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Joeckel, Samuel.(Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780881464375 (softcover : acid-free paper)
  • ISBN: 0881464376 (softcover : acid-free paper)
  • Physical Description: 427 pages ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Macon, Georgia : Mercer University Press, [2013]

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C.S. Lewis, public intellectual -- The rise of the ... Read More
Subject: Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963.
Public theology.

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The C. S. Lewis Phenomenon : Christianity and the Public Sphere
The C. S. Lewis Phenomenon : Christianity and the Public Sphere
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The C. S. Lewis Phenomenon : Christianity and the Public Sphere


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Joeckel (Palm Beach Atlantic Univ.) offers this commentary on the "Lewis industry"--the proliferation of books and articles about C. S. Lewis. He is especially concerned with Lewis's stature as a public intellectual; as such, Lewis engaged in a certain complicity with his audience. The author's complaint about the volume of writings on Lewis is valid. For many, Lewis has been the last word on Christianity and literature; an excess was to be expected. For those who have studied any of the great thinkers in the church, the cult of Lewis is discomforting. He had none of the dogmatic rigor of Newman, Aquinas, or others like them, and his personal life was far from ascetic. Of course, some of Lewis's biographers were intent on shielding his reputation from his transgressions with women. But this concern does not result in hagiography. Toward the conclusion, Joeckel quotes from a variety of Lewis critics who describe his century as the worst century of all. It was an evil period, but it might be wrong to complain. Joeckel provides an excellent survey of the literature, and his writing is mostly jargon free. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. J. R. Griffin emeritus, Colorado State University-Pueblo

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