2013 is the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, author of the beloved Narnia tales. On 22 November this year he will be honoured with a stone in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. There will be a two-day conference and thanksgiving service as part of the memorial.
In the next two months Lutterworth and James Clarke will be publishing two books on C.S. Lewis, his religion, and his literature.
The Apologetics of Joy: A Case for the Existence of God from C.S. Lewis’s Argument from Desire by Joe Puckett Jr. will be published at the end of this month. C. S. Lewis’s Argument from Desire is an incredibly intimate and fulfilling argument for the existence of God that finds evidence for God within a person, in his/her heart. The Apologetics of Joy attempts to explain what the Argument from Desire is and why the argument is so strong. Joe Puckett Jr. hopes to challenge the conventional literature of scepticism about God, and create in readers a newfound faith or reinforced conviction. This book explores the reasons behind why C.S. Lewis returned to his Christian faith with such strong belief.
The Ideal of Kingship in the Writings of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Divine Kingship is Reflected in Middle-Earth by Christopher Scarf, is an exploration of the ideal of kingship in the writings of the three Oxford ‘Inklings’. Scarf escorts readers through an evaluation of how Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien viewed Christianity, kingship, and the ideals of justice, honour, and love within their literature. This close reading will help readers gain a better understanding of how these three authors saw the world, and thus achieve new insight into their literature.
A title already available from James Clarke is C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme by Jerry Root, published in 2010. This book is an examination of Lewis’s ethical thought, in particular his critique of subjectivism, as explored through his fictional writings. Root walks the reader through all of Lewis’s published work, and in doing so offers the reader a timely analysis of the problem of evil.
Let’s celebrate the legacy of a wonderful author with these great titles.