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Fall 2010




ST574:   THEOLOGY OF C. S. LEWIS.   Grayson Carter.



DESCRIPTION:  This course surveys a wide range of C. S. LewisÕs theological and imaginative writings, with a view to major themes, including apologetic, theological, and spiritual.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:  The effective practice of Christian ministry will be enhanced by developing an understanding of – and appreciation for – the remarkable impact of C. S. LewisÕs contributions, not only to the area of Christian apologetics but also to the world of the imagination (i.e., fiction with a profound spiritual component). While our classroom investigations and discussions will be primarily biographical, theological, and literary in nature, every effort will be made to set aside time in class for the practical application of the material under consideration.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:  This course should (i) enhance a studentÕs basic factual and thematic knowledge of the life, writings, and theology of C. S. Lewis; (2) help students gain a basic competence in how to interpret LewisÕs theology; (3) help students gain a greater ability to evaluate various theological issues and their development; and (4) provide students with the tools and knowledge for a critical and sympathetic appreciation for the breadth, unity, and diversity of LewisÕs life and theological contribution.


COURSE FORMAT:  The class will meet on Thursdays from 6.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. Time will be devoted to lectures, questions/answers, and discussion.


REQUIRED READING: A minimum of 1200 pages of reading selected from the following list. All books written by C. S. Lewis unless designated otherwise. Though for some classes there is a choice of more than one volume, only one volume from each class can be included in the 1200 page count. Moreover, though a section of a certain book may be listed under a later class, the page count from reading that particular book may not be counted more than once.

Class 1 (Note: Pre-reading assignment): Surprised by Joy. Harcourt, 1975. (238 pages) ISBN:0156870118, $13.00.

Class 2: Como, James T., ed. Remembering C. S. Lewis. Ignatius, 2005. (509 pages) ISBN:9781586171087, $18.95.

Class 3: Mere Christianity. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (227 pages) ISBN:0060652926, $13.99.

Class 4: The PilgrimÕs Regress. Eerdmans, 1992. (219 pages) ISBN:0802806414, $16.00, or Miracles. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (304 pages) ISBN:0060653019, $13.99, or God in the Dock. Eerdmans, 1994. (346 pages) ISBN:0802808689, $18.00.

Class 5: The Chronicles of Narnia. HarperCollins, 2004. (any one volume, 240-320 pages) ISBN:0060598247, $6.99-$7.99; or We Have Faces. Harcourt, 1980. (324 pages) ISBN:0156904365, $14.00.

Class 6: Out of the Silent Planet. Scribner, 2003. (160 pages) ISBN:0743234901, $14.00, or Perelandra. Scribner, 2003. (192 pages) ISBN:074323491X, $14.00, or That Hideous Strength. Scribner, 2003. (384 pages) ISBN:0743234928, $16.00.

Class 7: The Screwtape Letters. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001 (224 pages) ISBN:0060652934, $13.99, or The Great Divorce. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (160 pages.) ISBN:0060652950, $13.99.

Class 8: The Problem of Pain. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (176 pages) ISBN:0060652969, $12.99, or A Grief Observed. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (112 pages) ISBN:0060652381, $11.99.

Class 9: The Abolition of Man. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (128 pages) ISBN:0060652944, $11.99, or Mere Christianity (Book 1) HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (24 pages) ISBN:0060652926, $13.99, or Miracles (chapter 5) HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (8 pages) ISBN:0060653019 $13.99.

Class 10: The Abolition of Man. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001. (128 pages) ISBN: 0060652944, $11.99, or The Discarded Image. Cambridge, (242 pages) ISBN: 9780521477352, $19.99.



Carpenter, Humphrey. The Inklings. Houghton Mifflin, 1979. ISBN:0395276284, $40.00

Ford, Paul F. Companion to Narnia. HarperSanFrancisco, 2004. ISBN:9780062503404, $16.99.

Goffar, Janine. The C. S. Lewis Index. Crossway, 1995. ISBN:0891079807, $140.99.

Hooper, Walter, ed. The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis. Vols. 1-3. HarperSanFrancisco, 2004-2007. ISBN:060727632 $34.95; ISBN: 0060727640 $34.95; ISBN:0060819227, $42.95.

_________. C. S. Lewis Companion and Guide. HarperSanFrancisco, 1996. ISBN: 0060638796, $71.90.

Schultz, Jeffrey, and West, John G., Jr., eds. The C. S. Lewis ReadersÕ Encyclopedia. Zondervan, 1988. ISBN: 9780310215387, 22.80.


ASSIGNMENTS:  (1) Two 10-page research papers: 80% of final grade (40% x 2).  (2) Class attendance, participation and engagement: 20% of final grade.




RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:  MDIV: Elective; MAT: ST/Elective; MA: Elective; MACL: ST/Elective