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The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis: Inspiration, Belief and the Power of Language

See the world through the eyes of C. S. Lewis as you join experts to view and discuss rare materials, hear a broadcast from his Oxford days and have a virtual visit of his England home.
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Program No. 21023RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy a comprehensive survey of C. S. Lewis’ life and work. Led by a noted Lewis scholar, focus on his extraordinary imagination and how he presented a rational basis for Christian faith, powerfully, persuasively and delightfully developed in books and movies that have achieved worldwide popularity.
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Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • In addition to selections from his letters, journals, poems, fiction and non-fiction, view and discuss important new video productions and gain perspectives on the ideas, thoughts and opinions of the 20th century’s most popular Christian author.
  • Hear a rare broadcast of one of Lewis’ talks on BBC radio during WWII when he was at Oxford, including material that later appeared in his book on theology, Mere Christianity, considered a classic of Christian apologetics.
  • Take a “virtual” exploration of Lewis’ home — The Kilns — in Oxford, England, and learn about newly discovered love sonnets written to Lewis by his wife, Joy Davidman.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Don King
Don King led seminars on C. S. Lewis at the Kilns — Lewis’ home just outside Oxford — for the C. S. Lewis Foundation in 2004 and 2009. A professor of English at Montreat College since 1974, Don is the author of numerous books including "C. S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse," "Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis," "Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter" and "The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music."

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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