C.S Lewis and the Uses and Abuses of the Imagination

 

C.S. Lewis said that the imaginative man in him was the older and more continually operative than the rational man. While Lewis was known for his sound Christian apologetics and reasoned arguments supporting the Christian faith, it was his power of imaginative depictions that make his writing so profound. What can we learn from Lewis about the imagination (both its uses and abuses) to help us understand our world and ourselves better?

 

Date: This lecture was given on October 9th, 2015 at Christian Church of Clarendon Hills in Clarendon, IL.

Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University, both located in Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from the Open University. He has written The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal and he is the author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism, and co-author and co-editor of The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Furthermore, he is co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of the best selling, The Quotable C. S. Lewis. Jerry has contributed to many edited works about C. S. Lewis and has published numerous articles about Lewis, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation.

He is currently an Associate Professor at Wheaton College and serving as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative as well as being a Faculty/Scholar Practitioner at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. He also teaches graduate courses (MA in Evangelism and Leadership Program) and undergraduate courses (Christian Formation and Ministry Department) at the College. In addition, Jerry has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children, all of whom are married, and they have thirteen grandchildren.

 
       

 
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