The Origins of C.S. Lewis: How G.K. Chesterton Shaped the Man Who Shaped Narnia
Saturday July 20 at 7pm
The Saint Anselm Society and Holy Trinity Anglican Church are hosting a lecture on Saturday July 20 at 7pm. The topic is “The Origins of C.S. Lewis: How G.K. Chesterton Shaped the Man Who Shaped Narnia.” The speaker is Dr. Donald Williams, Author of “Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition.” Guests can register for the event at http://www.facebook.com/anselmsociety or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 13990 Gleneagle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO (just off the Northgate exit on I-25). The 50-minute lecture will begin at 7pm and be followed by a Q&A and refreshments.
In The Pilgrim’s Regress, C.S. Lewis explored the idea of a person who has to wander in order to recognize and appreciate his own home. In the Narnia Chronicles and the Space Trilogy, Lewis used fantasy to give his readers gleams of divine truth. It’s well known that Lewis was a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien. What is less well known is that both the motifs above, and many others, were inherited by Tolkien and Lewis from a prior generation, from writers like George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton’s writing influenced Lewis’s conversion, and how he conceived of Christianity, fantasy, and the Christian concept of home. This event will explore the ideas of Chesterton and how they shaped the writers who produced the greatest fantasy literature of our time.