C.S. Lewis Symposium
C.S. Lewis—The Man
and His Message
December 4 and 5, 1998
Cosponsored by Religious
Education and Continuing Education, Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University
C. S. Lewis is arguably one of the
greatest defenders of the Christian faith of the twentieth century. A
man of deep and profound intellect, Lewis had the remarkable capacity
to speak to persons of varied backgrounds—theologians, pastors,
academicians from various disciplines, and the man or woman on the
street. He had the ability to reduce complex theological issues to
language and images with which the lay person could identify and
appreciate. His was a common touch with uncommon ideas. His published
works, over sixty volumes, continue to be enjoyed by millions.
C. S. Lewis was educated at Oxford and
later became a fellow of that institution for almost thirty years. In
1954 he became the first Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English
at Cambridge University. Books were his love, and learning was his
passion. But he was neither reclusive nor stuffy in his approach to
life. Criticized for many years by his colleagues for turning his
gifts and training to the defense of Christianity, he nevertheless
felt that Christianity was worthy of an intelligent defense, a labor
that deserved his best effort.
In one sense, C. S. Lewis was far more
practical than sacramental, far more prone to speak of personal
engagement with divinity than to focus on ecclesiastical or liturgical
matters. His popularity in LDS culture, as with a broader Christian
readership, is no doubt related to the fact that he does not come
across as denominational or wedded to any particular religious
persuasion. In his adherence to "mere Christianity," he is
every man's preacher, every woman's exegete, the thinking Christian's
supreme apologist. Lewis had a broad and comprehensive view of
Christianity, and his writing, though direct and penetrating, seldom
excluded any professed believer in Christ.
Religious Education and Continuing
Education at Brigham Young University are pleased to sponsor a
conference in honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of
C. S. Lewis. He was born on 29 November 1898 and died on 22 November
1963. It is hoped that this conference will broaden the understanding
of all Christians—those who know his writings well and those who
have only a passing acquaintance with his life and work.
BYU Continuing Education programs do
not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, or ethnic or
national origin. All participants must maintain the ideals and
standards, including the dress and grooming standards, of the
university while on campus. The Division of Continuing Education at
Brigham Young University is committed to providing a learning
atmosphere that reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who
are otherwise qualified. Prior to attending the conference, all
participants with disabilities are invited to discuss both the program
requirements and available facilities with the program administrator.
Call (801) 378-4853.
Call (801) 378-2735 for more
Friday, December 4
7:30–8:00 p.m. Robert L. Millet—Introduction
of the Conference Theme
8:15 p.m. Christopher W. Mitchell,
Director of the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Keynote
Address—"Farewell to the Shadowlands: The Spiritual Pilgrimage
of C. S. Lewis"
Saturday, December 5
8:30–9:20 a.m. Elder Neal A. Maxwell,
Quorum of the Twelve—"C. S. Lewis: Insights on
9:30–10:00 a.m. Mary Jane Woodger—"The
Words of C. S. Lewis as Used by the Leaders of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints"
10:10–10:40 a.m. Paul E. Kerry—"C.
S. Lewis and the Romantic Decade"
10:50–11:20 a.m. John S. Tanner—"The
Psychology of Temptation in Perelandra and Paradise Lost"
11:30 a.m.–noon S. Michael Wilcox—"Stealing
Past the Watchful Dragons"
Noon–1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:30–2:00 p.m. Brent D. Slife —"C.
S. Lewis: Drawn by the Truth Made Flesh"
2:10–2:40 p.m. Andrew C. Skinner —"Going
to Hell: Lewis on Temptation, Sin, and the Devil"
2:50–3:20 p.m. Daniel K Judd—"C.
S. Lewis: Self-Love and Salvation"
3:30–4:00 p.m. Terrance D. Olson—"C.
S. Lewis on Family and Self-Deception"
4:10–4:40 p.m. Brent L. Top—"C.
S. Lewis on the Problem of Pain and Goodness of God"
4:50–5:20 p.m. Robert L. Millet—"Lewis
on the Transformation of Human Nature"
5:20–5:30 p.m. Andrew C. Skinner—"A