A Different Conversion by a Different C.S. Lewis: An Analysis of Surprised By Joy

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Title:
A Different Conversion by a Different C.S. Lewis: An Analysis of Surprised By Joy
Authors:
Knibbe, Stefan
Abstract:
C.S. Lewis is perhaps as well known for his life story as his literary accomplishments. Central to that narrative is his shocking conversion from atheism to Christianity. Despite this Surprised by Joy, Lewis's primary work on the subject, has not been the centre of a focused study. This thesis reveals that, prior to writing Surprised by Joy, Lewis developed a growing appreciation for how experiences and story factored in religious belief. Rather than focusing on arguments, Surprised by Joy tells the story of how Lewis came to terms with his fundamental experiences of the world. Tension between these experiences and his worldview drove Lewis onward until they were reconciled by his acceptance of The True Myth. Using Vollenhoven's Reformed Philosophy, I show the implications of Surprised by Joy: that the stories we feel ourselves to be living in circumscribe our experiences and knowledge, and that conversion involves coming to inhabit the biblical story.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
May-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/555428
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Experience; Religious belief; World views; Vollenhoven, D. H. Theodoor (Dirk Hendrik Theodoor), 1892-1978; Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963; Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Surprised by Joy; Sorrow; Narrative; Reformed philosophy; Conversion; Surprised by Joy
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This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
Appears in Collections:
Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorKnibbe, Stefanen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-21T17:02:38Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-21T17:02:38Z-
dc.date.issued2015-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/555428-
dc.description.abstractC.S. Lewis is perhaps as well known for his life story as his literary accomplishments. Central to that narrative is his shocking conversion from atheism to Christianity. Despite this Surprised by Joy, Lewis's primary work on the subject, has not been the centre of a focused study. This thesis reveals that, prior to writing Surprised by Joy, Lewis developed a growing appreciation for how experiences and story factored in religious belief. Rather than focusing on arguments, Surprised by Joy tells the story of how Lewis came to terms with his fundamental experiences of the world. Tension between these experiences and his worldview drove Lewis onward until they were reconciled by his acceptance of The True Myth. Using Vollenhoven's Reformed Philosophy, I show the implications of Surprised by Joy: that the stories we feel ourselves to be living in circumscribe our experiences and knowledge, and that conversion involves coming to inhabit the biblical story.en_GB
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- The nature of sorrow and joy -- An account of the narrative of Surprised by Joy -- Justifying and explicating the reading in light of Vollenhoven -- Conclusionen_GB
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.en_GB
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_GB
dc.subjectExperienceen_GB
dc.subjectReligious beliefen_GB
dc.subjectWorld viewsen_GB
dc.subjectVollenhoven, D. H. Theodoor (Dirk Hendrik Theodoor), 1892-1978en_GB
dc.subjectLewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963en_GB
dc.subjectLewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Surprised by Joyen_GB
dc.subjectSorrowen_GB
dc.subjectNarrativeen_GB
dc.subjectReformed philosophyen_GB
dc.subjectConversionen_GB
dc.subjectSurprised by Joyen_GB
dc.titleA Different Conversion by a Different C.S. Lewis: An Analysis of Surprised By Joyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en_GB
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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