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Online Video – C. S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today

April 12, 2013

Why Lewis Matters1What do you do if you want to introduce a friend to the influential work of C.S. Lewis? Of course, the best thing would be to find out what style of writing they like and recommend a specific book by Lewis they would likely enjoy. Trouble is you may not be familiar enough with his work to suggest a title. A possible solution to your problem is to use the power of the Internet to help! While this blog here or my larger site was created with part of this in mind, sometimes you just want some quick and simple. That’s what I want to tell about today.

A few years ago a video was produced around the same time that the Hollywood version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader came out. Written by Dr. Devin Brown and Greg Bandy (who also does the narration), C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today was first available through a site promoting that movie and then also available for purchase at events where Dr. Brown spoke. Then in late February of this year (2013) it was posted on YouTube to reach an even wider audience (note: video is viewable below).

Why Lewis Matters3This production is rather short (it’s just less than 25 minutes, including credits) but it doesn’t hope to give you a detailed look at Lewis. Rather, as the title suggests, it wants to tell you “why (Lewis) matters today.” Originally the video was in five shorter segments for an individual to reflect on the parts, or a group to discuss them.  This YouTube version presents the material seamless, but the divisions are obvious enough to pause them if desired.

As for the actual content, the information about Lewis is present in the form of short comments by a variety of well-known individuals or experts on Lewis. This includes, Tim and Kathy Keller, Chuck Colson, Doug Gresham, Eric Metaxas, Devin Brown, Micheal Flaherty, Mike Peterson, Phil Cooke, Mark Joseph, Craig Detweiler and Joseph Pearce. Specifically, the material is divided into the following parts.

  1. Introduction

  2. Reclaiming Christian Reason

  3. Rediscovering Christian Imagination

  4. Restoring a Christian Vision of Humanity

  5. Epilogue

Again, the video is rather short, but that isn’t a negative. It can either serve as a brief reminder to someone already enjoying Lewis how great of a writer he was, or help introduce a person less familiar with him what interesting things he wrote and why he stills matters today.

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Hear more about why Lewis matters today from my interview with Dr. Alister McGrath.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    April 15, 2013 8:42 pm

    Outstanding,if you proclaim Christ and your life isn’t radically changed stop,get on your knees and cry uncle.If like Lewis in his youth you think your mind has figured it all out or just aren’t interested in the least,get on you knees and cry uncle because you have already lost.

  2. April 17, 2013 3:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Unterwegs.

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