C.S. Lewis and the Arts: Creativity in the Shadowlands

 

“When you painted on earth . . . it was because you caught glimpses of Heaven in the earthly landscape.  The success of your painting was that it enabled others to see the glimpses too. But here you are having the thing itself.”

—C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

 

C.S. Lewis holds a notable place in the church and in the world for both his creative literary contributions as well as his informed reflections upon artistic activity. He negotiated the aesthetic and intellectual issues of his day in his creative endeavors and sought to ground those in relation to his faith. The arguments, perceptions and values Lewis posited benefit those today who seek to use their creative gifts beyond mere fad but towards the holy.

 

“Helpful and worthwhile. Anyone seeking to understand Lewis’s approach to the arts will profit from this array of interesting perspectives.”

—Dr. Michael Ward, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis

 

“We need more books like this: books that not only celebrate and decipher Lewis’s defense of the arts and of the ineradicable links between the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, but that wrestle alongside Lewis, extending and nuancing his arguments so that they will speak with direct and prophetic power to our modern and postmodern colleges and universities.”

—Dr. Louis Markos , author of Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis

 

Contributors include: David C. Downing, Bruce Herman, Scott B. Key, Don W. King, Rod Miller (Editor), Jerry Root, David Rozema, Peter J. Schakel, Charlie W. Starr, Will Vaus, Theodore Prescott (Foreword)

 

 

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