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New free online course explores the Christianity of C.S. Lewis

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J-P Mauro - published on 05/18/22

Hillsdale College offers dozens of free online courses, catering to anyone who wants to learn.

Just like the kids of the Narnia series, those with a love of learning have the opportunity to step through a door to a world of continuing education thanks to Hillsdale College. This year, Hillsdale has added a new course on the works of C.S. Lewis to their plethora of free online classes. 

It’s not every day a trailer for a college course gets our blood pumping, but Hillsdale College’s preview of their new class, “C.S. Lewis On Christianity,” did just that. In just two minutes, Professor Michael Ward’s exuberant explanation of Lewis’ brilliance attracts prospective students to Hillsdale like a flame draws moths. It’s hard not to get excited for a class when the teacher is so enthusiastic.

“C.S. Lewis On Christianity” is a new course that offers an encounter with the faith and deep wisdom of the English Christian apologist and author. In seven lectures, students will find a deeper understanding of Lewis’ perspectives on the Christian faith, which shaped his most influential works. 

The course delves into Lewis’ Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Abolition of Man. Students will move beyond Lewis’ published works to examine the author’s personal experiences with doubt, conversion, suffering, grief, and joy. On their website, Hillsdale notes several topics that will be explored in the process: 

• argument for objective moral value in response to the rise of modern subjectivism;     
• bittersweet path to conversion and the role of enjoyment in the Christian life;
• advice regarding the proper way to pray and read the Bible;
• teachings concerning the purpose of pain and how to confront suffering and loss;
• insights about the nature of heaven and hell.

Free of charge and stress

As with all Hillsdale classes, the course is free of charge and the workload is taken at the student’s pace. Recorded lectures make it easier than ever to work the class into a busy schedule and assignments can be submitted at the student’s leisure. 

The flexible nature of Hillsdale courses make it ideal for those who wish to broaden their education, but may not have the time for formal classes. As an added bonus, there are no registration dates to consider. Students who want to take a class can begin at a moment’s notice.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 with a mission “to provide all who wish to learn the education necessary to preserve the civil and religious liberties of America.” They launched their online programs in 2011 and have since offered free classes to some 26 million students. 

Visit Hillsdale College today to see if “C.S. Lewis On Christianity” is a good fit for you or someone you know. While you’re there, it’s worth perusing their list of courses that cover topics like “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic,” “Dante’s Divine Comedy,” and “The Second World Wars.” There are also several more courses on C.S. Lewis, if you find “On Christianity” just isn’t enough. 

If you like their courses, consider donating to their fine mission to help keep their classes free for decades to come. 

Learn more at Hillsdale College.

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