C. S. Lewis: Encountering God through Fiction

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C. S. Lewis: Encountering God through Fiction

  • Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies, Notre Dame University
15 Lectures (5 DVDs or 6 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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This course is a remarkable exploration of the most popular, and arguably most influential, Christian writer of the twentieth century.

An atheist for the beginning of his adulthood, C. S. Lewis later converted to Christianity and went on to become one of the most powerful Christian writers of his time, writing such quintessential apologetic works as Mere Christianity. Today, he is cherished by Christians and non-Christians throughout the world.

In this 15-lecture audio or video course, you will explore Lewis’s fiction, discovering many of his most beloved works anew by examining them through a theological lens. By looking at such themes as the central doctrines of creation, the fall, the vices and the virtues, asceticism, and deification, you will come to a deeper understanding of Lewis’s fiction.

First, you will begin with an explanation of these doctrines, discovering how they are illustrated in such works as The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Pilgrim’s Regress, and The Space Trilogy. Then, you will look at Lewis’s most popular novels, The Chronicles of Narnia. You will explore each book individually, concentrating on the theological teachings within each of them.

Transfiguration is the central point of the Christian life, but how can this developing transfiguration be expressed? Lewis powerfully illustrated this Christian idea in his fiction, with his genius for poetic images and dramatic narrative, which have resonated with readers of all ages across the decades.

Discover the enduring power of Lewis’s fiction today.

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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
    Part I: Fiction Illustrating Doctrine
  • Meeting C. S. Lewis: Surprised by Joy
  • Made in the Image of God: Creation in The Pilgrim’s Regress
  • The Fall: Satan in The Screwtape Letters and Out of the Silent Planet
  • The Fall: Our Passions in Perelandra and The Screwtape Letters
  • Asceticism: Ordering Love and The Great Divorce
  • Deification: the Apocalypse in The Great Divorce

  • Part II: The Chronicles of Narnia – Doctrines Found Within Fiction
  • Welcome to Narnia: C. S. Lewis on Storytelling
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: On Atonement
  • Prince Caspian: “A Land for a Man to Be King Of”
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Monk and the Christian
  • The Silver Chair: The Theory of Transposition
  • The Horse and His Boy: The Mysterium Tremendum
  • The Magician’s Nephew: Cosmology’s Beginning
  • The Last Battle: “Further Up and Further In”
  • What Was Lewis Trying to Do?: Mere Christianity
About Your Presenter

David W. Fagerberg is Professor of Liturgical Studies in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and senior advisor to the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy after serving six years as director. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an S.T.M. from Yale Divinity School.


His work explores how the Church’s lex credendi (law of belief) is founded upon the Church’s lex orandi (law of prayer). This brings him into the fields of liturgy, sacraments, Eastern Orthodoxy, linguistic philosophy, and liturgical theology. He has published articles in academic journals, theological handbooks, and popular magazines. He is the author of What Is Liturgical Theology? (1992), The Size of Chesterton’s Catholicism (1998), and Theologia Prima (2003). Forthcoming are On Liturgical Asceticism, The Center Holds (a collection of his essays on liturgical theology), and Chesterton Is Everywhere (a collection of his essays from Gilbert Magazine).


He has been teaching an extraordinarily popular course on C. S. Lewis to undergraduate students at Notre Dame for the last six years.

Customer Reviews (0)
2017 Christmas Survey
Has inspired me to read more of Lewis Review by Kris Ivancic, Tupelo, MS USA (Posted on 12/15/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
I highly value the depth of the content, the pedagogical approach, the gentle delivery of the speaker and the truth, beauty and love that the whole program distills Review by Fernando Beltr (Posted on 1/24/2017)
this course brought back truths I reveled in and also different perspectives
I have read a lot of Lewis, this course brought back truths I reveled in and also different perspectives, plus thoughts that were new. Review by William (Posted on 4/28/2016)
These lectures have greatly improved my understanding of the Christian message in many of Lewis’ works.
These lectures have greatly improved my understanding of the Christian message in many of Lewis’ works. As a result, I’m enjoying reading Lewis more than ever. Prof. Fagerburg is very easy to listen to. He demonstrates a broad knowledge of Lewis' works as well as of Catholic theology. I highly recommend these lectures to all C.S. Lewis lovers and to anyone who wants to know more about his works. Review by Joe Z. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
I find the purpose, the content, and the pedagogy of the lectures truly commendable
I did appreciate the depth of the content, the relevance of the message, the approach to the topic, and the warmth and truth which the speaker radiates. In short, I find the purpose, the content, and the pedagogy of the lectures truly commendable. The why, the what, and the how of the whole set of modules are fully consistent and they nourish both the head and the heart. Review by Fernando (Posted on 4/28/2016)
2015 Spring Survey
Very informative. Speaker was very knowledgable ans engaging Review by Mike, Wauwatosa, WI, USA (Posted on 5/20/2015)
This course was very complete, interesting, and engaging. Extremely thorough. Presenter's knowledge and sense of engagement was excellent. Review by Michael Griffin, Wauwatosa, WI, USA (Posted on 4/13/2015)
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