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C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge
July 26 — August 3, 2011

Paradigms of Hope
Transcending Chaos & Transforming Culture


Afternoon Seminars & Workshops


OX-03 — Beyond Science Fiction: The Theological Thrill of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy

Joseph Pearce

In Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, collectively known as the Space Trilogy, C.S. Lewis employed the fashionable genre of science fiction to counter scientism and the cult of “progress” that animated the work of H.G. Wells and other pioneers of sci-fi. Professor Pearce will look at all three of Lewis’ space novels to illustrate how scientism leads to chaos whereas Christian faith offers the only hope of transcending the chaos of “progress”  with the transforming power of regenerative culture.


Joseph Pearce Joseph Pearce Writer in residence and associate professor of literature at Ave Maria University in Florida, is the author of many biographies of well-known Christian literary figures, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare.  He is editor in chief of Sapientia Press, General Editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and co-editor of the Saint Austin Review (StAR), an international journal of Christian culture.



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