Many evangelicals today have marinated in the imaginative and apologetic writings of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy L. Sayers. We love these writers for their Christian imaginations and their clear insights into how the gospel critiques modern culture and speaks to modern hearts and minds. But we do not stop to look into the deep well from which each of these drew: medieval Christianity. Each was a published scholar in the field of medieval studies. Together, they serve as a group of docents, ushering us into the strength and wisdom of medieval faith. I will use them as such in this introductory chapter.
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