The recent Narnia films have inspired a resurgence of interest in C. S. Lewis, the Oxford academic, popular theologian and, most famously, creator of the magical world of Narnia - and this authoritative new biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, sets out to introduce him to a new generation. Completely up to date with scholarly studies of Lewis, it also focuses on how Lewis came to write the Narnia books, and why they have proved so consistently engaging. Accessible and engaging, this new biography will appeal to fans of the films, readers of Lewis and of theologian and apologist Alister McGrath himself.
C. S. Lewis is one of the most influential Christian writers of our time. The Chronicles of Narnia has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and all Lewis's works are estimated to sell 6 million copies annually. At the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Lewis expert Devin Brown brings the beloved author's story to life in a fresh, accessible, and moving biography through focusing on Lewis's spiritual journey. Although it was clear from the start that Lewis would be a writer, it was not always clear he would become a Christian. Drawing on Lewis's autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetic and fictional writing, this book tells the inspiring story of Lewis's journey from cynical atheist to joyous Christian and challenges readers to follow their own calling. The book allows Lewis to tell his own life story in a uniquely powerful manner while shedding light on his best-known works.
C. S. Lewis, renowned Christian apologist and beloved author of childrens novels, is rarely thought of as a philosopher per se despite having both studied and taught philosophy for several years at Oxford. Moreover, Lewiss long journey to Christianity was essentially philosophical passing through seven different stages. This journey, as well as every philosophical topic Lewis discussed, including metaphysics, natural theology, epistemology, logic, psychology, ethics, socio-political philosophy, and aesthetics are explained here in detail. Barkman incorporates previously unexplored treasures from Lewiss unpublished philosophy lecture notes, lost philosophical essays, and hand-written annotations from copies of his philosophical books, such as Aristotles Ethics and Augustines City of God. _._._._._ Indispensable ~ Dr. James Como, author of Remembering C.S. Lewis._._._._._ A magisterial work, chock full of fresh historical tidbits and penetrating analysis. ~ Dr. David Bagget, author of C.S. Lewis as Philosopher.
A Beginner's Guide to the Life and Works of C.S. Lewis
Author: Thomas C. Peters
Category: Literary Criticism
This engaging book--the ideal prelude for anyone preparing to read one of C.S. Lewis's many volumes for the first time--offers an excellent introduction to this novelist, professor, and Christian apologist's life and works.
The Case For-And the Opposition Against-sainthood for C. S. Lewis
Author: Jon Kennedy
Saint Clive is a spiritual biography of C.S. Lewis and an exploration of his eligibility for sainthood in the traditional Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox criteria for determining such qualification. The 205-page speculative work is profusely referenced, includes a half dozen photographs of sites relating to Lewis, and has a thorough subject index. The author, a journalist-scholar and Orthodox Christian, has written two other books on Lewis as well as others on journalism and on the ministry of Jesus Christ. Chapters deal with the definition and biblical roots of sainthood; how Lewis's "mere Christianity" approach affected his sanctification; his years as an unbeliever and professed atheist; his radical conversion; his evangelistic outreaches; how his Christianity affected his creative writing; how paganism influenced him and his work; his understanding of sanctification; how his conversion affected his work as Oxford don and author; who would consider him worthy of sainthood; who would consider him unworthy, and why; the miracles in his life; and the manner in which he faced his own death.
Beloved by children and adults worldwide, the writings of C.S. Lewis have a broad and enduring appeal. Although he is best known for the iconic Chronicles of Narnia series, C. S. Lewis was actually a man of many literary parts. Already well-known as a scholar in the thirties, he became a famous broadcaster during World War Two and wrote in many genres, including satire (The Screwtape Letters), science fiction ( Perelandra), a novel (Till We Have Faces), and many other books on Christian belief, such as Mere Christianity and Miracles. His few sermons remain touchstones of their type. In addition to these, Lewis wrote hundreds of poems and articles on social and cultural issues, many books and articles in his field of literary criticism and history, and thousands of letters. At Oxford University he became a charismatic lecturer and conversationalist. Taken together his writings have engaged and influenced, often very deeply, millions of readers. Now Lewis societies, television documentaries, movies, radio plays, and theatrical treatments of his work and life have become common, and he is frequently quoted by journalists, critics, and public thinkers. This Very Short Introduciton delves into the vast corpus of C. S. Lewis' work, discussing its core themes and lasting appeal. As James Como shows, C. S. Lewis' life is just as interesting as his work. A complex man, he came to his knowledge, beliefs, and wisdom only after much tortuous soul-searching and many painful events. Moving chronologically through Lewis' life, Como provides throughout a picture of the whole man, his work, and his enduring legacy. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.