Worth remembering that *in his own lifetime* his academic career was negatively impacted by his evangelism and open Christianity. While he and Dorothy L. Sayers and a handful of others worked hard to bring thoughtful and muscular Christianity to the British populace via radio, plays, broadcasting, etc., the personal cost to Lewis was quite profound.
So, in that sense, it's nothing new. Oxford dismissed him as a scholar because he was a visible Christian (why JRRT encouraged him to go to Cambridge and receive some of the respect he was due). And, of course, Oxford bemoaned JRRT as having wasted his talents as a linguist by pursuing all that fantastical stuff...
Perhaps the real lesson is that Oxford (academia in general?) may not have a great handle on what's truly important!! ;D
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, Jason Fisher <visualweasel@...> wrote:
> > Increasingly, it seems, Lewis is an author of whom many people are wary. [...]
> > People who perhaps haven't even read him have their backs up because he's
> > associated with American evangelicals so much.
> For what it's worth, Dale, I don't think this is exactly new. Your assessment
> here was equally true in the early 80s when I first encountered the Space
> Trilogy. At least, the same kind of attitude you describe is exactly what I saw
> growing up.