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The Weight of Story: Marvels and “What Really Matters”

In his essay, “On Stories,” C. S. Lewis employs the marvelous word “Redskinnery” to describe “what really mattered to him” when he read stories set in the western American frontier.  “Take away the feathers, the high cheek-bones, the whiskered trousers, … Continue reading

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The End of Man: Lewis on Humanity Sacrificed

In the Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis examines the problems with “modern” education by taking to task the authors of “a book on English intended for  . . . the upper forms of schools.’”  Lewis’s concerns run far deeper … Continue reading

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Sons and Daughters: the Children of Narnia

The four Pevensie children at the center of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe are referred to in Narnia as “Sons of Adam” and “Daughters of Eve.”  No doubt C. S. Lewis intends for readers to see in these … Continue reading

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Images of Joy in Lewis’s “Surprised” and “Pilgrim’s Regress”

The idea of “Joy” is among C. S. Lewis’s most famous and familiar contributions to Christian literature.  Its influence on “the shape of his early life” is the central theme of Surprised by Joy (SJ), and its attainment is the … Continue reading

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Mere Reality: Reflections on C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters

C. S. Lewis was working simultaneously on the material that appeared in these two works–perhaps his best known writings outside of the Narnia books.  Mere Christianity was a compilation of a series of radio talks Lewis gave on BBC Radio … Continue reading

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Show Me The Way

The Question of God Part 8 (Lewis Segment, “Defender of the Faith“; Conversation 8, “Moral Law“) As we near the end of our journey, our focus centers on Lewis and the question of an absolute basis for moral law.  Just … Continue reading

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Good, Bad & Ugly

The Question of God, Part 7(Freud segment, “Civilization and Its Discontents”; Conversation 7, “The Human Condition”) One of the most significant transitions in the Story of Western Civilization is that from a “Pre-Modern” to the “Modern” worldview.  The “God-Centered” order … Continue reading

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Libido & Love

The Question of God Part 6 (Freud segment–“Libido”; Lewis segment–“The Four Loves”; Conversation 6–“Love Thy Neighbor”) In 1905 Freud wrote a series of essays on sexuality which associated sex— or libido — as the driving force of our desires and … Continue reading

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The Discarded Image

The Question of God, Part 5 (Freud Segment, “Human Mythology“; Lewis Segment, “From Spirits to God“; Panel Discussion, “Miracles“) Freud was determined in his research and writing to demonstrate that religious sentiments could be traced to historical, cultural, and psychological … Continue reading

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Return to Me

The Question of God, Part 4 (C.S. Lewis segment, “A Leap in the Dark”; Panel Discussion, “Why Believe?”) C. S. Lewis seemed a reluctant atheist, keeping God at bay through intellectual pride and accusations of injustice and infidelity.  Yet the … Continue reading

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