Publication Date

Spring 5-27-2011


Helms School of Government; School of Communication


Government: International Studies; English

Primary Subject Area

Literature, English


C. S. Lewis, Literature, Literary Criticism


Reading and Language


This thesis examines the reasons why Christians should read literature, how they should read, and what they should read through the perspective, literary vision, and imaginative genius of C. S. Lewis. Reading a variety of literature, particularly classic literature, not only does not contradict a biblical Christian worldview but also has the potential to enhance the Christian faith.

This thesis explores the unique approach of C. S. Lewis, one of the literary giants of the twentieth century. Through his perspective, this paper will examine the value of literature, the proper way to determine what constitutes a “good book,” and how such books ought to be read.