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"Fake It Until You Make It:" A Reflection On Film, Hypocrisy, And Christian Ethics, William Bartley Mar 2018

"Fake It Until You Make It:" A Reflection On Film, Hypocrisy, And Christian Ethics, William Bartley

Journal of Religion & Film

I will argue that a representative group of films including Mr. Lucky (with Cary Grant), Rossellini’s Il Generale della Rovere, and Galaxy Quest affirm an assumption that is as well known as it is offensively false to many: i.e., we acquire a virtue or quality of character by pretending that we already possess it—the ethic colloquially and popularly known as “fake it until you make it.” The importance and power of this ethic, as thoroughly secular as it seems to be, is best understood in the context of its Roman Catholic and ancient philosophical provenance, which for ...


Logos I - Philosophy And The Nature Of Morality: The Abolition Of Man, C.S. Lewis, Lucie Steiner Jan 2018

Logos I - Philosophy And The Nature Of Morality: The Abolition Of Man, C.S. Lewis, Lucie Steiner

Aristos

C.S. Lewis’ objective stance on ethics is argued to be superior to the moral sentimentalism of David Hume, because if there is not agreement on what constitutes moral action, then there is no basis for argument over the existence of moral law.


The Origins Of Morality, Paulina Sanchez Jun 2017

The Origins Of Morality, Paulina Sanchez

Dialogue & Nexus

In modern society, there exists a standard for moral conduct that seems to reign universal over many societies of people. Pinpointing the origins of morality, however, can become problematic because of how one approaches what morality is and what its purpose is in society. Psychologists may point out the social constructs and norms that allow for morality to unfold. Evolutionary biologists may give evidence of human-related species that have developed similar behavioral standards. A Christian theologian may look to scripture in explaining a Creator who ordained that all abide by the standards of conduct most pleasing to this deity. Which ...


A Hierarchy Of Love: Myth In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, Joseph Walls Apr 2012

A Hierarchy Of Love: Myth In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, Joseph Walls

Masters Theses

In C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, the transposed creature is drawn up into its "kindly stede" as a sacramental symbol of Christ through that fictional planet's unbroken relationship between meaning and form. Although Perelandra's "wheels-within-wheels" hierarchy may at first seem reminiscent of Catholicism's teachings on symbol, as a Protestant, Lewis believes that human beings cannot be truly sacramental symbols until the return of Christ. Lewis's optimistic depiction of a cosmic hierarchy is one of perfect love: superiors rule their subordinates with agape, and creatures who discover their submissive roles reciprocate with eros or adoring love. Every ...


Roads To The Great Eucatastrophie: The Christian Mythology Of C.S. Lewis And J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Ann Hess Jan 2010

Roads To The Great Eucatastrophie: The Christian Mythology Of C.S. Lewis And J.R.R. Tolkien, Laura Ann Hess

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

The purpose of this thesis is to analyze how C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien created mythology that is fundamentally Christian but in vastly different ways. This task will be accomplished by examining the childhood and early adult life of both Lewis and Tolkien, as well as the effect their close friendship had on their writing, and by performing a detailed literary analysis of some of their mythological works. After an introduction, the second and third chapters will scrutinize the elements of their childhood and adolescence that shaped their later mythology. The next chapter will look at the ...


C.S. Lewis: The Abolition Of Man, Christopher Horton Nov 1999

C.S. Lewis: The Abolition Of Man, Christopher Horton

Inklings Forever

In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis calls the natural, moral law of the universe by the name Tao. This essay seeks to define Lewis’s idea of the Tao, demonstrate where the principle of the Tao is reinforced in Lewis’s fictional works, and conclude with Lewis’s ‘prophetical’ warnings to modern humanity’s rebellion against the Tao.


The Atheistic Influences Of The Christian Apologist, Eric Mcglaughlin Nov 1999

The Atheistic Influences Of The Christian Apologist, Eric Mcglaughlin

Inklings Forever

C.S. Lewis, though considered a great apologist for the Christian faith, did not become a Christian until the age of thirty-one. The many years spent as an atheist not only influenced his writings after his conversion, but allowed him to become a great apologist.


