A Fly On the Wall

Most people have heard and probably used the phrase; “I would like to have been a fly on the wall when…”

The place I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall was in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford England in the 1950’s. This is where the Inklings met each week. The Inklings were a literary group who’s two most famous members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

I would have loved to listen to their discussions, on everything from the quality of the beer to politics and religion. What I admire about Tolkien and Lewis is that they could make the complex simple and interesting at the same time.

Good minds, intelligent minds, have great understanding but often have difficulty in explaining the complex to those who aren’t as intelligent. Great minds can take the exceedingly complex and make it understandable to those who are less brilliant.

When I was in seminary I read many a theologian and Biblical scholar who were obviously highly intelligent, but took two pages on a single spaced page to explain what could be said in two sentences by a truly brilliant person.

Lewis and Tolkien were the latter. They could take the incredibly complicated and write them in books in such a way that children enjoyed reading them. Not only did they enjoy their stories, but they also learned a lot about God and His word, the Bible.

The Eagle and the Baby. That’s where I would like to have been a fly on the wall. Listening to Lewis and Tolkien explaining the incredibly complex in a way that even I would have understood.

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