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Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis
Biblica Books / 2010 / Paperback
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Restoring Beauty draws from C.S. Lewis's deep well of insight on the topics of Beauty and Truth, and offers a refreshing sip on the way to rehabilitating our culture's damaged notions of truth and beauty. By analyzing Lewis's eleven novels, Louis Markos shows how Lewis counters the growing cult of the ugly and helps restore a clearer understanding of the nature of good and evil.
More and more in our modern and postmodern culture the twin concepts of beauty and truth have been separated both from each other and from their individual connection to the divine source of Beauty and Truth. Even as our public schools move further and further away from their connection to the universal moral code, the world of art (both high and low) embraces an aesthetic that privileges ugliness over beauty, nihilism over form, and radical self-expression over the pursuit of higher truth. As both an effective apologist for truth-based education and as a sub-creator of his own beauty-enhancing fiction, C.S. Lewis is the ideal guide for those who would seek to restore truth and beauty to their proper place and role in our modern world. Sections one and two analyze Lewis' eleven novels, showing how Lewis counters the growing cult of the ugly and helps restore a clearer understanding of the nature of good and evil. Sections three and four turn to Lewis' nonfiction works to assess what advice Lewis can give educators at all levels who would steer their students away from chronological snobbery and values-free education toward a true re-engagement with the past. The book concludes with a commentary on Screwtape Letters that exposes what Satan's main temptation tactics have been since the 1960s and a detailed bibliographical essay of books by and about Lewis.
Louis A. Markos (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a professor of English at Houston Baptist University where he teaches classical and English literature. He speaks widely on C. S. Lewis and is the author of (Broadman & Holman), and (both Crossway).
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