C. S. Lewis

Besides leading Scottsdale Presbyterian Church as our Pastor, Dr. Bruce R. Johnson is also involved in a number of scholarly efforts related to the British author C. S. Lewis. He is General Editor of  Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal and President of the C. S. Lewis Society. Pastor Bruce has lectured on C. S. Lewis in Britain and the United States, and written on Lewis for SEVEN: An Anglo-American Library Review, The Journal of Inklings Studies, CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society, and Sehnsucht, as well as contributing a chapter to C. S. Lewis's Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos (2013). The focus of his current research is the work of C. S. Lewis with the Royal Air Force Chaplain's Branch during World War II.

Articles by Pastor Bruce

  • “The Efforts of C. S. Lewis to Aid British Prisoners of War during World War II,” (2018)

  • “Scripture, Setting, and Audience in the RAF Talks of C. S. Lewis,” (2014)
  • “C. S. Lewis at RAF Abingdon,”(2014)
  •  “C. S. Lewis and the BBC’s Brains Trust: A Study in Resiliency,” (2013)
  •  “Answers that Belonged to Life: C. S. Lewis and the Origins of the Royal Air Force Chaplains’ School, Cambridge,” (2011-12)
  • (With David C. Downing) “C. S. Lewis’s Unfinished ‘Easley Fragment’ and his Unfinished Journey,” (2011)
  • “Enchanting Luna and Militant Mars: The Shorter Planetary Fiction of C.S. Lewis,” (2010)
  • "All My Dogs Before Me;" (2007)

Editorial work by Pastor Bruce


Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, established by the Arizona C. S. Lewis Society in 2007, is the only peer-reviewed academic journal devoted exclusively to the study of C. S. Lewis and his writings published anywhere in the world. It exists to promote literary, theological, historical, biographical, philosophical, bibliographical and cultural interest (broadly defined) in Lewis and his writings. The journal includes articles, review essays, book reviews, film reviews and play reviews, bibliographical material, poetry, interviews, editorials, and announcements of Lewis-related conferences, events and publications. Its readership is aimed at academic scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as learned non-scholars and Lewis enthusiasts.

Pastor Bruce is also the editor of the forthcoming book, The Undiscovered C. S. Lewis: New Thoughts and Directions in Lewis Studies.