Robert MacSwain's The Cambridge companion to C.S. Lewis PDF

By Robert MacSwain

ISBN-10: 0521711142

ISBN-13: 9780521711142

A exceptional educational, influential Christian apologist, and best-selling writer of kid's literature, C. S. Lewis is a arguable and enigmatic determine who maintains to fascinate, fifty years after his demise. This better half is the 1st entire single-volume research written by way of a global crew of students to survey Lewis's occupation as a literary historian, well known theologian, and inventive author. Twenty-one specialist voices from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, and Wheaton, between many different locations of studying, learn Lewis's paintings from theological, philosophical, and literary views. a few chapters think about his specialist contribution to fields akin to severe thought and highbrow historical past, whereas others investigate his perspectives on concerns together with ethical wisdom, gender, prayer, conflict, love, pain, and Scripture. the ultimate chapters examine his paintings as a author of fiction and poetry. unique in its procedure and specific in its scope, this significant other exhibits that C. S. Lewis was once even more than in simple terms the guy in the back of Narnia.

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29 In his criticism Lewis allows us – perhaps forces us – to see old texts in the vivacity with which he saw them. 9University on Tue Feb 12 22:31:23 WET 2013. 002 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2013 Literary critic 27 other than our own is of the same genre of capacity as to be able to imagine a vanished past within the time scheme of our own world. In Lewis there was no large distance between the primary and secondary imaginations of Coleridge. He is hardly less imaginative in the expression of his thought as in the thought itself.

3 While still a young man and an atheist he already recognized the same decisive shift. 6 It is perhaps for this reason that Austen is not readily imagined as a Romantic writer, since Romantics are assumed to be morally subversive. Yet she was a contemporary of Wordsworth’s. The Romantic movement, by seeking to restore a supernatural dimension to popular conceptions of reality, suggests how far a secularizing materialism had, by the late eighteenth century, taken hold. A further resurgence of this secularizing trend occurred with the growth of scientism in the Victorian period, though, once again, the depth of enthusiasm for Wordsworth (among such progressive intellectuals as John Stuart Mill and George Eliot) suggests how strongly it was being resisted.

Accordingly, his essays are constantly being repackaged in a bewildering array of new combinations and titles. What Lewis desperately deserves and needs is a proper, multi-volume, critical edition of his work from start to finish – but this will not appear for many years. g. Norman Pittenger, ‘Apologist versus Apologist’, Christian Century 75 (1958), 1104–07, and Lewis’s response, ‘Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger’, Christian Century 75 (1958), 1359–61; repr. in UND 177–83. See, for example, Bruce L. S.

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