The legacy of CS Lewis, 50 years on

Last November (2013), on the 50th anniversary of CS Lewis’s death, Westminster Abbey honoured the novelist, poet, academic and Christian apologist with a memorial in Poet’s Corner. At the same time, a symposium on CS Lewis was held in the church next door to the Abbey, St Margaret’s, Westminster.

Christian Evidence has produced three videos which capture the key lectures of the symposium.

The symposium marked CS Lewis’s career as one of the 20th century’s most notable Christian writers and thinkers. As well as celebrating his remarkable achievements as a writer of fiction, apologetics and scholarship, the event looked at the question of how, in the 21st century, CS Lewis’s example can be followed and his legacy continued.

In the opening lecture (see the video above), Professor Alister McGrath, the author of a recent biography of CS Lewis, explores the role that rational, philosophical argumentation played throughout Lewis’s life, before and after his conversion to Christianity. The lecture is followed by questions from the audience.

Also see the second and third videos here:

Photo from CS Lewis Symposium
CS Lewis and imaginative fiction

Photo from CS Lewis Symposium
CS Lewis and 21st century apologetics

Christian Evidence thanks Westminster Abbey Institute for their permission to film the event and upload it to YouTube. Recording copyright is held by Christian Evidence, Lunar Film and the event participants: Alister McGrath, Malcolm Guite, Michael Ward, William Lane Craig, Michael Ramsden, Jeanette Sears, Peter S Williams and Judith Wolfe.

Also hear audio highlights from the Memorial Service to CS Lewis in Westminster Abbey.

Thanks to Macmillan Media for Tourism Ireland for the use of their additional footage.