December 14, 2010
C.S. Lewis: Advocate for Animals
Beloved author of The Chronicles of Narnia is also a fierce animal advocate, writes scholar Gerald Root, Ph.D.
Read an original work by preeminent C.S. Lewis scholar, Gerald Root, Ph.D. “C.S. Lewis as Advocate for Animals” touches on the many literary genres Lewis’ uses to make a case for human responsibility for the animals. These include his letters, literary criticism, fiction, Christian apologetics, and essays.
"C. S. Lewis was a magnanimous man and had a love of animals as well as a passion for the advocacy for the ethical and moral treatment of animals. He employs many literary genres to make a case for man‘s responsibility for the animals ... Furthermore, Lewis provides a model for advocacy on behalf of animals whenever fresh challenges occur, which can be helpful to those who share his concerns. Lewis‘s method of argumentation is rooted in objectivity pursued and guarded by the checks and balances of authority, reason, and experience."
Root is an associate professor at Wheaton College, as well as associate director for the Billy Graham Institute for Strategic Evangelism and director of the Wheaton Evangelism Initiative. He has written C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: an Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and is the co-author and co-editor of The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Furthermore, he is co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of the best-selling and award-winning The Quotable C.S. Lewis. He is also the consulting editor of the new Harper Collins C.S. Lewis Bible. He has lectured about C.S. Lewis at 48 college or university campuses in 11 countries and has taught college and graduate courses on C.S. Lewis for 30 years.