Charles Williams published War in Heaven in 1930, the first of his seven supernatural novels. In War in Heaven, Archdeacon Julian Davenant of Castra Parvulorum is the unlikely hero who embodies calm goodness. War in Heaven’s dramatic arc focuses on a struggle to control the legendary Holy Grail, the chalice that the characters believe Jesus used at the Last Supper, and brutal spiritual warfare. Amid a turning and twisting plot, Williams infuses the text with the theological concepts of coinherence, substitution, and exchange. In pivotal scenes, Williams imbues the Archdeacon’s words and actions with his theological framework. In making the unworldly and unlikely Archdeacon its hero, War in Heaven articulates the complexities of Williams’ theology and gives his audience a clear example of how one can live out coinherence.
Tanas, Germeen, "War in Heaven: The Archdeacon's Embodiment of Charles Williams' Coinherence" (2023). Student Works. 2.