Congregation

Good versus Evil: “Mere Christianity” and “The Screwtape Letters”

Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 1:00pm

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.  – C.S. Lewis

The timeless and age old question of Good versus Evil will be explored in our discussion of two major works by one of the world’s premier and prolific writers, British author C.S. Lewis. Our two-part “Brown Bag Lunch” discussion, led by Paula Mays, will examine Mere Christianity, a profound theological work and The Screwtape Letters, a work of fantasy fiction.

Clive Staples Lewis was born in November 1898 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He died November 22, 1963 in Oxford, England. Lewis, known as “Jack,” a name he gave himself as a child, was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster and lecturer.

Many of Lewis’s novels used the fantasy genre as a means of examining his deep Christianity and faith. Lewis, who was in a writing group with Lord of the Rings novelist, J.R. Tolkien, was encouraged in his writings of make believe.  This led to such famous children’s books as The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; and the Narnia Chronicles. In his novel, The Screwtape Letters, he envisions a protégé of the devil converting a Christian to the side of evil.  Uncle Screwtape, as he is known, tutors his nephew in destroying a human soul by emphasizing the man’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

In Mere Christianity, a book which resulted from a series of radio talks, following his own conversion, Lewis takes a more philosophical approach to examining the Christian faith and its importance in our lives.  C.S. Lewis, known as following classical liberalism in his theology, saw Christianity’s role in advancing justice. Mere Christianity is a guide to the redemption of the soul which Uncle Screwtape tries to capture for eternity.

Sundays, February 19 and 26, 1–2:30 pm.

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  • Admission
    • Free
  • Dates Offered
    • January 1, 1970 |