Carol Zaleski, “C. S. Lewis’s Divine Comedy: The Landscape of the Afterlife and the Substance of Christian Hope”

Fri, February 17, 2023 3:00pm

Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

In the extraordinary course of his life as a literary historian, fantasy fiction writer, philosopher, poet, social satirist, memoirist, and apologist, C. S. Lewis introduced multitudes to the mysteries and rational architecture of Christian faith. This lecture will explore the particular service Lewis performed for Christian eschatology. Though averse to idle curiosity about the afterlife, Lewis created a Divine Comedy of his own, illuminating our fading picture of heaven, hell, purgatory, and end times, and providing sound reasons for the renewal of Christian hope.

Past Events

Michael Ward, “The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God: C. S. Lewis, Narnia, and Medieval Cosmology”

Wed, January 25, 2023 3:30pm

Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

C.S. Lewis disclosed that his best-known works, the seven Chronicles of Narnia, were “about Christ”. But how so? Michael Ward shows that, far from being simple allegories, the Chronicles are carefully constructed out of the imagery of the seven planets of the medieval cosmos, which Lewis described as “spiritual symbols of permanent value.”