Dr. Christopher Mitchell
~~Dr. Christopher Mitchell is Professor of Christian Thought in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in California. One of the world’s leading C. S. Lewis scholars, Mitchell served as director of the Marion E. Wade Center — a study center at Wheaton College devoted to the work of Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and five other British authors — from 1994 to 2013. He will be releasing a critical edition of C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man in 2014. Mitchell has also authored several published works on C. S. Lewis, most recently, "C.S. Lewis as a Lay Minister," in Persona and Paradox: Issues in Identity for C.S. Lewis, his Friends and Associates, eds. Suzanne Bray and William Gray (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012).
Dr. Mitchell received a M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where his concentration was Historical Theology. He serves as Book Review Editor for Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review, a journal published annually by the Wade Center on its authors. He lectures widely on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis as well as on the other authors of the Wade Center, which include Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Charles Williams. He has given lectures on Lewis/Tolkien/The Inklings at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; at the Annual Tolkien Symposium; and at various colleges and universities nationwide, including Ohio State, Baylor, Brigham Young, Wayne State, Calvin College, and Wheaton College.
Dr. Mitchell has also authored several published works on Lewis, including “Bearing the Weight of Glory: The Cost of C. S. Lewis’s Witness,” in The Pilgrim’s Guide: C. S. Lewis and the Art of Witness (Eerdmans, 1998); and “University Battles: C. S. Lewis and the Oxford University Socratic Club,” in C. S. Lewis: Lightbearer in the Shadowlands (Crossway Books, 1997).
Mitchell and his wife, Julie, live in Wheaton with the two youngest of their four children.