This course will take place in the historic and beautiful cities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, where C.S. Lewis lived and worked most of his life. It will enable participants to visit and experience the sites most closely associated with him, as well as meet and hear some people who knew Lewis or studied him in depth. Lewis' was a well known voice in the U.K. during the Second World War and is widely regarded as the most influential Christian apologist and communicator in the time since. Over 200 million copies of his books have appeared in nearly 20 languages, with sales continuing to increase every year. His relationship with Joy Davidman has been turned into a successful stage play, television drama and feature film. The first major film of one of his Chronicles of Narnia was a box office success and the third in the series was released in 2010 to much acclaim and popularity. Lewis was influential in the conversion of many significant public figures and his legacy even lives on in popular culture today. This course will explore the versatile, innovative and profound nature of his writings with a view toward asking what he can still teach us today to those involved in evangelistic, pastoral, educational, spiritual, student or children's ministries.
**Given that this course will fall during the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' death, this class will have unique opportunities to participate in the special events coordinated for the anniversary.
What Others Have Thought:
"Dr. Banks helped me to be more appreciative of imagination and the need to go beyond reason in order to understand God more fully. Along the same lines, this course broadened my understanding of the need to engage people's imagination in my teaching/preaching context."
"The time was SO rich and I have referred to it so many times since the classes finished. Few courses have affected me as deeply as I believe the long-lasting impact of this course will have in so many different areas of my life."
students will create a practical resource guide that they could use in the ministry context in which they are involved. Students will also do a reflective project where they look at some aspect of Lewis' contribution that has practical implications for their present ministry.
Sample Readings From This Course May Include:
Howard, Thomas. C. S. Lewis Man of Letters: A Reading of His Fiction. Ignatius Press, 2004.
Lewis, C.S. The Great Divorce. HarperOne, 1945.
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (1950).
Martindale, Wayne. Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S.Lewis on Heaven and Hell. Crossway Books, 2005.
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