Virtue, Civilization And The Restitution Of Man, Angus J.L. Menuge Nov 1999

Virtue, Civilization And The Restitution Of Man, Angus J.L. Menuge

Inklings Forever

One of the greatest issues facing modern civilization to day is the evasion of character formation in individuals. The value of personal virtue is not something apart from public responsibility, but intrinsically intertwined. In his various books and writings C.S. Lewis reveals four areas where he observed this decline: the failure of modern ethics, scientism, educational trends, and the rise of propaganda as a surrogate for moral influence.


Paradise Imperiled In Perelandra: C.S. Lewis's Theology Of Temptation, Ted Dorman Nov 1999

Paradise Imperiled In Perelandra: C.S. Lewis's Theology Of Temptation, Ted Dorman

Inklings Forever

In Perelandra, the second book of C.S. Lewis’ Space Triology, the characters replay the scenario of the garden of Eden on a new planet. Through this narrative Lewis reveals his insights into the nature of temptation.


C.S. Lewis's Ontological View Of The Demonic: Satan As An Explanatory Postulate, John David Geib Nov 1999

C.S. Lewis's Ontological View Of The Demonic: Satan As An Explanatory Postulate, John David Geib

Inklings Forever

In his Space Trilogy, C.S. Lewis speaks on the nature of demons and angels, revealing their interactions and influence on mankind, as well as their role in God’s plan.


The Abolition Of Man: First Principles And Pre-Evangelism (Or "What C.S. Lewis Taught My Brother"), Ted Dorman Jan 1997

The Abolition Of Man: First Principles And Pre-Evangelism (Or "What C.S. Lewis Taught My Brother"), Ted Dorman

Inklings Forever

In his work, The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis expresses a powerful analysis of the modern philosophies of the day. By defending what was deemed subjective and revealing the end point of modern thought, he communicates the Gospel in a way that resonates with unbelievers.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Shadows That Fall: The Immanence Of Heaven In The Fiction Of Lewis And Macdonald, David Manley Jan 1997

Shadows That Fall: The Immanence Of Heaven In The Fiction Of Lewis And Macdonald, David Manley

Inklings Forever

C.S. Lewis’s view of heaven were shaped by George MacDonald’s fiction. By examining the fiction of of both men we see their vision of heaven, how art imitates heaven, and how heaven shall come to earth.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


The Friendship Of Lewis And Tolkien, John Seland Jan 1997

The Friendship Of Lewis And Tolkien, John Seland

Inklings Forever

Surveys the friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and how each influenced the other.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Some Shattering Simplicity: Suffering, Love, And Faith In The Thought Of C.S. Lewis, Jennifer Woodruff Jan 1997

Some Shattering Simplicity: Suffering, Love, And Faith In The Thought Of C.S. Lewis, Jennifer Woodruff

Inklings Forever

A repeated theme in the works of C.S. Lewis is the tension inherent in why and how we believe and accept Christianity. Christianity makes sense of reality, but at the same time shatters all our expectations of reality. Examining Lewis’s writings about the nature of suffering, faith, and love we learn how this is not a contradiction but a shattering simplicity that reveals the truth about reality.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


C.S. Lewis: Past Watchful Dragons, Stephanie Jones Jan 1997

C.S. Lewis: Past Watchful Dragons, Stephanie Jones

Inklings Forever

Through his many stories C.S. Lewis has a unique way in which he engages the reader, first catching them with an idea, then slipping past the “watchful dragons” of our intellect to speak to our deepest parts. These stories are often discussed intellectually, but it is also important to know how these stories impact readers on a personal level.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Full Issue 1997 (Volume 1) Jan 1997

Full Issue 1997 (Volume 1)

Inklings Forever

The collected papers presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Till We Have Faces: A Restoration Of Perspective On The Condition Of Man, Joan Alexander Jan 1997

Till We Have Faces: A Restoration Of Perspective On The Condition Of Man, Joan Alexander

Inklings Forever

Man’s relationship to a Divine Being is one of the persisting concerns of literature, with modern leanings contending that God does not exist or does not involve himself with man. C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces concerns itself with this approach to God, proposing that it might not be God who is the problem but man’s perception of him.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


The Apologetics Of Chesterton And Lewis In A World Marked By Disbelief, Michael R. Smith Jan 1997

The Apologetics Of Chesterton And Lewis In A World Marked By Disbelief, Michael R. Smith

