C.S. Lewis and the Apologetic Imagination – APOL 330

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/24/2022

Course Description

This course examines the apologetic writings of C. S. Lewis. Particular focus is given to understanding Lewis within his context as well as drawing from various aspects of his apologetic approach for the current cultural moment.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Apologetics involves an ability to meaningfully answer objections to the Christian faith. C. S. Lewis was a master at understanding and responding to the culture in which he lived. He provided sound reasons to believe in Christianity through both his fiction and non-fiction writings. Understanding and applying Lewis’ creative apologetic style helps enable one to share the truth of Christ and Christianity in the modern context.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the presuppositions which undergird Lewis’ apologetic.
  2. Explain C.S. Lewis’ moral argument for God’s existence.
  3. Describe how C.S. Lewis’ approach was fitting for his historical and cultural context.
  4. Apply C.S. Lewis’ apologetic system/arguments to today’s context.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Each thread must cite at least 2 scholarly sources in APA format, and each reply must cite at least 1 scholarly source in APA format. (MLOs: A, B, D)

The student will write a 1000-word letter written in a way that is in keeping with the style and agenda of Uncle Screwtape in Screwtape Letters. (MLOs: A, D)

The student will write a 1000-word essay that addresses Lewis' view of the moral law. The student will then apply the moral law to the individual and community.  The essay should utilize current Turabian format. For this essay, the student will cite support from a minimum of 2 different scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

The student will write a 1000-word essay that addresses and applies the ideas stressed in Jean Bethke-Elshtain's piece on "The Abolition of Man" in the course text. The essay should use current Turabian format. For this essay, the student will cite support from the Bethke-Elshtain piece under consideration and also from Lewis. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)

The student will write a 500-word essay that addresses how fantasy can excite and expand the imagination. The student will consider how fantasy, utilized as a tool for apologetics, might be used to reach today's generation.  The essay must use current Turabian format, and cite support from 2 different scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, C, D)

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions or 2 essay questions, and be limited to 50 minutes. Each quiz allows 1 attempt.  Each quiz is worth 50 points.  (MLOs:  A, B, C, D)