I have just begun to read R.J. Reilly’s Romantic Religion which is certain to make something I wrote with a similar title pale into insignificance. However, when I wrote Romantic Christianity, I was unaware of the existence of Reilly’s book. He planned his work around the four well-known twentieth-century literary figures J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams. I went from a more historical point of view and added my own thoughts. I am sure that I am promised a fascinating read with this book.
From the write-up to which I linked, I quote:
The title Romantic Religion reflects Reilly’s premise that these four thinkers share a “matured romanticism.” For them, creative imagination is central, with literary and religious views intimately related.
Matured romanticism? Certainly these four men in the twentieth century had a more profound vision than some of the nineteenth-century men Bouyer so acidly criticised for their lack of intellectual depth. When I finish this work, I intend to read Louis Bouyer’s Memoires,which were published posthumously. Indeed, Dr William Tighe warmly recommended this work. I also need to find a copy of Dom Alcuin Reid’s The Reformed Liturgy: A ‘Cadaver Decomposed’? Louis Bouyer and Liturgical Ressourcement, in: Antiphon 16 (2012). I have a suspicion that Bouyer also evolved since his days on the Vatican II committees of liturgical experts.
Just give me time to get through these two substantial tomes. There is a third! Today I found Bouyer’s Cosmos, The World and the Glory of God in my mailbox. I also need to wade through Vögelin’s Science, Politics & Gnosticism to understand what he understood about Gnosticism in order to blame it for all the evils of the modern world. Quite a few right-wing conservatives have their whipping boys, and need to be approached critically.
So, a lot of reading to do…