Reasoning beyond Reason

Imagination as a Theological Source in the Work of C. S. Lewis

By Jeff Sellars

Reasoning beyond Reason

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  • Publication Date: 1/1/2011
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Reasoning beyond Reason

Imagination as a Theological Source in the Work of C. S. Lewis

By Jeff Sellars

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  • Pages: 266
  • Publication Date: 1/1/2011
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About-

There is a seeming dichotomy in C. S. Lewis's writing. On the one hand we see the writer of argumentative works, and on the other hand we have the imaginative poet. Lewis also found this dichotomy within himself. When he was a rationalist and atheist he found that these two sides of him were pulling in different directions: he believed that his rationalist side could not be reconciled with his imaginative side. Once he became a Christian, he eventually found a means of marrying the two--principally, through story and myth.

Within C. S. Lewis studies, there is also a common conception of Lewis as a modern rationalist philosopher, i.e., a rationalist who thinks arguments (and his arguments in particular) are the last answer on the questions he undertakes. Reasoning beyond Reason attempts to take this view to task by placing Lewis back into his pre-modern context and showing that his sources and influences are classical ones. In this process Lewis is viewed through the idea that imagination and reason are connected in an intimate way: they are different expressions of a single divine source of truth, and there is an imagination already present upon which reason works. Lewis's "transpositional" view of imagination implicitly pushes towards a somewhat radical position: the imagination is to be seen as theological in its reliance upon something more than the merely material; it necessarily relies on a transcendent funding for its use and meaning. In other words, the imagination is a well-source for what we might normally label "rational."

Endorsements & Reviews-

"To the modern mind, reason belongs to the cold, objective stare of science. Imagination and story are mere 'culture,' of value only as escapism or entertainment. J. T. Sellars's remarkable book shows how one of Christianity's most learned but enduringly popular defenders, C. S. Lewis, belonged to a richer, classical world where reason is imaginative and the imagination is rational. I warmly welcome its publication."
--Simon Oliver
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Nottingham


"Every serious student of C. S. Lewis will want to read this book because it is basic and right. By 'basic' I mean that it exposes the underlying assumptions and supporting structure of Lewis' work. By 'right' I mean that it locates Lewis where consistently he is to be found, namely, neither on one or the other side of divides, such as between rationalism and fideism, but in a mediating position between them, because, as Sellars makes clear, for Lewis relations precede, undergird, and transcend distinctions."
--Wesley A. Kort
Department of Religion and the Graduate Faculty of Religion
Duke University

Contributors-

Jeff Sellars

Bio(s)-

J. T. Sellars, PhD, is an instructor of philosophy and humanities in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

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