C. S. Lewis

Questions: The Key to the Country from Whence the Shadows Fall

Every parent I know is intimately familiar with the barrage of questions we receive from our children. This past summer our family spent a week at a beautiful lake in the mountains of North Carolina. My wife, a high school literature teacher, and I, a religious studies teacher, planned to use our peaceful vacation as …

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Why Ceremony is Not Nonessential

In the past few months, I have seen young friends, after anticipating their high school graduations for four years, resign themselves to virtually “walking” on Zoom. I have seen engaged couples, dreaming of their weddings for several decades, reluctantly decide to live-stream their services from an almost-empty church. I have seen a lawyer, having reached …

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Pondering and Doxology: St. Augustine’s Pedagogical Pattern

This article is part two in a series of reflections on what The Confessions of Saint Augustine has to say to modern educators. In a culture obsessed with efficiency, performance, and competition, we often overlook one of life’s simple pleasures–a pleasure that children experience readily until grown-ups teach it out of them. Lewis explains this …

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Why Leisure Can Save You from Hell (Or, Don’t Go to Lunch Just Yet)

In That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis tells the story of Mark Studdock, a servile man who ironically comes to realize his true freedom in the limitation of a jail cell. However unpleasant it may be, we have it on good authority that “being at close quarters with death” can actually be good medicine for the …

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