Symbol or Substance: A Dialogue on the Eucharist with C. S. Lewis, Billy Graham and J. R. R. Tolkien

Peter J. Kreeft

Language: English

Publisher: Ignatius Press

Published: Feb 19, 2019


In his classic style of imagining fictional conversations between famous persons of history about important topics, Peter Kreeft once again does this in a brilliant way with C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Billy Graham talking about the Eucharist. He picked three of the most loved and respected representatives of the three main Christian theological traditions: the most famous modern Protestant evangelist, Graham; the most famous modern Anglican Christian writer, Lewis; and the most famous and popular modern Roman Catholic writer, Tolkien, whose Lord of the Rings was picked by three major reader polls as “the greatest book of the 20th century.” This “trialogue” explains, defends, and critiques three views of the Eucharist—the Roman Catholic view (transubstantiation), defended by Tolkien; the typically Protestant (holy symbol), defended by Graham; and the Anglican “via media” compromise defended by Lewis. Kreeft says that such a conversation may actually have happened, and it aims at historical realism.