The famed thinker and writer, C.S. Lewis, addressed issues that were paramount and pressing for religious persons in his time. In this volume, and in honor of Lewis, experts in their fields examine topics and challenges that face Christians living their faith today. Originally delivered as invited public lectures in a decade-long series--The Annual C.S. Lewis Legacy Lectures at Westminster College in Missouri--they include faith and reason, theological imagination, religion and ecology, the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, antisemitism, Native American spirituality, science and religion, racism and poverty in the ministry and social action of Martin Luther King, Jr., misconceptions of Islam, religious pluralism, and religion and violence. The authors argue that these issues must be acknowledged and confronted in order for Christianity to remain, or to become relevant, in the current century.
Clifford Chalmers Cain is Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professor of Religious Studies emeritus at Westminster College.
Chapter One: Between Athens and Jerusalem: The Necessary Dilemma of Being a Thinking Christian, by Clifford Chalmers Cain
Chapter Two: Who are We? Whence, Whither, and Why? By Katharine Jefferts Schori
Chapter Three: The Theological Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward
Chapter Four: We Are All Related: The Relevance of Native American Spiritual Traditions, by William A. Young
Chapter Five: Religion, Politics, and Violence: Hope for the Perilous Journey in the Twenty-
First Century, by Charles Kimball
Chapter Six: To Serve This Present Age: Addressing Racism, Poverty, and Militarism Fifty Years after the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Marvin A. McMickle
Chapter Seven: From Other to Brother: An Unprecedented Rapprochement in Our Time, by Philip A. Cunningham
Chapter Eight: Faith in the Face of Fascism: Learning Again from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Larry G. Brown
Chapter Nine: Faith Faces the Future: Contemporary Challenges for Christianity, by Clifford Chalmers Cain
An impressive group of thought-leaders offering fascinating insights on an eclectic array of topics relevant for Christians today. An ideal book for any who appreciate C.S. Lewis as well as all who want to go further and deeper in their faith.
I join Cliff Cain in thanking the Harrods for providing the C.S. Lewis Professorship and lecture series. It was an honor to have such a vibrant lecture series on our campus, and the quality and range of speakers Dr. Cain invited to campus was phenomenal. How good to have the lectures bundled together in this volume, which will be treasured by so many.
The C.S. Lewis Lectures brought some of the world’s top scholars and religious leaders to Westminster College to discuss the relevance of Lewis’ legacy to contemporary religion, politics, and culture. This engaging and insightful anthology, which covers the lecture series in its entirety, is an essential resource for anyone interested in how contemporary challenges for Christian faith might be addressed..