Saturday, December 11, 2010

University Profs Assess C.S. Lewis Legacy

As the third Narnia film The Voyage of the Dawn Treader opens this weekend, a separate short documentary – C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today - is available for free viewing online at, an extensive grassroots marketing website put up in advance of the December 10th theatrical release. While Part I of the 25-minute documentary is set up to stream, the remaining four sections are only available as downloadble zip files, and require free registration.

The documentary is a product of Asbury University, a Christian Liberal Arts College in Wilmore, Kentucky. English professor Devin Brown (pictured, below) and Assistant Professor of Media Communications Greg Bandy partnered with students to travel to Los Angeles and other cities to interview various C.S. Lewis experts. Though not an atheist, the converted (Clive Staples) Lewis was very much a “rational Christian;” as such, he felt no need to attend his local church and always sought to debunk the fringes of Christian faith-based bashing of non-believers.

A slick, scholarly project

Bandy capably handles the documentary narration chores, while much of the research credit goes to Brown, a C.S. Lewis scholar. Among others interviewed are Lewis' stepson Doug Gresham, Asbury philosophy professor Michael Peterson and Christian author Chuch Colson.

It's a great example of a university finding sideline opportunity in the release of a major Hollywood studio film, with school senior Austin Berry for example partnering with alumnus Ben Rogers to handle cinematography chores. The documentary premiered on campus December 3rd as part of one of the many “Narnia Nights” held in advance of this weekend's theatrical release. Brown meanwhile is also an advisor and contributor to the book The C.S. Lewis Bible, released last month.

[C.S. Lewis: Why He Matters Today, Part I]

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