In honor of the legacy of C.S. Lewis and the influence his writing still holds 50 years after his death, the community is invited to attend “C.S. Lewis: An Appreciation” on Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Huntingdon College’s Ligon Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Auburn Montgomery Department of English and Philosophy and the Huntingdon College Department of Religion, the event will feature short scholarly presentations, readings and performances.
Born in the UK in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis was one of the most influential writers of his day and arguably one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. He was a fellow and tutor of English literature at Oxford University and, later, chair of medieval and renaissance literature at Cambridge University. He wrote more than 30 books, including Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the classic children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia.
Dr. Matthew Jordan, an AUM assistant professor of philosophy and C.S. Lewis enthusiast, said the Narnia books might be what Lewis is most famous for in popular culture, but he was just as important as a religious thinker. A former atheist, Lewis became a person of faith in his 20s and eventually became famous for his articulation and defense of the core tenets of “mere” Christianity.
The event will feature several 5-10 minute short talks on Lewis’s writings by faculty from three Alabama universities. There will also be readings and performances from his fiction works. Since the event will focus more on Lewis’s intellectual legacy than on the Narnia books, young children are not expected to attend. It is not, however, intended to be a religious event. Jordan said, “Anyone could attend and enjoy it even if they don’t share Lewis’s faith.”