Inklings Forever

In an age characterized by meaninglessness and relativeness, arguments once thought to be timeless are challenged by a postmodernism world view that evaluates all ideas as equal and flawed just the same. G.K Chesterton and C.S. Lewis are two sources of authority regularly referenced by current apologists, and provide a variety of logically sound arguments for Christianity.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Unto The End Of The World: Omega Point Eschatology In C.S. Lewis And Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Chris Smith Jan 1997

Unto The End Of The World: Omega Point Eschatology In C.S. Lewis And Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Chris Smith

Inklings Forever

There are many diverse understandings of the futuristic passages of scriptures and how to interpret their terms and symbols. Two eschatological perspectives on the “Omega Point” (the end of time when God would re-unite the church with himself) can be found in the writings of French Jesuit anthropologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and British Scholar C.S. Lewis.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Myth Made Truth: Origins Of The Chronicles Of Narnia, Mark Bane Jan 1997

Myth Made Truth: Origins Of The Chronicles Of Narnia, Mark Bane

Inklings Forever

The Chronicles of Narnia are some of C.S. Lewis’s most beloved books, but how did they come about and what was their purpose? By tracing his life, interests, and faith one can see how these elements shaped Lewis’s narrative of Narnia.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


The Question Of Biblical Allegory In Tell We Have Faces, David Bedsole Jan 1997

The Question Of Biblical Allegory In Tell We Have Faces, David Bedsole

Inklings Forever

In 1956, C.S. Lewis published a retelling of a pagan myth, Till We Have Faces. On the surface one may simply read it as a retelling, but considering his career as a theological author one can see how Till We Have Faces is rich with Christian themes and thought.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Till Poems Have Faces, Lou Olson Jan 1997

Till Poems Have Faces, Lou Olson

Inklings Forever

Through his collected poems and his book Till We Have Faces C.S. Lewis explores what it means to be human, and how we can experience fellowship with God.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer In The Shadowlands, Angus Menuge Jan 1997

C.S. Lewis: Lightbearer In The Shadowlands, Angus Menuge

Inklings Forever

Angus J.L. Menuge discusses editing his book, Lightbearer in the Shadowlands: The Evangelistic Vision of C.S. Lewis.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Old Poet Remembered: The Case For The Poetry Of C.S. Lewis, David Landrum Jan 1997

Old Poet Remembered: The Case For The Poetry Of C.S. Lewis, David Landrum

Inklings Forever

Though well known for his fiction and essays, C.S. Lewis also wrote in poetry. Often forgotten or considered less than his prose, his poems are rich with meaning and pleasure. The author offers some perspectives on how those who love Lewis’s prose might learn to love his poetry as well.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Human Destiny In That Hideous Strength, Wilfred Martens Jan 1997

Human Destiny In That Hideous Strength, Wilfred Martens

Inklings Forever

Though the most different book from his space trilogy, That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis is an important part of the narrative within the trilogy. Whereas Out of the Silent Plant and Paralandra spoke of the battle of good and evil in distant space, That Hideous Strength presents the same battle happening on earth. This narrative poses a question of readers in a way that the others did not, asking them how they will respond to the battle happening in their home world. In doing so, Lewis presents a case on the nature of man and his influence over ...


Wordsmiths As Warriors: The Intellectual Honesty Of G.K. Chesterton And C.S. Lewis, Daryl Charles Jan 1997

Wordsmiths As Warriors: The Intellectual Honesty Of G.K. Chesterton And C.S. Lewis, Daryl Charles

Inklings Forever

The writings of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis are rich with creativity and intellect, and maintain a strong defense for Christianity. They are models for the Christian apologist through their direct engagement with the world while loving it as Christ did.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


C.S. Lewis And Christian Scholarship, Bruce Edwards Jan 1997

C.S. Lewis And Christian Scholarship, Bruce Edwards

Inklings Forever

While well-loved and known for his profound impact on Christian apologetics, C.S. Lewis also made a mark on the world as a skilled academic. By observing his life one can see that his Christian work and academic work were not distinct, but born from the same desire to follow Christ.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.


Perspectives In Strength: Four Women In The Writings Of Lewis And Tolkien, Angela Fortner, Peter Marshall Jan 1997

Perspectives In Strength: Four Women In The Writings Of Lewis And Tolkien, Angela Fortner, Peter Marshall

Inklings Forever

Studies the characters of four women in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and how they differ from traditional women characters found in mythopoetic literature.

Presented at the 1997 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium.