Though well-known for The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis was also a renowned lecturer, essayist, apologist, and theologian. Through this course, students will explore the rich array of works and ideas that Lewis has to offer. We will analyze theological concepts and see how those ideas are also presented in works of allegorical fiction like the science fiction novel Out of the Silent Planet, the epistolary novel The Screwtape Letters, and the novella The Great Divorce. We will revisit a classic myth retold with a twist in Till We Have Faces and delve into rhetoric and apologetics with Mere Christianity. Along with these major works, students will read an assortment of essays and sermons from The Weight of Glory that cover Lewis’s thoughts and arguments on “Learning in War Time,” pacifism, poetry, Christian community, forgiveness, and more, while also learning more about Lewis’s personal, professional, and spiritual life from The Narnian biography by Alan Jacobs. Through class discussions, lectures, and assignments, students will engage with these texts along with historical context and secondary scholarship, learning how to synthesize their own thoughts and ideas with those in the larger academic conversation. Students will also receive expert feedback on research-supported essays featuring textual analysis, interpretation, and persuasion.
Works of C.S. Lewis
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Transcript Planning: On a TPS transcript this course lists for credit as an Academic Elective.