When I did my National Service I was in the army and stationed in central London. I really just did office hours five days a week. It was during that time I met Dorothy L. Sayers. She was putting one of her religious plays on in the West End. I think it was called Emperor Constantine and it was about writing the Nicene Creed and Council of Nicaea and the great battles between Athanasius and Arius. I had a walk on part – I was a very ancient Bishop in the Council.
I was amazed at Dorothy Sayers’ knowledge and understanding. I remember thinking, “This dear lady actually believes this stuff.” And that set me thinking about Christian things.
I am just reading a biography about her. And I’ve just read some of her words, “The Christian Faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man.” Christ himself was no “household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies,” but God made flesh, “a shattering personality…..a dangerous firebrand…hero and victim…..they efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah and certified him meek and mild.”
How has the church become so unexciting – so grey and unbelieving without any fire at all in its belly! Oh for more people like Dorothy Sayers today!