Reading C.S. Lewis: A Commentary

Hardcover | October 21, 2015

byWesley A. Kort

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From the unbending belief in invisible powers that animates Till We Have Faces to the depiction of Aslan's sacrifice and resurrection in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis's writing has sparked intense debate about the presence and function of religion in his works. Today, areader's opinion of Lewis is more often than not based on his or her perspectives on religion. In Reading C. S. Lewis, Wesley A. Kort examines Lewis's work as a whole, investigating why and at what points Lewis turns to religion - and particularly to Christianity - in order to advance his arguments.Kort moves through more than a dozen of Lewis's major books, providing a useful guide to their various elements while connecting readers to the literary contexts that influenced the works and Lewis himself. Reading C. S. Lewis examines the standing of Lewis's work, how best to approach the books,and the misunderstandings that lead to mistaken readings. The commentaries also function as free-standing essays that can be read individually and in any order. Reading C. S. Lewis: A Commentary sets a new standard for C. S. Lewis studies. A comprehensive examination of the major Lewis texts, this volume is a captivating look into the author's work from a refreshingly undogmatic point of view.

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From the unbending belief in invisible powers that animates Till We Have Faces to the depiction of Aslan's sacrifice and resurrection in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis's writing has sparked intense debate about the presence and function of religion in his works. Today, areader's opinion of Lewis is more often than n...

Wesley A. Kort is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University and author of C. S. Lewis Then and Now (OUP 2004).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart One1. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life2. The Problem of Pain3. The Screwtape Letters4. Mere Christianity5. Some Reasonable AssumptionsPart Two6. Out of the Silent Planet7. Perelandra8. The Abolition of Man9. That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups10. Some Cultural CritiquesPart Three11. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian12. The Four Loves13. The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle14. Some Principles AppliedConclusion