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CSU Lens Conference examines the life and career C.S. Lewis

Warren Peper // 02.01.2017

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.” – C.S. Lewis

Lens Conference

The Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership at Charleston Southern University will host the Lens Conference on February 7-8. The conference is designed to help people see their world clearly through the lens of the biblical worldview.

Dr. Jerry Root, professor of Evangelism at Wheaton College, and Bill Smith, Director of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Atlanta, Ga. will explore the life and career of C.S. Lewis, one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the 20th century.

Lewis died in 1963 at the age of 65, but his writings are still relevant.

”Despite the fact that it’s been over 50 years since Lewis’ death, his work can still be read with profit by Christians today,” said CSU’s Dr. Ross Parker, Dean, College of Christian Studies.

Lewis wrote more than 30 books including Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia.  The Narnia books sold over 100 million copies and were also converted into three major motion pictures.

"C. S. Lewis made the Christian gospel accessible to the masses," added CSU Executive Vice President, Michael Bryant.

The event is free and open to the public and CSU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Whitfield Center at (843) 863-7352.


Tuesday, February 7

  • 9:30am: Lecture 1: Insights from the Conversion of C.S. Lewis by Bill Smith
    In this session, we will identify some of the circumstances and events that led to C.S. Lewis’s conversion to orthodox Christianity.  Our reflections on the life of C.S. Lewis result in some insights for living a more faith filled life.
  • 2:00pm: Lecture 2: Wisdom from the Abolition of Man by Dr. Jerry Root


Wednesday, February 8

  • 9:00am: Lecture 3: Gaining Perspective by Connecting Beauty, Wonder and Worship by Bill Smith
  • 11:00am: Lecture 4: The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Dr. Jerry Root
  • 7-8:30pm: The Way of the Pilgrim in the Apologetics of C.S. Lewis by Dr. Jerry Root at The Ridley Institute (St Andrews Anglican Church, Mt Pleasant, SC)

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