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Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis

Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis [Kindle Edition]

Louis Markos

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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' non-fiction 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0830857451
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (15 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YDRP7S
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5.0 out of 5 stars The True, Good and Beautiful! 26 Jan 2011
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Nicholas of Cusa tells us that we have it exactly backwards today when it comes to learning the Truth. We seem to think that we consume truths and they become a part of us, but it is the contrary, the Truth consumes us and we become a part of the Truth.

Professor Markos in Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis encourages us convincingly that Nicholos of Cusa was right and that to discover this truth is a matter of putting things in their proper order. To do this we need guides like Professor Markos to lead us to the truths that C.S. Lewis explicates in his wonderful writings.

Teachers and parents alike will find this book of immense value if we can stand the shock of hearing truths that contradict the spirit of our age. We are all on a journey of discovering the Truth by which we are to be consumed if we are to be transformed into the humans we were meant to be. If for nothing else but to better instruct our children, we can trust that Professor Markos will light a fire in our hearts and the desire to read and reread C. S. Lewis' works will grow with our understanding. Don't pass up the chance to learn from these great teachers. Let Professor Markos take you on a journey to a deeper understanding of C.S. Lewis' works that are clearly an antidote to the ills of modern society.

Of particular note in our quest for the Good, True and Beautiful, professor Markos begins with Lewis' space trilogy, moves through the Chronicles of Narnia and then takes us through Lewis' brilliant and much overlooked works that illuminate the true nature of education and very properly illustrates that we have made an idol of knowledge and in most cases missed the mark in our efforts to become educated.

As a final treat, the second to last essay, Screwtape's Millennial Toast- Professor Markos extends the account of Screwtape in an engaging and profound way. Screwtape is very pleased with their progress at the dawn of this new millennium. I highly recommend this book as an edifying and very enjoyable field trip through the mind of C.S. Lewis, and I can assure there are valuable treasures to be discovered through this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but worthwhile read 13 Sep 2013
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I heard Professor Markos speak at a convention so I had to read his book. Don't plan a quick read; enter with the expectation of learning something about C.S. Lewis and yourself. I especially recommend this book to fellow educators, but anyone examining Christian values will want to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great author 26 Dec 2010
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I have not had time to read this book as yet; however, every thing I have read by this author is great. He spends much time in research and what is amazing, if you have a question or a comment, he will take the time to respond.
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