Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis: Reading in a Covid context

College Director Dan Strange shares introductory talks from two recent College community events focussed around work from Martin Luther and C.S. Lewis.

Over the last two months, Oak Hill has held two college community events. On March 26th, and early into the lock-down, we had a dramatic reading of Martin Luther's 1527 letter “Whether one may flee from a deadly plague” (

The letter was read by Richard Garnett, a communication consultant and former Royal Shakespeare Company actor who is a friend of the college having run our student communication workshops at Oak Hill for over a decade. Richard’s reading was preceded by a short introductory talk by Oak Hill’s Systematic Theology and Church History lecturer Dr Matthew Bingham

This event was followed on May 5th with Richard reading again, this time reading C.S. Lewis’ 1939 sermon ‘Learning in Wartime’ (available in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (1949)) On this occasion the introductory talk was given by Mr. Colin Duriez, a world renowned authority of Lewis.

Both events were well received and each time we were able to discuss implications and applications to our current Covid context.

Although we are unable to share recordings of the events, Colin and Matthew have kindly given permission for their introductory talks to be made available. We hope you find them a useful guide as you engage with these important and relevant texts.

Read an introduction of 'Whether one may flee from a deadly plague' by Dr Matthew Bingham

Read an introduction of 'Learning in Wartime' by Colin Duriez