Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis

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More and more in our modern and postmodern culture the twin concepts of beauty and truth have been separated both from each other and from their individual connection to the divine source of Beauty and Truth. Even as our public schools move further and further away from their connection to the universal moral code, the world of art (both high and low) embraces an aesthetic that privileges ugliness over beauty, nihilism over form, and radical self-expression over the pursuit of ...
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More and more in our modern and postmodern culture the twin concepts of beauty and truth have been separated both from each other and from their individual connection to the divine source of Beauty and Truth. Even as our public schools move further and further away from their connection to the universal moral code, the world of art (both high and low) embraces an aesthetic that privileges ugliness over beauty, nihilism over form, and radical self-expression over the pursuit of higher truth.

As both an effective apologist for truth-based education and as a sub-creator of his own beauty-enhancing fiction, C.S. Lewis is the ideal guide for those who would seek to restore truth and beauty to their proper place and role in our modern world.

Sections one and two analyze Lewis' eleven novels, showing how Lewis counters the growing cult of the ugly and helps restore a clearer understanding of the nature of good and evil. Sections three and four turn to Lewis' nonfiction works to assess what advice Lewis can give educators at all levels who would steer their students away from chronological snobbery and values-free education toward a true re-engagement with the past.

The book concludes with a commentary on Screwtape Letters that exposes what Satan's main temptation tactics have been since the 1960s and a detailed bibliographical essay of books by and about Lewis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830857456
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/10/2010
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,334,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches classes on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU's Honors College. He is the author of 9 books:From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet, Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, Literature: A Student's Guide, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis, and Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I Restoring Beauty

Chapter 1 Fractured Fairy Tales and the Cult of the Ugly 7

Chapter 2 The Space Trilogy I: The Beauty of Hierarchy 15

Chapter 3 The Space Trilogy II: The Beauty of the Normal 21

Chapter 4 Narnia I: The Beauty of Complementarity 29

Chapter 5 Narnia II: The Beauty of Clarity 39

Chapter 6 Narnia III: The Beauty of Light and Truth 47

Chapter 7 Till we have Faces: The Beauty of Beauty 53

Part II The Good Guys and The Bad Guys

Chapter 8 The Nature of Good and Evil 61

Chapter 9 Further Up and Further Down 69

Chapter 10 Heroes and Villains 75

Chapter 11 Courage along the Road 81

Chapter 12 The Heirs of Nietzsche 89

Part III Men Without Chests

Chapter 13 Losing the Tao 99

Chapter 14 The Dangers of a Values-Free Education 107

Chapter 15 From Tao-less Students to Tao-less Citizens 117

Chapter 16 The Scientist and the Magician 125

Chapter 17 The Chest-less Tyrant 133

Chapter 18 The Death of Language 139

Part IV Aslan in the Academy

Chapter 19 Restoring the Past 149

Chapter 20 The Renaissance Never Happened 157

Chapter 21 Dinosaurs in the Classroom 161

Chapter 22 Genial Criticism 165

Chapter 23 The Historical Point of View 171

Chapter 24 The Professor as Public Educator 175

Chapter 25 Restoring Virtue 179

Epilogue: Know Thy Enemy

Screwtape's Millennial Toast 187

Lewis on Education and the Arts: A Bibliographical Essay 201

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