The Writings of C.S. Lewis
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.

DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the writings of C.S. Lewis as the "theological philosophy" of an insightful writer, who defended Christianity as a philosophy of life. In doing so, the class will address the question: What use is C.S. Lewis to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course has been designed to meet the interests and needs of the students. As such, the topics to be explored have not been chiseled in stone. Rather, they are here proposed as topical types to be examined during the course of one's study.

Learning to Gain Insight and Revelation into Familiar Principles and Doctrines.

Finding Our Eternal Selves in Christ.

Writing the Intellectual Journal: Intellectual Courage and Emotional Honesty.

The Principle Pattern of Insight.

Pain as God's Megaphone to Arouse a Deaf World.

The Struggle to Give Up Self.

Christian View of Divine Omnipotence and Our Restored Perspective on Agency.

The Slippery Slope of Self and Our Need for a Savior.

Asking Faithful Questions/Discovering Faithful Insights.

Humility and Our Acknowledgement of Weakness.

The Circle of a Faithfull Life in Our Search to Know the Savior.

Experimenting Upon the Word: Alma's True Comparison.

The Law of Undulation, and the Temptation to Dwindle in Unbelief.

Forgiveness: A Doctrine of Hope for Christ, Self and Others.

The Savior's Suffering Love: The Divine Motivation for Change.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: During this course we will explore Lewis' insightful doctrinal perspectives while considering how these may enable members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to understand the revealed gospel of Jesus Christ more insightfully. Our particular focus will be to read and study in order to recognize how Lewis's faithful questioning enabled Lewis to discover the significance of the Christian doctrines and principles he explored. Just as Lewis faithfully explored what he had been taught, we may understand the significance of the Revealed Gospel as we learn how to question what we have been taught in faithful ways. The purpose of this course, then, is to explore fundamental principles and doctrines of the Revealed Gospel of Christ through faithful questioning in an effort to come to understand Jesus Christ and how His atonement may be experienced more meaningfully in our lives.
REQUIREMENTS: This course assumes that students are committed to read and reread texts closely to gain insight into concepts, principles, and doctrines explored during the course.
Since 80% of the course grade will be drawn form the work students accomplish in creating an Intellectual Journal, this course assumes that students are competent writers who are committed to use their writing ability to learn. Grading is based on quizzes, exams, attendance, participation, and a large portion on the Intellectual Journals.
PREREQUISITES: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.