An Orthodox Author-Maybe The Next C.S. Lewis?
WHEATON, Ill., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward is a genius. The opinion has been voiced in some high-IQ community circles that he is smarter than the average Nobel Prize Laureate. What he writes is fascinating. He wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher, and all of these feed into his writing. As far as talent goes, he has studied roughly half a dozen languages (excluding over a dozen computer languages). Hayward has won dozens of math awards, and as early as eighth grade studied calculus, wrote a four-dimensional maze, and ranked 7th in a nationwide math contest.
Hayward was formed as an author by C.S. Lewis, and some have suggested he might be an Orthodox C.S. Lewis, or possibly the next C.S. Lewis. Hayward’s website has won over 200 awards.
Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds an advanced certificate from the Sorbonne and master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).
The majority of Orthodox Christian theologian and author C.J.S. Hayward’s works, available on Amazon Kindle, are free of charge for the weekend, from midnight Friday, January 18, 2013 (Pacific) through Sunday, January 20. They include religion, literature, poetry, faith, philosophy, and mystical theology, and are available on Amazon from amazon.com/author/cjshayward or the award-winning JonathansCorner.com.
To quote the foreword to The Best of Jonathan’s Corner: An Anthology of Orthodox Christian Theology (paperback), written by medievalist Nicoletta Freedman on how C.J.S. Hayward succeeded at writing a work that C.S. Lewis envisioned but was himself unable to write:
The work that stands out most among the creative pieces, perhaps among all of them, is that which opens the book, The Angelic Letters. I have had the pleasure of reading nearly all of Hayward’s writings, and I was delighted that he undertook to write such a work. Readers who are familiar with C. S. Lewis’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’ will recognize at once that it is the very book which that author desired, but felt unable, to write in order to balance the demonic correspondence. It is a mark of Hayward’s skill, knowledge, and spiritual insight that he has successfully written something that such a theologian as Lewis did not wish to attempt, and according to a psychologist of his acquaintance, the average Harvard PhD has not ever met someone as talented as Hayward. He has of course accomplished this work with God’s help, but one must realize the spiritual struggle, mental effort, careful study, and deep prayer that has gone into every piece in this anthology. Hayward has done much work for us. He has grappled with questions and problems that many of us face, but we may not feel that we have the resources to confront them. We therefore can find within these pages words that will perhaps directly answer some of our questions and certainly facilitate the difficult but necessary task of learning and discerning that we all must carry out, each is he is able. I am privileged to introduce some of the fruit that has come from the author’s efforts to complete this task himself so that all may benefit from both its example and its contents. May it leave seeds of knowledge in all who read. This author has gathered pearls for us, and may we gladly look upon them. They hold glimmers that can reflect our lives.
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