Encountering the Deep Things: C. S. Lewis’s Theology of Science Fiction

A Conversation Evening with Andrew Shamy
Monday, 9 October, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Valley Road Church, 1 Valley Road, Mount Eden, Auckland


In C. S. Lewis’s view, the world needs good science fiction. The powerful emotions often aroused by this genre—you either love it or hate it—should warn us, Lewis observes, from thinking of science fiction as something trivial. No, such stories do “something to us at a deep level.”  Science fiction of the type Lewis liked best—stories where the “marvellous is in the grain of the whole work”—can enlarge our being and satisfy deep human longings. Science fiction can help us know reality more deeply and truly.

C. S. Lewis is perhaps better known as a Christian apologist and writer of children’s fantasy stories, but he had a lifelong love of science fiction. He read it, reflected on it, and wrote it, and he played a significant role in the genre’s history in the first half of the 20th century.

Join us over drinks and nibbles, as we use Lewis as a guide to shape our own thinking about the gifts of science fiction to us today, what it can still do to us “at a deep level.” We would love to see you there!