It turns out I am still not even close to scratching the surface. There are thousands of great authors and historical figures that have shaped our understanding of present day theology, church life, and biblical studies. Some are obscure figures from the past that only most PhD's are aware of and then there are others that seem to show up time and again. For the past 100 years or so people like Karl Barth, Immanuel Kant, Friederich Schleiermacher, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Hans Kung, Feminist Theology, Liberation Theology, Robert Alter, Walter Brueggemann, NT Wright, Eugene Peterson, and hundreds others have shaped how we think today. And if they have not shaped how we think they certainly have shaped the conversations we have.
I have somehow missed his works of theology. I have read the Narnia adventures but I am sure many have as well. I recently realized my short coming when a young adult group in a church in Lincoln decided to read his "Screwtape Letters." I like that they are reading books and having conversation, but I quickly realized if I was in that room with them, I would have nothing to say or contribute because I have not read it. So I have decided to read the so called, "C.S. Lewis Signature Classics" this summer.
- Mere Christianity
- Screwtape Letters
- The Problem with Pain
- The Great Divorce
- A Grief Observed
The goal is to be aware of C.S. Lewis's thoughts but also to again stretch my spiritual imagination. I will be writing about my readings often this summer. Feel free to join the conversation by commenting on this blog. You can get copies of these books at just about any book store or online in paperback or in digital format. I look forward to sharing what I discover and hope you will join me as well.