Good question. I don't know of any adequate study, and I'd be
interested in hearing of it if you turn up one. I think the problem
may be that Barfield was heterodox. Folks who discover him on their
own usually aren't particularly interested in his religious beliefs,
which are interesting but don't play a very large role in his work.
Contrarywise, folks who approach him from the point of view of the
other Inklings (say, C. S. Lewis) often exaggerate his orthodoxy.
Most of what Barfield himself has to say on the subject appears in
UNANCESTRAL VOICE (highly recommended), the third of his Burgeon books.
P.S.: R. J. Reilly's ROMANTIC RELIGION might be worth checking if you
want to pursue this and if you can find a copy. It's been far too
long since I've read this (1978), but as I recall he's better on
Barfield than any of the other three Inklings he covers (i.e., Lewis,
Williams, & Tolkien), so there may be something helpful there.
On May 22, 2006, at 9:37 AM, Kevin Bowring wrote:
> Does anyone know whether something like an adequate study of
> Barfield's relationship to Christianity has been written? This
> seems a vexed question.
> Kevin Bowring
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