C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time

Just look at some of the fantastic commendations flooding in for Mark A. Pike’s forthcoming book, Mere Education: C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time


‘I would have no hesitation in placing this fine book in the hands of Christian teachers and parents and asking them to read and think carefully about its contents. Equally, its arguments – which are derived from an extensive study of C.S Lewis’s writings – need to be heard by those who make and enforce educational policy in the liberal West.’

-William K. Kay, Professor of Pentecostal Studies, The University of Chester


‘In Mere Education, Mark Pike has done us a great service in identifying in the writings of C.S. Lewis central themes of his philosophy of education and in relating them to important issues in western education in these early decades of the twenty-first century. This book should be of considerable interest both to fans of Lewis and enthusiasts for Christian perspectives on education.’

– Dr John Shortt, Professor of Christian Education, Liverpool Hope University


‘C.S. Lewis, celebrated Christian apologist and children’s author, is here claimed as Christian educator. For some this positioning of C.S. Lewis will be truly prophetic and for others unforgivably anachronistic. Read the text and take up your position.’

– Revd Canon Professor Leslie J Francis, University of Warwick


‘Owen Barfield praised C.S. Lewis’s “distinctive contribution as a moralist and as a controversial writer in general” in these terms: his “ruthlessly cause-and-effect” and “relentlessly either/or” thinking is “badly needed … in a mushy intellectual milieu where … nothing is definite, and anybody can always have everything both ways.” In his thorough and engaging study, Mark A. Pike shows how Lewis’s contribution to character education is vital for our time. Inspirational, inclusive, challenging, and potentially transformative, this book offers a healthy discussion towards holistic liberal education.’

– Monika B. Hilder, Associate Professor of English, Trinity Western University, author of The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy, and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender


‘Mark A. Pike’s Mere Education helpfully reminds us that Lewis possessed a sophisticated philosophy of education that today provides a robust challenge to trendy approaches that lack both substance and staying-power. As Pike reveals, Lewis knew how to articulate and defend the important moral, political and intellectual virtues we share as human beings, but he also wisely identified the distinct contributions of Christianity can and must make to a philosophy of education that completes a robust vision of human flourishing.  Both fans of Lewis and those unfamiliar with the educational import of his ideas will benefit from Pike’s readable and thought-provoking dissection and examination of Lewis’ educational thought. Indeed, in light of current educational trends, Lewis proves an invaluable critic, guide, and prophet.’

– Perry L. Glanzer, Professor of Educational Foundations, Resident Scholar, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University


‘This remarkable book not only provides the first systematic study of C.S. Lewis’s thinking about education, derived from his extensive output of novels, letters and other prose writings, but does so in a way that highlights its relevance to contemporary schooling. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in Christian culture and educational standards, as well as to C.S. Lewis aficionados around the world.’

– J. Mark Halstead, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Huddersfield


Mere Education is a well-argued and highly readable book that recognizes the centrality of character in schooling. It will command attention on both sides of the Atlantic and like all of Pike’s work, will be of interest to educators from a wide range of backgrounds. It offers a refreshing vision of education, a bracing statement of faith, a much-needed challenge to the political correctness of our age, and a compelling testimony to the timelessness of the truths that Lewis set forth with such clarity and cogency.’

– Thomas Lickona, Professor of Education, State University of New York at Cortland; author of Character Matters and Educating for Character


‘As Stanley Hauerwas pointed out, CS Lewis brought to the masses an inspirational and scholarly thread of the Gospel by exploding the hollow pretentions of the secular.  In this volume, Mark Pike shares with us his thorough analysis of Lewis’s vision and imaginative contribution to education which remain as pertinent as ever.’

– Hilario Garcia Ostos, Former School Head Teacher and Researcher in Educational Leadership


Mere Education is a unique read. Mark Pike has produced a fascinating commentary on modern education from the pages of C S Lewis’s fiction and non-fiction works.’

– Trevor Cooling, Professor of Christian Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, author of Doing God in Education

Watch this space fore more information on this forthcoming title, due for publication 26/09/2013

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