Many life-long fans of the Chronicles of Narnia can recount the joy they experienced upon discovering that C.S. Lewis was much more than a writer of children’s fiction. He was one of the great Christian minds of the 20th century, writing expertly on Christian theology, ethics, and apologetics. The purpose of the course is to better be acquainted with Jack Lewis, and to gain a greater appreciation of how his thought is as relevant in the 21st century as it was in his own time. The first unit of this course will focus on the life of Lewis; the second unit will focus on the worldview and cosmology of the Narnia series, along with a study of Lewis’ “Space Trilogy”; the third unit will focus on Lewis’ theology; and the fourth unit will focus on Lewis’ prophetic view of modernity. The class will employ a seminar format which will encourage students to refine their abilities to think, discuss, and debate some of the great ideas that Lewis puts forth in his many works.
Prerequisites: minimum age of 12; must have read the complete Chronicles of Narnia before first day of class.
The course will cover the following works by C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Joy, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength, Mere Christianity, God in the Dock and The Abolition of Man. The Professor of Narnia, by Will Vaus and The Narnia Code, by Michael Ward will also be covered.