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Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Carrie » 04 Mar 2010, 02:30

So, just yesterday I was complaining to Dan that my husband didn't want to take the CS Lewis class at his seminary because it didn't meet on the right days. Well, today I get an email that the professer is offering it as a seminary wives; class. So, I signed up immediately! It took 4 years of seminary for them to finally offer a decent wives' class (classes they offer for free on Tuesday nights for the wives of seminarians). THe class is called "Selected Works from C.S. Lewis." I'll let you all know if I learn any new great insights!
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Dan65802 » 04 Mar 2010, 18:40

That's awesome!

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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby archenland_knight » 04 Mar 2010, 18:54

Carrie wrote:It took 4 years of seminary for them to finally offer a decent wives' class (classes they offer for free on Tuesday nights for the wives of seminarians).


That hardly seems fair. What if the seminarian is a woman, and it's her husband that wants to take the class? :wink:
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Carrie » 05 Mar 2010, 05:12

archenland_knight wrote:
Carrie wrote:It took 4 years of seminary for them to finally offer a decent wives' class (classes they offer for free on Tuesday nights for the wives of seminarians).


That hardly seems fair. What if the seminarian is a woman, and it's her husband that wants to take the class? :wink:


Well, as we don't have female seminarians...
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby JDMalament » 06 May 2010, 03:45

I took a class on C.S. Lewis about five years ago. It's up there among my favorite classes that I've taken. Which books did/are you reading?

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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Carrie » 07 May 2010, 02:06

We read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Great Divorce, and Poems. The Great Divorce had been on my need-to-read list for awhile, so i was glad it was a book for the class. It meant that I had to read it. I really enjoyed it, as well. The class was only 6 weeks long, and I had to miss the first and last week due to staff meetings at work. But, overall, the class was enjoyable.
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Nerd42 » 07 May 2010, 05:23

Carrie wrote:We read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Great Divorce, and Poems. The Great Divorce had been on my need-to-read list for awhile, so i was glad it was a book for the class. It meant that I had to read it. I really enjoyed it, as well. The class was only 6 weeks long, and I had to miss the first and last week due to staff meetings at work. But, overall, the class was enjoyable.
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby JDMalament » 07 May 2010, 23:46

Carrie wrote:We read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Great Divorce, and Poems. The Great Divorce had been on my need-to-read list for awhile, so i was glad it was a book for the class. It meant that I had to read it. I really enjoyed it, as well. The class was only 6 weeks long, and I had to miss the first and last week due to staff meetings at work. But, overall, the class was enjoyable.

Sounds like a good class! It's unfortunate that it didn't really venture outside the realm of fiction, though. But I really enjoyed the passage in Voyage of the Dawn Treader when Aslan helps transform Eustace back from a Dragon into his Human form. And Puddleglum (from The Silver Chair) might be my favorite character in all of Narnia! :pleased: I haven't read Poems yet. How was it?

The class that I took covered The Abolition of Man, Mere Christianity, An Experiment in Criticism, and Till We Have Faces. Overall, we were able to analyse Lewis's writings in a variety of contexts. Additionally, for other classes, I've since written papers discussing The Magician's Nephew and The Screwtape Letters. I don't think that there is any author out there that has influenced my thoughts more than Lewis.
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Carrie » 08 May 2010, 17:41

The class was meant to focus on the fiction and be more of a literature class than a theology class, although we did look at the theology of the books. Poems was very interesting, as it's a collection of poetry from all times of Lewis's life, including his agnostic period.
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Lucys_Wardrobe » 12 Jul 2010, 11:52

Wow, that would be awesome to take a class on C.S. Lewis! I would love to study him and his works more from an academic perspective. You're very lucky to be able to take a course like that, and it is very awesome!
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Re: Taking a CS Lewis class

Postby Larry W. » 06 Aug 2010, 23:46

Back in the 1970's I took a C. S. Lewis course when I was a student at Hope College. The class was taught by Dr. Peter Schakel, who also wrote a book titled Reading with the Heart: The Way into Narnia. Here is the complete text of the book online if you wish to read it:

Redaing with the Heart

I think it's probably the best book ever written on Narnia other than the stories themselves. Reading it is almost as good as taking a refresher class.

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