The Theological Imagination of C.S. Lewis

Speaker(s): Michael Ward
Date: July 27-31, 2009
Length: 10:23:40
Product ID: RGDL3929S

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C.S. Lewis is known as one of the most effective Christian apologists and one of the most successful fiction writers of the 20th Century, but what did he actually think about the place of imagination in theological writing and what did he consider to be the most important tools of communication in story-telling? What part did his professional interests as a medieval literary historian play in the works which have made him famous? This course examines Lewis's theoretical understanding of imagination and its relationship with reason and divine inspiration. The course also undertakes a number of case studies, investigating how Lewis put his theories into practice in his best-known works, the Chronicles of Narnia. Lectures include:

  • "Bluspels and Flalansferes": The Importance of Metaphorical Language
  • Lewis: Conversion, Imagination, and Rationalism
  • Authorship Through Suggestion
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Reception and Criticism
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: A Survey of Imaginative Theological Method

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Michael Ward is Professor of Apologetics at Houston Bible University in Houston, Texas, USA, and Director of the C.S. Lewis Centre in Oxford, UK. He is author of The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens and Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, as well as editor (with Robert MacSwain) of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.

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