Templeton Honors College is offering a summer course for high school students on the writings of C. S. Lewis. Here is the information about the course....
Course II: “Divorcing the Devil: C.S. Lewis’s Moral Vision” (HON300)
Two of the most memorable of Lewis’s short imaginative writings are The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. Each book frames a moral vision of the Good, but the former invites us to look from the perspective of God or of Heaven, while the latter intentionally adopts the perspective of sinful humanity or of Hell. The result in both books is an extended consideration of perennial moral questions: What is reality like, if moral action is crucial to it? What is it to be a free moral agent, in a world governed by a moral Lawgiver? How are Heaven and Hell related to each other? Does God create Hell? How does moral knowledge work? What is the relationship between the Good and rational argument? How do we save our lives by losing them, or lose them by saving them? How does the work of God in the incarnation transform our vision of the Good?
This is a course in moral theology, in which students will be guided not just by Lewis’s own winsome imagination, but also by some of the writings that inspired him: Milton’s portrait of Satan in Paradise Lost; excerpts from Dante’s Inferno and Paradiso; stories of ancient heroes traveling to the underworld (Odysseus and Aeneas). The aim is a coherent Christian vision of ourselves, our world, and our responsibilities in light of the comprehensive supremacy of God in Christ.
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