A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

CS Lewis Expert to Speak at Taylor

  • Published: Feb 25, 2015 8:45AM
Jerry Root

Taylor University’s Center for the Study of CS Lewis & Friends is pleased to welcome Dr. Jerry Root as a guest lecturer this spring. Root is a well-known Lewis scholar from Wheaton College who has studied Lewis and his writings for over 40 years and lectured on Lewis at 59 colleges and universities in nine different countries.

Clive Staples ("Jack") Lewis (1898-1963) widely known for his books, which include The Great Divorce; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Mere Christianity. He is viewed as the most effective 20th century writer of Christian apologetics and was a respected scholar and teacher at Oxford University for 29 years and then served as a professor at Cambridge University until the end of his career.

Root will give a series of four talks on CS Lewis. The public is invited; there is no admission charge. 

The topics include:

  • C.S. Lewis and Humility as a Synonym for Honesty, Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m., in Reade 120
  • The Regarded Image: The Medieval World of C.S. Lewis, Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:00 a.m., in MMVA 002

Root has studied C. S. Lewis and numerous subjects related to Lewis since 1970. Both his M.Div. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation were about C. S. Lewis. He has taught college and university courses on C. S. Lewis continuously since 1980.

He was born and raised in Southern California and attended Whittier College, where he wrestled and played football, earning seven varsity letters. It was during his freshman year he became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Root was mentored at Granada Heights Friends Church and was Recorded (the Friend’s equivalent to ordination) with the California Yearly Meeting in 1978. He was ordained in 1980 by College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Root was a college pastor for 19 years at Granada Heights Friends Church in California, and College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He served four years as senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, California. While in Santa Barbara, he was the chaplain for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Root is Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership and teaches in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department at Wheaton College, where he has served since 1996. He has also served as a visiting professor at Biola University and Talbot Graduate School of Theology since 1990. Root and his wife Claudia have four married children and eleven grandchildren.

For more information, visit: www.taylor.edu/cslewis