C.S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy Reading Club (Summer)
Term: Summer 2020, June 16–July 16 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: 7+ (and parents of enrolled students)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
This reading club will journey into C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, where the cosmic forces of good and evil battle for the fate of the universe! Along with simply enjoying the stories themselves, we will delve into the moral and social commentary Lewis was making about the modern world, discuss how the trilogy paid homage to his literary group the Inklings, and note the fascinating connections these stories have with The Chronicles of Narnia.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
*Required course materials:
- Out of the Silent Planet
- That Hideous Strength
- Planet Narnia by Michael Ward (optional resource)
- Selected related articles and chapters from Lewis and others about the trilogy (if time)
*Books are not included in the purchase of the course. We have supplied links to Amazon for convenience, but any edition of the book is acceptable.
Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org
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