Jerry Root, C. S. Lewis and the Power of the Imagination
Lecture Listening Guides
by David Capes
Listening Guide – The Lanier Theological Library
Lecturer: Dr. Jerry Root
Lecture Title: C. S. Lewis and the Power of the Imagination
Date of Lecture: September 16, 2019
- What is the title of C. S. Lewis’ autobiography?
- What kind of approach did Lewis have to the liberal arts?
- What is truth? How does that relate to reality?
- How does Lewis think reason relates to imagination?
- How do the liberal arts relate to the sciences, social sciences and fine arts?
- What is the tendency of the “generous imagination”? Why is it negative?
- What is the tendency of the “transforming imagination”?
- Why does Root suggest that we tell a child he/she is a soul rather than has a soul? What aspects of the soul can get us into the biggest trouble? Why?
- What is the practice of the “shared imagination”?
- What is the difference between the pupil’s metaphor and the master’s metaphor?
- What modern theater and movies retell the story of the incarnation, sometimes without even realizing it?
- What is the practice of the “medieval imagination”?
- What is the practice of the “penetrating imagination”?
- What does Root mean when he says you cannot have the last word on anything but you can have a sure word?
- What does Root say about the importance of expressing doubts?
- What book does C. S. Lewis write that is an allegory? What does he say about the Narnia Chronicles?
- What value did Lewis assign to the myths he studied from other cultures?