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Mobile Ed: CS341 Influences on the Thought of C. S. Lewis (6 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: CS341 Influences on the Thought of C. S. Lewis (6 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2018–2019

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Join Dr. Jerry Root in this unique course that explores the writings that influenced C.S. Lewis. Filmed at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, this course offers you a look at books owned by Lewis, including the notes and comments that he wrote in them. Dr. Root, who has been studying Lewis for over forty years, unpacks these works and explains why they were important in Lewis’ life and how they influenced his writings. You’ll come away from the course with a better understanding of C.S. Lewis and of some of the classic literature that inspired him.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: An Introduction to C.S. Lewis and the Marion E. Wade Center

  • Who Was C.S. Lewis and What Is the Marion E. Wade Center?
  • Lewis’ Big Idea #1
  • Lewis’ Big Idea #2
  • Lewis’ Big Idea #3: Part 1
  • Lewis’ Big Idea #3: Part 2
  • Lewis’ Big Idea #3: Part 3

Unit 2: C.S. Lewis and the Bible

  • Lewis and the Bible in His Early Days
  • Lewis and the Bibles He Read
  • Lewis and His Views of Scripture
  • Lewis and Reflections on the Psalms
  • Lewis and “Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism”

Unit 3: Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

  • Why Was Boethius so Important to C.S. Lewis?
  • Boethius and “The Romance of the Rose”
  • Boethius and Mere Christianity
  • Boethius and Chaucer: Part 1
  • Boethius and Chaucer: Part 2
  • Boethius and Milton
  • Lewis and the Importance of Reading Old Books

Unit 4: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen

  • Spenser: The Scheme of the Work and Its Big Ideas, Part 1
  • Spenser: The Scheme of the Work and Its Big Ideas, Part 2
  • Spenser and The Allegory of Love
  • Spenser and English Literature in the Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama
  • Spenser’s Images of Life

Unit 5: John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • The Scheme of Paradise Lost
  • A Preface to Paradise Lost
  • Lewis’ Other Worlds and Unfallenness
  • Lewis and the Problem of Pain in a Fallen World
  • Lewis and the Problem of Pain in a Fallen World

Unit 6: George Herbert, The Temple and Poetry Collections

  • The Metaphysical Poets: Donne
  • The Metaphysical Poets: Herbert
  • The Roughness and Density of Life

Unit 7: George MacDonald, Phantastes

  • George MacDonald and the Baptized Imagination: One Form of Imagination among Others, Part 1
  • George MacDonald and the Baptized Imagination: One Form of the Imagination among Others, Part 2
  • George MacDonald Anthology: “Obedience Is the Opener of Eyes”

Unit 8: Dante, La Vita Nuova, The Divine Comedy, De Monarchia

  • Dante as Lewis’ Favorite Narrative Poet
  • Dante’s De Monarchia: “Function Precedes Essence”
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy and Lewis’ Satire: The Great Divorce

Unit 9: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

  • Lewis’ Discovery of Chesterton during World War I
  • Lewis’ Love of Chesterton’s Integration of Faith and Learning

Unit 10: Julian of Norwich, Divine Showings

  • The Medieval Mystics: Who Were They and What Did They Believe?
  • Evelyn Underhill and Julian of Norwich
  • Lewis and the Love of God: Part 1
  • Lewis and the Love of God: Part 2


  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: CS341 Influences on the Thought of C.S. Lewis
  • Instructor: Jerry Root
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6

About the Instructor

Dr. Jerry Root is a graduate of Whittier College (BA) and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University (MDiv). He received his PhD from The Open University. Dr. Root is a professor of evangelism and leadership at Wheaton College, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He serves as the director of the Evangelism Initiative and is a Faculty/Scholar Practitioner at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, both at Wheaton. In addition, Dr. Root has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present, and he has lectured on C.S. Lewis at seventy colleges and universities in eight different countries.

Dr. Root is the author of C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme; the coauthor of The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, The Sacrament of Evangelism, and The Quotable C.S. Lewis; and the coauthor and coeditor of The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-Six of His Best Loved Writings. He has contributed to many other edited works about C.S. Lewis and has published numerous articles about Lewis, evangelism, discipleship, and spiritual formation.

In addition to all things Lewis, Dr. Root enjoys traveling, wine-making, American football, bungee jumping, and rich conversation with everyone he meets.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.