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

Louis Markos
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October 10, 2010 1606570986 978-1606570982
C.S. Lewis’ prophetic voice for today’s issues

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, 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’s 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’s 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’s 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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Louis Markos, PhD (, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities; he is author of From Achilles to Christ, Lewis Agonistes, and Pressing Forward: Tennyson and the Victorian Age.

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Biblica Publishing (October 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606570986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606570982
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Markos ( holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film. Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches classes on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU's Honors College. He is the author of six published books (see below) and two lecture series with the Teaching Company (The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis; Plato to Postmodernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author). His Literature: A Student's Guide and On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis are both due out in 2012. He has published some five dozen articles and reviews in such journals as Christianity Today, Touchstone, Theology Today, Christian Research Journal, Mythlore, Christian Scholar's Review, Saint Austin Review, American Arts Quarterly, and The City, and had his modern adaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris performed off-Broadway in the Fall of 2011 (his adaptations of Euripides' Helen and Sophocles' Oedipus are scheduled for performance in 2012 and 2013). He is also the co-author of a script on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lion Awakes, that is currently in pre-production. He is a popular speaker in Houston, and has spoken on such topics as C. S. Lewis, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and Dante in two dozen states and in Oxford and Rome. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator and believes that knowledge must not be walled up in the Academy but must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. He lives in Houston with his wife, Donna, his son, Alex, and his daughter, Stacey.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True, Good and Beautiful! January 25, 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but worthwhile read September 13, 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 December 25, 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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