C.S. Lewis

Surprised by Jack

By |2019-02-26T20:44:19-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Character, Christianity, Literature, Senior Contributors|

C.S. Lewis’s writings are endlessly fascinating because the man himself was endlessly fascinating—to himself as well as to others. He saw life as a sort of drama and art, one in which the will shapes what Providence has so generously provided. One can readily and happily delve into C.S. Lewis’s autobiography of 1955, Surprised [...]

The Classics and Christianity

By |2019-01-11T15:44:57-05:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Civilization, Classical Education, Classics, Culture, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Learning, Literature, Myth, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, St. Augustine, Virgil, Western Civilization, Western Tradition, Worldview|

Christians invented the classical curriculum; it is as much part of the broader Western inheritance as it is specifically part of the Christian inheritance… Why study old books? How do dusty old books written by dead men and women thousands of years ago grow my faith? Such can be common thoughts when the Christian [...]

Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age

By |2019-07-23T11:43:15-05:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christendom, Christian Living, Community, Friendship, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

What is friendship? Why is it important and why is it worth cultivating? These axiomatic questions form a significant part of the thought and writing of C. S. Lewis. In a letter to his lifelong friend, Arthur Greeves, Lewis touched upon the heart and meaning of friendship: The First [Universal Friend] is the alter [...]

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

By |2019-02-18T02:22:55-05:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Aldous Huxley, Ayn Rand, Books, C.S. Lewis, Featured, George Orwell, Literature, Philosophy, Walker Percy|

In a culture in which algorithms control the content we consume—what movies to watch, what goods to buy, what news to listen to—the choice to read a book whose philosophy opposes our own and questions our sacred assumptions is nothing short of revolutionary... “I choose novels that let me turn my brain off,” a student [...]

Narnia for Grown-Ups

By |2018-09-12T22:09:22-05:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce|

C.S. Lewis, like his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, possessed the gift of bringing great truths to light through the telling of stories, much as Christ does in His parables and indeed in the story of His life... Editor's Note: The following is an interview with Joseph Pearce.  Your new book is entitled Further Up and Further [...]

Lewis, Letters, and Love

By |2018-09-05T22:16:55-05:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Love, Paul Elmer More, T.S. Eliot|

Real, actual letters are a gift, an insight into our best and our worst selves. Unlike the present world of the ephemeral email and hatchet posts on social media, letters of the pre-internet era could be gorgeous works of art. In them, the writer shares just a bit of his soul, preserving it for time, [...]

C.S. Lewis: Man of Faith or Warmed-Over Pagan?

By |2018-08-22T13:21:04-05:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Religion|

When C.S. Lewis converted to Christianity in 1931, he admitted that he did so in large part because Christianity answered the pagan longings he had experienced in his love of mythology and of all things northern... Northern Irishman C.S. Lewis holds such an important place in the hearts, minds, and souls of American Protestants that [...]

Apocalyptic Visions: Faith, Reason, & Science Fiction

By |2018-08-18T20:54:56-05:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Philosophy, Science|

The apocalyptic vision in science fiction is akin to the memento mori in mediaeval art. It reminds us of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. And these last things remind us of the first things—most importantly the primary reality that we are made in the image of God to love and [...]

Pride and the Fall in Tolkien’s Second Age

By |2019-04-16T16:26:36-05:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature|

J.R.R. Tolkien's story of Númenor is the story of Athens, Rome, Great Britain, the United States, and every power that began with the best of intentions and saw itself decline because of envy and pride. It is the story of the Fall in Eden. It is grim, timeless, and true... Unquestionably, Tolkien's mythology was massive [...]

Progressing Toward What? C.S. Lewis & “The Abolition of Man”

By |2018-08-07T23:58:33-05:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Conservatism|

Seventy-five years after the publication of C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man, it is safe to say that the scientists and technologists and state makers and educational institutions and corporations have continued on the deadly path of making man not in the image of God, as manifested in nature, but in the image of some men, [...]

C.S. Lewis & The Abolition of “Progress”

By |2019-04-18T12:24:00-05:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Ideology, Truth|

C.S. Lewis believed that immutable and timeless universal principles governed all persons throughout time and space. Though these principles would find manifestations particular to era, culture, and individual, the rules remained eternal. Additionally, these natural laws would always and everywhere be “self-evident.” Men might choose to ignore, distort, or mock them, but they could [...]

“The Abolition of Man” at Age Seventy-Five

By |2018-08-07T10:07:40-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Bradley Birzer's Abolition of Man Series, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Reason, Truth, Virtue|

In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men without chests... No one could rightly accuse C.S. Lewis, who was raised as [...]