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C.S. Lewis at Poets' Corner, by Michael Ward and Peter S. Williams (editors)

C.S. Lewis at Poets' Corner

By Michael Ward and Peter S. Williams (editors)


An anthology of writings and addresses from the Fiftieth Anniversary commemorations of the death of C.S. Lewis, reflecting on his life and contributions to literature and theology.

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ISBN: 9780718894856
Specifications: 229x153mm, 272pp
Publication: February 2017

About this Book

On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis was commemorated in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, taking his place beside the greatest names in English literature. Oxford and Cambridge Universities, where Lewis taught, also held celebrations of his life. This volume gathers together addresses from those events into a single anthology.

Rowan Williams and Alister McGrath assess Lewis's legacy in theology, Malcolm Guite addresses his integration of reason and imagination, William Lane Craig takes a philosophical perspective, while Lewis's successor as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, Helen Cooper, considers him as a critic. Others contribute their more personal and creative responses: Walter Hooper, Lewis's biographer, recalls their first meeting; there are poems, essays, a panel discussion, and even a report by the famous "Mystery Worshipper" from the Ship of Fools website, along with a moving recollection by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor about how he set one of Lewis's poems to music. Containing theology, literary criticism, poetry, memoir, and much else, this volume reflects the breadth of Lewis's interests and the astonishing variety of his own output: a diverse and colourful commemoration of an extraordinary man.


Foreword Vernon White
Preface Peter S. Williams
Introduction Michael Ward

Part One Symposium at St. Margaret's, Westminster
1. Alister McGrath Telling the Truth through Rational Argument
2. Malcolm Guite Telling the Truth through Imaginative Fiction
3. Panel Discussion What Can Twenty-First Century Apologetics Learn from C.S. Lewis?

Part Two Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey
4. Order of Service including the Address by Rowan Williams

Part Three Reflections on the Westminster Commemorations
5. Paul Mealor Reflections on Composing Love's As Warm As Tears
6. Acton Bell Mystery Worshipper: Westminster Abbey
7. Jeanette Sears C.S. Lewis's Memorial Service
8. Holly Ordway Stonecrop: Lewis Takes His Place in Poets' Corner
9. Sarah Clarkson The Best Tale Lewis Ever Told

Part Four Cambridge Conference
10. Rowan Williams Rhetoric, Doctrine, and the Ethics of Language: C.S. Lewis on Paradise Lost
11. Ad Putter C.S. Lewis on Allegory
12. Helen Cooper C.S. Lewis as Medievalist
13. Malcolm Guite The Abolition of Man: From Literary Criticism to Prophetic Resistance
14. Stephen Logan The Soul of C.S. Lewis
15. Stephen Prickett "It Makes No Difference": Lewis's Criticism, Fiction and Theology

Part Five Oxford Addresses
16. William Lane Craig God and the Platonic Host
17. Walter Hooper Remembering C.S. Lewis

Recommended Resources


   Foreword by Vernon White » (PDF, 58 KB)
   Preface by Peter S. Williams » (PDF, 52 KB)
   Introduction by Michael Ward » (PDF, 93 KB)
   Chapter 14: The Soul of C.S. Lewis » (PDF, 142 KB)

About the Editors

Michael Ward is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. He is author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (2008).

Peter S. Williams is Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at NLA University, Norway. His books include C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists (2013) and A Faithful Guide to Philosophy (2013).

Reviews and Comments

"Formidably learned and capable of dazzling eloquence, C.S. Lewis was one of the towering intellects of the twentieth century. Interest in his work and achievements persists unabated. The lucid power and luminous imagination of the mind of Lewis, moreover, is most admirably illustrated in this fine collection of essays by a distinguished and distinctive group of scholars."
Douglas Hedley, Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; author of The Iconic Imagination

"This unique and essential volume provides a fitting tribute to C.S. Lewis on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, including suitably wide-ranging engagements with his remarkable achievements as scholar, theologian, apologist, poet, and imaginative writer."
Robert McSwain, Associate Professor of Theology, Sewanee: The University of the South; co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis

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