C. S. Lewis - A Life Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

ISBN-10: 1414339356
ISBN-13: 9781414339351
Edition: 2013
Authors: Alister McGrath
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.10" wide x 8.90" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.You won’t want to miss this fascinating portrait of a creative genius who inspired generations.

Alister McGrath is currently professor of theology at Oxford and principal of Wycliffe Hall. He is a consulting editor, general editor and author of several books. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Preface
Prelude
The Soft Hills of Down: An Irish Childhood, 1898-1908
The Lewis Family
The Ambivalent Irishman: The Enigma of Irish Cultural Identity
Surrounded by Books: Hints of a Literary Vocation
Solitude: Warnie Goes to England
First Encounters with Joy
The Death of Flora Lewis
The Ugly Country of England: Schooldays, 1908-1917
Wynyard School, Watford: 1908-1910
Cherbourg School, Malvern: 1911-1913
Malvern College: 1913-1914
Bookham and the "Great Knock": 1914-1917
The Threat of Conscription
Lewis's Application to Oxford University
The Vasty Fields of France: War, 1917-1918
The Curious Case of the Unimportant War
Arrival at Oxford: April 1917
The Officer Cadet at Keble College
Lewis's Wartime Experiences at Oxford
Deployment to France: November 1917
Wounded in Battle: The Assault on Riez du Vinage, April 1918
Lewis and Mrs. Moore: An Emerging Relationship
Oxford
Deceptions and Discoveries: The Making of an Oxford Don, 1919-1927
The Student of Classics: University College, 1919
Albert Lewis's Concerns about His Son
Academic Distinction: The Chancellor's Essay Prize, 1921
Success and Failure: Academic Distinction and Unemployment
Mrs. Moore: The Cornerstone of Lewis's Life
The Student of English Language and Literature, 1922-1923
The Fellowship at Magdalen College
Fellowship, Family, and Friendship: The Early Years at Magdalen College, 1927-1930
Fellowship: Magdalen College
Family Rupture: The Death of Albert Lewis
The Lingering Influence of Albert Lewis
Family Reconnection: Warnie Moves to Oxford
Friendship: J. R. R. Tolkien
The Most Reluctant Convert: The Making of a Mere Christian, 1930-1932
The English Literary Religious Renaissance of the 1920s
The Realising Imagination: Lewis's Rediscovery of God
The Date of Lewis's Conversion: A Reconsideration
A Nighttime Conversation with Tolkien: September 1931
Lewis's Belief in the Divinity of Christ
A Man of Letters: Literary Scholarship and Criticism, 1933-1939
Lewis the Teacher: Oxford Tutorials
Lewis the Teacher: Oxford Lectures
The Pilgrim's Regress (1933): Mapping the Landscape of Faith
The Inklings: Friendship, Community, and Debate
The Allegory of Love (1936)
Lewis on the Place and Purpose of Literature
National Acclaim: The Wartime Apologist, 1939-1942
Lewis's Friendship with Charles Williams
Lewis the Literary Midwife: Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
The Problem of Pain (1940)
Lewis's Wartime Broadcast Talks
International Fame: The Mere Christian, 1942-1945
The Screwtape Letters (1942)
Mere Christianity (1952)
Other Wartime Projects
The Shift to Fiction: The Ransom Trilogy
A Prophet without Honour?: Postwar Tensions and Problems, 1945-1954
C. S. Lewis-Superstar
The Darker Side of Fame
Dementia and Alcoholism: Lewis's "Mother" and Brother
Hostility towards Lewis at Oxford
Elizabeth Anscombe and the Socratic Club
Lewis's Doubts about His Role as an Apologist
Narnia
Rearranging Reality: The Creation of Narnia
The Origins of Narnia
The Threshold: A Key Narnian Theme
The Reading Order of the Narnia Series
Animals in Narnia
Narnia as a Window on Reality
Narnia and the Retelling of the Grand Narrative
Narnia: Exploring an Imaginative World
Asian: The Heart's Desire
The Deeper Magic: Atonement in Narnia
The Seven Planets: Medieval Symbolism in Narnia
The Shadowlands: Reworking Plato's Cave
The Problem of the Past in Narnia
Cambridge
The Move to Cambridge: Magdalene College, 1954-1960
The New Cambridge Chair
Renaissance: The Inaugural Lecture at Cambridge
A Literary Romance: Enter Joy Davidman
The "Very Strange Marriage" to Joy Davidman
The Death of Joy Davidman
Bereavement, Illness, and Death: The Final Years, 1960-1963
A Grief Observed (1961): The Testing of Faith
Lewis's Failing Health, 1961-1962
Final Illness and Death
Afterlife
The Lewis Phenomenon
The 1960s: A Fading Star
Rediscovery: The New Interest in Lewis
Lewis and American Evangelicals
Lewis as a Literary Landmark
Conclusion
Timeline
Acknowledgements
Works Consulted
Notes
Index

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