An Introduction to C.S. Lewis : Writings & Significance

Introduction to C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis, the author of Mere Christianity, was the greatest Christian apologist of the twentieth century. He also wrote works of fiction, including the Chronicles of Narnia, and of philosophy, such as The Abolition of Man.

An Introduction to C.S. Lewis : Writings and Significance is a free, nine-week not-for-credit online course that examines Lewis’s apologetics and his fiction, as well as his philosophical and literary writings, and their continuing significance today.

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The course is taught by Larry P. Arnn, the twelfth president of Hillsdale College; Michael Ward, a leading expert on the works of C.S. Lewis; and David Whalen, Hillsdale College professor of English.

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The course consists of nine 30- to 40-minute sessions, and all are available on demand. You can watch the lectures on any device, so this course is perfect for those on the go. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, it would be a great English literature elective to put on your high school transcript. In addition to viewing the lectures, be sure to read and study his books, and keep track of your reading times to get full credit. (A half credit is typically earned by 75 hours of study, which translates to about three hours per week for 25 weeks, or 25 hours a month for three months.)

Course Schedule

Week 1 – Introduction to C.S. Lewis / Men without Chests
Week 2 – Lewis’s Apologetics: Imagination and Reason, Part One
Week 3 – Lewis’s Apologetics: Imagination and Reason, Part Two
Week 4 – Lewis’s Fiction: Narnia and the Storied Moral World
Week 5 – Lewis’s Fiction: The Space Trilogy – A Cosmos of Old Wars and New Battles
Week 6 – Lewis’s Literary Criticism: The Value of Indirect Communication
Week 7 – Lewis’s Literary Criticism: Medieval Cosmology
Week 8 – The Way
Week 9 – The Abolition of Man

Why does Hillsdale offer this C.S. Lewis course for free?

Hillsdale offers this course because they hope more people will experience the truth and beauty of C.S. Lewis’ writings. His works of apologetics and fiction represent one of the finest sustained defenses of Christian principles in modern times.

This course is funded entirely by the generosity of donors, who help keep it free to anyone who enrolls.

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About Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College, founded in 1844, has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept any federal or state taxpayer subsidies (even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans), which allows the College to remain truly independent. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 2.9 million.

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