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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Tentative Outline of my half of the Lewis course

1—Introduction; historical and autobiographical background
2—Lewis Becomes a Theist: from Surprised by Joy, “The First Years,” “The Great Knock,” “The New Look,” and “Checkmate”. (Might discuss relevant passages from Pilgrim’s Regress)
3—Lewis Becomes a Theist: from Miracles, “The Self-Contradiction of the Naturalist” and “A Further Difficulty in Naturalism” (photocopy)
4—Lewis Becomes a Christian: Letters to Arthur Greeves; “What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?”
5—Lewis the Theologian: “Miracles,” “Rejoinder to Dr. Pittenger,” maybe selections from Miracles?
6—Lewis the Theologian: “Efficacy of Prayer,” “Letters to Malcolm”
7—Lewis the Theologian: “The World’s Last Night”
8—Lewis the Theologian: “Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism,” “Reflections on the Psalms”
9—Lewis the Preacher: “Weight of Glory,”
10—Lewis the Preacher: “Learning in Wartime”
11—Lewis the Social Critic: “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” (photocopy)
12—Lewis the Social Critic: from Mere Christianity, “Social Morality;” Abolition of Man 1, “Men Without Chests.”
13—Lewis the Social Critic: Abolition of Man 2, “The Way.”
14—Lewis the Social Critic: Abolition of Man 3, “The Abolition of Man,” appendix.


Blogger Felix said...

It sounds like a great course. However, I wonder if the students might expect more attention to Lewis's popular Narnia and Space Trilogy books. On the other hand, there may be good reason to omit them: they might be covered in other courses; the course may be intended to concentrate on Lewis's intellectual & spiritual development rather than his popular writing; or you might want to concentrate on texts that many of the students have not read in order to spark fresh thinking.

Whatever you do, I think you'll definitely have students who are interested in the subject matter, for once!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

The English prof with whom I'm co-teaching the course will cover Lewis' fiction in the latter half of the semester. So basically I'm the bad cop!

9:07 AM  

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