Phillips, on bold thinking Christianity. As there will be no more writings from the pens of C.S. Lewis or George MacDonald, it is Michael’s goal to further the spiritual vision of the two men by providing thought-provoking writings that challenge readers as they did toward mentally robust faith. The article “What is Behind the Wardrobe” explains this priority in detail. BEHIND THE WARDROBE contains writings and features on "bold thinking Christianity," attempting to bring to … [For books and articles by Michael Phillips, go to BEHIND THE WARDROBE]