Professor of English Emeritus
B.A., 1954: Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
B.D., 1957: Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana.
M.A., 1963: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Ph.D., 1971: Course work, University of Minnesota and Purdue. Degree, Purdue University. Dissertation: Faith and Fiction: A Study of the Effects of Religious Convictions in the Adult Fantasies and Novels of George MacDonald.
Professional and Personal Interests
- 19th and 20th Century British and American Literature
- Mythology and Mythopoeia
Membership in Professional Societies
- National Association of Scholars
- George MacDonald Society
The Harmony Within: The Spiritual Vision of George MacDonald. Rev. ed. Cornerstone of Chicago, 1999.
George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker. Star Song, 1993. 2nd ed.: Johannesen Printing and Publishing, 1999.
The Heart of George MacDonald: a one-volume collection of his most important fiction, essays, sermons, drama, poetry and letters. Harold Shaw, 1994.
Chapter on George MacDonald in In Search of the Celestial City: The Literature of Spiritual Pilgrimage, James S. Bell and Wayne Martindale, eds., Moody Press. Projected publication date, 1995.
(Ed.) Lilith: A Variorum Edition by George MacDonald. Johannesen Printing and Publishing, 1997. Two volumes.
Christian Mythmakers. Cornerstone Press Chicago, 1998. Rev. ed., 2002.
"G. K. Chesterton: Myth, Paradox, and the Commonplace," Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review (1996).
"Divine Imagination: Dante's Divine Comedy" CHRISTIAN HISTORY 70 (Vol. XX. No 2)2001.
"Walking into Eternity." Inaugural lecture as Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English, Wheaton College. September 29, 1994.
"'What the Dear Imagination Dares': The Mythic Vision of George MacDonald." Paper presented to the Third Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on November 16, 2001, at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.
"To Hell with Dante! (To Purgatory and Paradise Too)." A series of four seminars presented at The Cornerstone Festival 2002, July 2 - 6, Bushnell, IL.
"Doors out and Doors in: The Genius of Myth." Address given to the "C. S. Lewis and Inklings Conference" at Oklahoma City University, April 4, 2003.
"Those Perplexing Dimensions: a Study of the Lilith Manuscripts." Plenary Speech given to the C. S. Lewis and Inklings Conference at Oklahoma City University, April 5, 2003.
George MacDonald: Images of his World, a pictorial biography composed jointly with Prof. Larry E. Fink of Hardin-Simmons University, with pictures being taken by Prof. Fink and text furnished by myself.
Growing with my Garden: Thoughts on Tending the Soil and the Soul. Cornerstone Press, June 2004.
"Those Perplexing Dimensions: The Influence of Dante upon the Lilith Manscripts" Article submitted to Seven: An Anglo-American Journal