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C.S. Lewis and Public Life Book

Contributing Authors and Acknowledgements


Contributing Authors


FRED BARNES is Executive Editor at The Weekly Standard and a regular commentator on PBS’s “The McLaughlin Group.”

DR. TOM BETHELL is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for The American Spectator and a Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

DON BONKER, a former Congressman from Washington state, is President of the International Management and Development Institute in Washington, D.C.

HON. DALE FOREMAN is former Majority Leader of the Washington State House of Representatives. An attorney from Wenatchee, he is author of Crucify Him: A Lawyer Looks at the Trial of Jesus.

GEORGE GILDER is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and author of such books as Wealth and Poverty, Men and Marriage, and Life After Television.

STEVEN HAYWARD is a Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

DR. EDWARD LARSON is a Professor of Law and History at the University of Georgia and a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute. His books include Summer for the Gods, which won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1998.

DR. MICHAEL MACDONALD is Professor of European Studies and Philosophy at Seattle Pacific University and co-editor of C. S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton: The Riddle of Joy and Permanent Things.

DR. GILBERT MEILAENDER is Professor of Religion at Oberlin College and author of The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C. S. Lewis.

DR. JOHN SEEL is Associate Director of Communications at the Stony Brook School in New York and is author of The Evangelical Forfeit.

GEORGE WEIGEL is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and he is presently writing the authorized biography of Pope John Paul II. He is also and an Adjunct Fellow of Discovery Institute. He is author and editor of numerous books, including The Final Revolution.

DR. JOHN G. WEST, JR. is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University. He is co-editor of The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and author of The Politics of Revelation and Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation.



This book originated with a Discovery Institute conference held on January14, 1995 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Seattle. I would like to acknowledgethe generous grant from Fieldstead and Company that made the conference and this book possible. I would also like to recognize the work of Kristine Ottaway who helped transcribe some of the conference sessions, and Jeremiah Lawson who edited the transcripts for publication.

–John G. West, Jr., Discovery Institute, July 1998.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Associate Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Associate Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.