DOROTHY SAYERS ON THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTIANITY
November 11, 2018
A Review of
The Gospel In Dorothy L. Sayers, Edited By Carole Vanderhoof (Plough Publishing, 2018)
$18.00 241 pages ISBN: 978-0-87486-181-5
Reviewer: Forrest W. Schultz
Although Dorothy Sayers was not a professional theologian, she understood Christian theology, and often in her writings she deplored the false notions many people had of Christianity. One of her best known complaints was the widely held notion that Christianity was boring. She loved excoriating such nonsense by showing that real Christianity is the most exciting drama ever! Her slogan was: "The Dogma Is The Drama!!". For Sayers, Creation and Salvation are not just doctrines: they are the motifs, i.e. the dominant themes, of history, which is God's drama in which we are the characters and in which the Earth is the stage upon which it is enacted!! (pp. 55, 59, 113-119).
This and Sayers' other ideas about Christianity presented in this book are found, as its subtitle indicates, in various "selections from her novels, plays, letters and essays". There is also an addendum written by C. S. Lewis titled "A Panegryic for Dorothy L. Sayers", which I also encourage you to read.