University hosts C.S. Lewis-themed week

By Jannea Thomason

Paul Michelson, Ph.D., began reading C.S. Lewis as his creative “goof-off,” as he called it, while writing his dissertation. His “semi-productive procrastination,” he said, turned into a serious hobby. He has published several articles on the writings of C.S. Lewis and teaches the Understanding the Christian Faith alternative C.S. Lewis class in the spring every year.

Michelson will sit on the Forester Lecture Panel tonight at 7 p.m. along with Devin Brown, Ph.D., from Asbury University, Paulette Sauders, Ph.D., from Grace College and Lewis Pearson, Ph.D., from St. Francis. Michelson will give the first presentation as an introduction to the panel’s presentation which looks into why Lewis is still popular fifty years after his death.

Michelson feels Lewis has a unique quality that still applies today.

“Reading Lewis extensively is a sort of … liberal arts education because he writes literature, he writes history, he writes theology,” Michelson said. “He wrote a lot of articles on a wide variety of things that are fun to read. He always had in mind a sort of big picture. He and [J.R.R.] Tolkien integrated faith and learning before it was talked about.”

The university showed three movies Nov. 18-20, including part of the Narnia series and “Shadow Lands,” a fictional biography of Lewis. The Divine Hour’s panel will follow Nov. 22.

The panel members will give short snippets of how Lewis has affected them personally, how his work brought them to Christ or impacted their scholarship

“I read Lewis before I was a Christian,” said David Alexander, Ph.D., who will be part of the Divine Hours panel.

He will share how Lewis’ book “The Scewtape Letters” helped convict him of his need for Christ.

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