Welcome to C.S. Hayward, "The Good Parts!"

A close-up of author C.S. Hayward

A word from the author

I am the Orthodox author whose name, "Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward," has trilettered on Facebook to "CSH" for "C.S. Hayward."

I began collecting unique creative works on my main website about a decade before I was received into the Orthodox Church, and sometime after that offered the works of a recent convert. Neither of these is all bad, but some are better than others.

Now I am working on another collection: works I would recommend to an Orthodox reader today. If you've heard of Douglas Crockford's "The Good Parts" for JavaScript, I am trying to do the same basic project for my own work. The overall collection is still very large, but purer and more tightly focused.

Hayward has read the Bible in seven ancient, medieval, and modern languages. C.S. Lewis formed him, as a writer, but the student has moved beyond his influence and surpassed his muse in all the works Hayward has produced that rival his mentor and inspiration.

-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

The Very Best Parts

The pure, distilled best of my writing career so far is brought together in the collection C.J.S. Hayward in Under 99 Pages, which I strongly suggest is worth owning in paper.

The very best works include:

The Angelic Letters

This takes as its point of departure C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, but instead of offering demonic mentorship in tempting a man, it offers Heavenly, angelic mentorship to a caring guardian angel.

A Canticle to Holy and Blessed Solipsism

This is a poem of paradox and wonder.

"Religion and Science" Is Not Just Intelligent Design vs. Evolution

This is a non-scholarly statement of the substance I intended to be my doctoral thesis in theology.

Plato: The Allegory of the... Flickering Screen?

This offers a very light touch to Plato's most famous allegory, which speaks powerfully to technology today.


This is a hymn, a poem, a paean celebrating the grandeur of an incomparable God that incomparably flows out on the entire world.

The Consolation of Theology

This book takes as its point of departure C.S. Lewis's favorite book of all time, St. Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy, and is intended to be the work so many people wonder why St. Boethius didn't write.