In this engaging and practical book Mark Pike and Thomas Lickona show how C.S. Lewis’ wisdom for nurturing good character, and his much-loved Chronicles of Narnia, inspire us to virtue. Drawing upon the Judeo-Christian virtues of faith, hope and love and ‘Narnian’ virtues such as courage, integrity and wisdom, they present an approach to contemporary character education validated by recent research. An introduction to C.S. Lewis’ thought on character and faith is followed by practical examples of how to use well-known passages from the Narnia novels as a stimulus for rich character development at home and in the classroom.
Foreword on Character Education by Drayton Nabers, Jr
Foreword on The Chronicles of Narnia by Devin Brown
Part 1: Building Good Character: The Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
1. C.S. Lewis on Parents, Teachers, Friends and Books
2. Families of Character, Schools of Character: Examples of Excellence
3. C.S. Lewis as Character Educator for the World
4. How C.S. Lewis Teaches Christianity in Narnia
Part 2: Narnian Virtues in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Six Narnian Virtues
5. Narnian Virtues in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
6. Family Character Learning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
7. Classroom Character Education with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Part 3: Narnian Virtues in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
From Six to Twelve Narnian Virtues
8. Narnian Virtues in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
9. Family Character Learning with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
10. Classroom Character Education with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Appendix A: Virtues Vocabulary
Appendix B: The Wisdom of C.S. Lewis
Appendix C: Parents’ and Children’s Responses to Narnian Virtues
Appendix D: Research Project Publications
Appendix E: Executive Summary of Research Findings
Index of Subjects
Endorsements and Reviews
In the darkness of our disintegrating post-Christian culture, Narnian Virtues is a shining light. Pike and Lickona have produced a brilliant and readable book that deserves to become an educational classic.
Philip Vander Elst, author of C. S. Lewis: A Short Introduction
Pike and Lickona give us a curriculum that uses Lewis’s stories as transformative moral education. Prepare yourself for an enjoyable read – scholarship is rarely so adventurous!
Dr Perry L. Glanzer, author of The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching
The authors of this volume use the Narnia Chronicles to serve a vital purpose: character formation. Lessons about virtue, its value, its vocabulary, are derived from Lewis’ classic tales in ways which go with their grain, helpfully exemplifying his ethical philosophy. I very warmly recommend it.
Michael Ward, author of After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man
Narnian Virtues offers parents and teachers plenty of information and inspiration to explore character education, as well as a wealth of helpful activities and examples, and practical guidance.
Christin Ditchfield, author of A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia
A must read for all involved in educating young people – with case studies of schools and families of character demonstrating how children are guided to develop an informed moral compass for the modern age.
Dame Maura Regan, CEO of the Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust
Pike and Lickona draw on the timeless wisdom of C. S. Lewis about what character is and offer wise and perceptive observations, suggesting how the rising generation might acquire some measure of wisdom. This is a most valuable book on an important subject.
Professor James Arthur OBE, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham
This book sets out a first-class character education programme: imaginative, inspiring, highly engaging – (who could ever forget their Turkish delight?!) – and genuinely helping young children to make wiser choices. Exactly what a real education should be!
Daniel Wright, Headmaster of The London Oratory School
All in all, this is an oasis of good moral and spiritual education in what can sometimes seem a desert. I hope many will be able to drink from its wellspring and have their thirst quenched.
Michael Nazir-Ali, (Anglican) Bishop Emeritus of Rochester, President of Oxtrad, Hon Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford
This book resonates well with the Catholic approach to character education. It offers parents and teachers numerous activities for developing character through formation in the virtues as elucidated in the Narnia novels of C. S. Lewis.
Rt Revd Marcus Stock, (Roman Catholic) Bishop of Leeds
In this book, Mark Pike and Tom Lickona, both experts in the field, share ways to glean deeper truths and meaning from C.S. Lewis’s enchanted world and, in so doing, they have made character education more accessible for all of us. Narnian Virtues deserves a celebration on both sides of the Atlantic.
Anna E. McEwan, Dean, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, Samford University